Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy 


Therapeutic yoga is a complementary healing modality that addresses the physical, emotional, mental, energetic, and spiritual realms of the human experience.

Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy introduces holistic yoga techniques and practices that promote self-awareness, embodiment, self-regulation, resiliency, and safety, in a way that allows practitioners to easily implement these practices into integrative and  holistic health programs. These practices include, but are not limited to: 8-limb yoga practices, including restorative and therapeutic physical postures, ayurvedic lifestyle habits, breathing exercises, mindful meditation, focus techniques, somatic expressive movement, and art. 

Students will learn what trauma-informed/trauma-sensitive yoga is and why this matters when working with specific populations in group or one-on-one sessions and classes. Key concepts from the philosophy of classic yoga texts and sources will be introduced, as well as practical techniques that are effective toward creating homeostasis across many systems of the body.  

Students will gain a deep understanding and working knowledge of anatomy, physiology and current research of the brain, nervous system, enteric nervous system, vagus innervation, as well as practices that enhance and invigorate the gut, heart, and brain connection. We will address common mental, emotional, energetic and biological imbalances such as: anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, PTSD, insomnia, addiction, and lifestyle and cultural stress. Students in this course will learn common diagnoses, medications, and typical treatments from the current medical and mental health systems. 

Practitioners will gain not only practical knowledge of these extensive practices but also a deeper understanding and mastery of the creation and maintenance of a yogic therapeutic alliance, based on equanimity and celebration of each of us as sacred beings.

Upcoming Course

July 2022

Ways To Take This Course:

  • This course can be used toward completion of our Level II 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy Certification. Save money by registering for your Holistic Yoga Therapy Certification

  • General Attendance (workshop only)

  • Take as a Continuing Education Credit (CEC) with Yoga Alliance

Three Ways to Attend

Level III - Holistic Yoga Therapy Course Work - Pay in Full

$2,700.00 USD
Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy

$650.00 USD

Master Teacher

Joy Ravelli

For over 20 years, Joy Ravelli has led workshops, retreats, and yoga teacher trainings. Joy is the co-owner and founder of Purusha Studio and School in San Francisco, CA. She is also the founder of the Purusha Seva Project, a non profit organization that brings powerful yoga practices to underserved and at-risk populations throughout the Bay Area and the world. Joy has a master-level of experience and knowledge in the fields of natural fitness, somatic movement, thai yoga bodywork, martial arts, pilates, and classic yoga. She enjoys meditating and practicing with diverse people, places, animals, children and nature, while celebrating all the connected magic in this world.

Elizabeth McKinley

Elizabeth is a Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Yoga Therapist exploring the intersections of physical, mental, and emotional health. Elizabeth completed her 500-hour training at Purusha Yoga School in 2014. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco.


Since 2009 Elizabeth has worked in mental health and substance abuse programs, providing counseling and case management to adults. As a Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist, she explores the resiliency of the human body and spirit, as well as the importance of community and self-care. She believes that each individual has the strength and wisdom within oneself to heal and live with purpose, and this belief deeply influences her yoga offerings.


Elizabeth has found tremendous personal healing through yoga and is dedicated to sharing this vibrancy. She is a lead teacher at Purusha Yoga School, specializing in Holistic Coaching, Mental Health, and Restorative Yoga. She offers classes, workshops, retreats, and trainings throughout the Bay Area that aim to empower individuals and groups to embody their greatest health and inherent wholeness.

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