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.

“This training is as much intellectually eye-opening as it is deeply heart-opening. 
This training and this work are what the world needs more of. ” –YBB Trainee Olympia 2018

Register here.


Friday, December 6 – Sunday, December 8, 2019

Bellingham YWCA – Giesecke Ballroom
1026 N Forest St. Bellingham, WA 98225

Friday, December 6 – 10am-5pm

Saturday, December 7 – 8:30am-4pm

Sunday, December 8 – 8:30am-2:30pm

There will be a one hour lunch break each day. 

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:
    • 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


This training is for yoga and meditation teachers as well as anybody wanting to study yoga based tools to work with trauma. We have had many people take this training and apply it to other settings–from social work, to schools, to dance education, to nursing, and even horseback riding therapy! All are welcome. A 200-hour training or equivalent experience is only required if you go on to teach with YBB. We also have a few opportunities to volunteer as a teaching assistant for those without a 200 hour training. If you have more questions, please visit our FAQ page here

We’re excited for you to join a national movement for creating social change with trauma informed yoga and meditation!
About the Trainers:

Jess Frank (she/her/hers) has served as YBB’s Program Director since 2015. Her passion for YBB’s work sparked at the start of her career and has only grown since she became a YBB volunteer instructor in 2013. Through YBB, she has trained nearly 500 people in trauma-informed teaching. Facilitating the training is one of her favorite parts of her job! Jess pairs her knowledge of yoga, which she learned while living in India for 2.5 years, with a broad understanding of the criminal legal system through her current work and previous roles as program coordinator for the Post Prison Education Program and University Beyond Bars.



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.




Training fees: Sliding Scale*

$395 Access Rate (this is the subsidized rate for those who need financial assistance to access the training)
$495 Standard Rate (this covers the expenses of the training)
$595 Sustaining Rate (paying this rate subsidizes scholarships for formerly-incarcerated participants and others with less financial ability)
All rates include 17 hours of training and a $75 manual. 

*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


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