Join a growing force in your community creating positive change with trauma-sensitive yoga, movement, and meditation!
Study with experts in the field, and cover topics such as social justice and yoga, trauma-informed instructional strategies, boundaries, and self care.
This training is for anybody wanting to learn trauma-informed, somatic tools. Past participants have included yoga instructors, medical professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, detention staff and people who want to deepen their own practice.
Friday, January 18 – Sunday, January 20, 2019
True Self Yoga – 2727 Westmoor Ct SW, Olympia, WA 98502 (MAP)
Friday, January 18: 8:00am-3:00pm with 1 hour lunch break
Saturday, January 19 from 8:30am-4:00pm with 1 hour lunch break
Sunday, January 20 from 9:00am-3:00pm with 1 hour lunch break
Sliding scale from $395-595, a limited number of scholarships are available for people of color, formerly incarcerated folks, and partial work/trade by request.
What you can expect:
- A brave space for self-exploration, growth, and community building
- Thorough preparation to offer trauma informed yoga and meditation in jail, prison or any other setting to foster connection, safety, and healing. Including:
- Boundary training
- Verbal adjustments and languaging
- Time with current YBB instructors
- Culture inside prisons
- Training on race and social justice and skills for working in environments of suffering/trauma in a sustainable and just way
- Inspiration and community
- The 60+ page Yoga Behind Bars manual, valued at $75
- 17 hours of CE credit with Yoga Alliance
Rosa Vissers sees movement as a powerful pathway to reclaiming our beauty, resilience, and connection — to ourselves and each other. As the Executive Director of Yoga Behind Bars, she has taught yoga to hundreds of incarcerated people and trained more than 300 teachers to instruct trauma-informed yoga and meditation behind bars. In 2015 Rosa spearheaded YBB’s launch of its Yoga Teacher Trainings behind bars, one of the country’s first, and she has presented a TEDx talk on yoga in prisons. She is a Contributing Editor to the upcoming Yoga Service Council book: Best Practices for Teaching Yoga in the Criminal Justice System. Rosa has an extensive background as a professional dance artist and holds an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. She completed her 500-hr Yoga Teacher Training in 2007 at Centered City Yoga in Salt Lake City.
Jess Frank is YBB’s Program Director. Her passion for providing transformative opportunities to incarcerated people sparked at the start of her career and has only grown since she became a YBB instructor over three years ago. As a program coordinator for the Post Prison Education Program and University Beyond Bars, Jess became both intimately acquainted with the challenges facing people in the criminal justice system and deeply inspired by the dedication of the students. As YBB’s program director, Jess manages and mentors volunteers, oversees program expansion, and conducts site visits and evaluations. One of the highlights of her week is teaching yoga to 25 students at the men’s prison in Monroe.
Natalie Cielle is joining the dream team above to co-lead this training. She is a born and mostly-raised-in-the-PNWer with a 10 year stint in New Orleans and co-founded Yoga Behind Bars in 2008 with founder, Shaina Traisman. She had the privilege of beginning many programs that are still going strong today. She is a 500-Hr yoga teacher with a very deep and wide meditation practice, who is also grounded and humbled daily by her four year old daughter. She hopes to bring her experience into the room to support you as you start, or deepen, this transformational work.
Alyssa Pizarro After leaving a 10 year corporate career in New York and moving to Seattle, Alyssa was able to pursue her passion for yoga in 2011. Alyssa likes to emphasize patience and self-acceptance in her classes with an approachable and welcoming tone. Alyssa completed a 200 hour yoga certification in Nairobi, Kenya through Africa Yoga Project with Live Your Yoga, a program within the the Baptiste lineage. She has attended both Street Yoga and multiple Off the Mat, Into the World trainings. Alyssa is certified as a Level II Reiki instructor and as a Death Doula, and when able, enjoys being an Adaptive Yoga NW volunteer. Her time practicing yoga has taught her the power behind discovering self-love and she is committed to making yoga accessible to all.
Training fees: Sliding Scale*
*It is our hope that offering a sliding scale will help us grow a strong and sustainable teaching community. If you can ask others for financial support, such as family members, partners, or friends, please consider using those personal resources before you choose the access level of the sliding scale. Many of our past participants have successfully fundraised in their communities to cover their training fees.
Payment/Cancellation Policy Payments in installments, scholarships for people of color, formerly incarcerated, and partial work/exchange available, please contact us for more information.
- Please note that we ask for a $40 administrative fee from all participants
- If you need to cancel your registration:
- Up to 14 days before training, you will get reimbursed in full, minus a $40 administrative fee
- Cancellations within 14 days of the training will be refunded 50%
- Cancellations within 7 days of the training will not be reimbursed, except in case of emergency
Welcome to the ever-unfolding story that is Yoga Behind Bars!read more
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Reflections from our Executive Director on teaching trauma-informed yoga at WCCW.read more