Subtle® Yoga for Mental Health Intensive: Trauma and Addiction Recovery

April 14 – 16, 2023


Yoga is currently being incorporated in the Veterans Administration’s treatment protocols for PTSD and complex trauma. It is also being employed as an adjunctive therapy in addiction treatment and recovery centers around the country. In this 3 day training, participants will explore the intersection of Subtle® Yoga and addiction and trauma recovery and learn Subtle® Yoga techniques to encourage resiliency, self-regulation, self-soothing and healing the nervous system and brain. Participants will also learn the principles of trauma informed yoga and how to integrate Subtle® Yoga in individual and group sessions to help clients learn to take effective action, to tolerate and shift unwanted feelings in the body, and to experience the body as a friend and ally in the healing process. The application of yoga techniques to assist in managing chronic pain and the role of spirituality in healing will also be explored. Participants will be introduced to a yoga-informed biopsychosocialspiritual model that addresses treatment as well as recovery, prevention and health promotion. Review of ethical standards for behavioral health providers and yoga practitioners will help to identify alignment and areas where further exploration is needed.

Subtle® Yoga is a broadly applicable, person-centered approach to yoga practice which can be tailored to differing body types/physical abilities and various contexts – from mental illness to public health. Subtle® Yoga incorporates six key processes: mindful movement, breathing practices, meditation, awareness of values/ethical engagement, spiritual development and service. Together these practices promote attention, mindfulness, body awareness, self-regulation, resiliency, self-actualization and pro-social behavior. Subtle® Yoga calms the nervous system, improves breathing, increases the body-mind connection, and is trauma-informed. It is a holistic intervention which can complement and enhance traditional healthcare approaches through health promotion, prevention, treatment or aftercare/recovery and from the individual to population health levels.


Participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate at least 3 ways in which yoga may be used to help fortify a client’s particular spiritual foundation, to help promote strong, sustained recovery.
  2. Explain how to integrate postures, breathing, and meditation practices into group and individual interventions with clients to reduce symptoms in the aftermath of trauma.
  3. Describe components of a yoga-based biopsychosocial spiritual model and how it provides an evidence-based framework for relapse prevention and health promotion in the context of addiction and recovery.


April 14-16, 2023




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