This program was created for yoga teachers and lovers looking to better understand the physiological effects of trauma and how we can combine the key principles of a trauma informed approach with the practice of yoga to better connect with our peers and students. We will take time to explore physical movement, engage in group discussion, and self care practices.

Program Objectives:

  • Blend the science of trauma and yogic philosophy to create a safe environment for all populations

  • Become familiar with the concept of trauma and mindfulness, and understand the relationship of each to the brain

  • Gain knowledge and learn tools to work within specific populations to include elderly, intellectually and developmentally disabled, first responders, addictions/recovery, people of color and general population

  • Explore self care tools to use while working with trauma and to address secondary trauma

  • Asana and pranayama practices for all populations

This program is open to students and teachers of yoga. If a registered Yoga Alliance teacher, you will receive 17 Continuing Education hours upon completion of this program.


Saturday, 11/2: 12-9pm 

Sunday, 11/3: 8am-6pm 

Investment: $350

Training Leads


Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and advocate for self care, social justice and community building that bridges yoga, mindfulness and trauma-informed initiatives in a wide range of spaces throughout the community. She is full of inspiration and light, and uses her time and efforts to create spaces for people to be educated, empowered and healed.  She has implemented therapeutic interventions, programs and professional development trainings that combine mindfulness, movement, social-emotional learning techniques and mentoring in various settings including secondary schools, higher education institutions, detention and juvenile correctional centers, behavioral health programs, non-profits and adult education programs. Ashley is the Founder of BareSOUL Yoga & Wellness that offers weekly yoga classes, private individual and group classes, educational workshops and yoga therapy sessions and other offerings that foster individual awareness, community building and holistic wellbeing.  

Marisa Atula

Marisa is a Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT-500), Continuing Education Provider (YACEP), and decade long student of yoga. She came to yoga out of curiosity but became enamored upon realizing its positive effect on her mental health. After years in the vicarious trauma of her career as a criminal analyst (exclusively investigating crimes against children), yoga was the only thing to offer relief and resilience. She became determined to understand yoga’s powerful healing properties. Marisa has studied with numerous yogis, but calls Yogrishi Vishvketu her teacher. She attended training with clinical psychiatrist Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. She is a member of the TICN (Trauma Informed Community Network) and has taught to the Richmond Police Department, Henrico Multi Disciplinary Team [through SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now)], hospital staff and trauma nurses, and refugee populations (through ReEstablish Richmond).


Margo Buchanan

Margo Buchanan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) and experienced trainer. Margo works for Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) as a Trauma-Informed Child and Family Therapist and Trauma-Informed Education Specialist and is a Yoga Teacher at Humble Haven Yoga. Margo works with children, families and professionals to increase the awareness and implementation of trauma-informed care across the state through professional development and consultation.


Suzanne Burns

Suzanne is a Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200, RPYT) trained in Power Vinyasa, Prenatal, Children’s Yoga, and is licensed practitioner of Yoga for the Special Child, a teaching and practice methodology designed specifically for children and adults with special needs. After attending a Trauma Informed Outreach Training in 2016 with Connection Coalition, Suzanne became a member of the TICN (Trauma Informed Community Network) and has since co-created outreach programming for the Richmond Police Department, refugee communities serviced by ReEstablish Richmond, and most recently The Next Move Program, a 501 (c)(3) organization partnering with businesses to create guided internship experiences for young adults with disabilities. Suzanne is the founder of Humble Haven Yoga, a mom of two, and lover of immersing in and building community.