Mon - Sun


95 Danforth Ave, Toronto


Trauma-Informed YTT

Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training for Mental Wellbeing

Sat June 22 & Sun June 23, 2024

With Cynthia Funk and Rachael Allen

9:00 am to 6:00 pm with a 30-minute lunch break

This is a Hybrid course, with options both online via Zoom and in-person. This course can be used towards a 300-Hour Certificate.

Learn about the effect of trauma on the mind, body, and nervous system. Upgrade your skills and qualifications, so you can safely support students’ in public classes, workshops or with your private clients.

Yoga and other mindfulness practices are often recommended to people suffering from trauma symptoms, mental health issues and chronic stress, so it is vital that yoga instructors have a basic understanding of the effects of yoga and mindfulness on mental health issues.

This course will include: science-based answers to questions around mental health, trauma and mindfulness, how to create a safe space and the potential risks of a mindfulness activities. Learn to use language to build trust and relaxation, that will improve your communication abilities to cultivate a supportive safe space.

We have created the curriculum so that you will have the opportunity to embody the practices and integrate the material. The course includes expanding your sensitivity, and leadership skills to set up yoga programs to create a deeper compassionate contributions in your community.

The course comes with a detailed and comprehensive manual

  • 17 hours of Faculty-led session
  • 3-hour homework assignment due by Sunday, July 7, 2024
  • A certificate is granted upon successful completion.

$500 (Not subject to HST)
10% off for YSA Alumni

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Tuition fees are 100% deductible on your tax return.

Canadian students will receive an official Tuition Fee Receipt (T2202A) for Income Tax purposes for any of our Yoga Teacher Training Programs.

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Cynthia Funk

In 1997, Cynthia began her teaching career in an all women’s health facility at  The McGill Club, to women ranging in age from late 20’s to 92, many of whom had been practicing yoga for decades. At Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness (formerly Peel Memorial Hospital), where her mother was a psychiatric nurse in an adolescent unit, Cynthia taught for several years to teenagers suffering from emotional and mental disorders, ranging from depression, ADD, ADHD, anxiety, bi-polar, and schizophrenia.

Working with this diverse range of students allowed her to hone her skills. She became adept at creating safe and inclusive classes. She hosted and participated twice in Street Yoga Trauma Informed Training with Mark Lilly, Lead Trainer.

Mark’s advice below encapsulates Cynthia’s own experiences.

“One of the things we do is work on getting ourselves to see yoga not as 90 minutes on the mat in a studio, but so much more: it could be five minutes in a hallway with one kid, helping her breathe and calm down before she meets a probation officer. It could be working with staff to help them ground and centre in their own breathing. There are so many ways we use yoga in our own lives without realizing it, and a big part of the training is to help you tease out all those glories and find ways to share them with others.” ~ Mark Lilly

Rachael Allen

Rachael has been a leader in the Toronto yoga world for over 16 years. From teaching classes to running her own studio her focus has always been on creating safe spaces for people to experience community, move and learn together. She has been an advocate for mental health education to end stigma and create awareness.

Rachael is a certified Trauma Informed Mindfulness Facilitator. After years of studying with the leading experts in Trauma Informed Yoga and Meditation, she understands the tools and language required to assist in someone’s healing goals.

Her goal in facilitating Trauma Informed Yoga education is to ensure everyone understands the benefits, best practices and multi-prong approach to mental health. Yoga and meditation can help calm the nervous system and help people feel empowered in their bodies which can assist with trauma and mental health therapy practices.