Current Workshops

Balancing Arts Studio Welcomes: Yoga to Transform Trauma.… Leadership & Teacher Training Intensive

Weekend of March 22, 2019
9:00am-5:00 pm
Self Investment: $385
Pre-Register by one month in advance. Please contact Sheri prior to registering. Spaces are limited so register early to reserve your spot.

Workshop Location:Balancing Arts Studio, Arts Mill. 1300, 14th Ave 3rd Floor. Grafton WI 53024

Trauma has many faces and touches millions of our lives in the form of childhood abuse, domestic violence, car accidents, sexual assault, life threatening illnesses, experiences of war, neighborhood violence, neglect, poverty or vicarious exposure through the experiences of friends and loved ones. The effects can turn our world upside down sometimes leading to lifelong struggles. Trauma becomes stuck in our bodies, separating us from ourselves, our bodies and others.

The wisdom and practice of Yoga has the transformative ability to re-connect us to ourselves, our bodies and the world around us. Many individuals with a trauma background would like to explore or already practice Yoga which often comes with its’ own unique challenges.

Yoga to Transform Trauma was created to provide a time and space so that people everywhere could begin to use their bodies to move more, feel more and to access hopeful healing when thinking and words fall short

This offering is a pre-register, pre-pay program only For your convenience you can pay with a cc or PayPal online using the button above or mail form and fee to the studio using the button below. 

Please note: This is a non-refundable payment.

Teach To Transform Trauma is a comprehensive three day certification program that marries the emerging and developing field of traumatology with the ancient wisdom and healing of Yoga philosophy, principles and teaching. The training program and curriculum provide a comprehensive approach to trauma recovery that couples the somatic with the cognitive experience providing the foundation for implementing an actual program which blends a more “traditional,” supportive, talk group experience with that of a “classical” Yoga class. Open to Yoga Teachers, Therapists & Social Workers, Nurses, community workers, medical personnel, activists, educators and anyone effected by, working with or interested in working with trauma.

Learning Objectives Include The following:
• The nature of Trauma and the Survival Response
• The different types, prevalence and effects of traumatic stress
• Current trauma theories, neurobiology and physiology
• How our story shows up in our bodies and body memories
• The relationship of shame and trauma and why the words won’t come
• The body as the home of our emotions
• The Chakra system as a healing framework yoking the intrinsic qualities of each chakra
with childhood development, psycho-spirituality, energetic imbalances and Yoga asana
• The overlay of trauma and Yoga and how the healing happens
• The impact of trauma on the practice of & teaching Yoga
• How to create a sacred, safe, open and inclusive space
• How to create mindful and sustainable experiences which cultivate distress tolerance and
resiliency and present moment awareness to utilize both on and off the mat.
• Understand the basics of facilitating a focused and supportive group experience
• Understand the distinction between and the basics of teaching both a trauma sensitive
and trauma focused Yoga class
• How to offer weekly Yoga for Trauma Recovery classes in the community, treatment and
studio settings

Join us to help transform trauma one mat at a time. Includes manual, lecture and discussion, personal & experiential exercises and daily practice. The training provides 24 CEUs that fulfill Yoga Alliance requirements and that has been accepted for other professions. Students may wish to solely take this three day Intensive for their own intentions and/or, if a Yoga Teacher or Teacher in Training, wish to complete the additional phase of certification and independent study following the intensive.

Required Reading
Emerson, David and Hopper, Elizabeth, PhD, Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga. Reclaiming Your Body (Berkeley, California, North Atlantic Books, 2011).

Levine, Waking the Tiger (Berkeley, California, North Atlantic Books, 1997)

The training manual will be emailed to individual participants shortly before the program begins to use in electronic or paper form.

*****Please bring a journal, required reading and a yoga mat.

Catherine Ashton, E-RYT500 is an experienced Yoga Teacher of many years, Founder of Yoga to Transform Trauma, a professional therapist, board certified Trauma Specialist, Activist & for many years, the Administrator in large mental health agencies and hospitals serving marginalized populations. Catherine lives in Chicago and teaches Yoga nationally guiding both foundational & advanced teacher trainings & special workshops as well as maintaining a private practice dedicated to trauma recovery & wellness. Catherine’s experience is that Yoga has the ability to touch our bodies & spirit in a way & depth that words may never reach. Catherine grew up in California, is a long standing student & teacher of yoga & draws from her studies in Clinical Psychology, and extensive experience in yoga & the mental health field to provide a holistic approach to living & working with others.
For more information, please feel free to connect at or
708.297.5634 or Yoga to Transform Trauma