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12/9 1-Day Developing a Trauma-Informed Lens for Yoga Therapy

December 9, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 5:45 pm



Memories of sexually violent experiences can be intrusive, which can create challenges for survivors. These memories can also make it difficult for survivors who are looking to establish connection in their lives and learn how to trust again. The entire experience of practicing yoga, can help survivors find union between seemingly disconnected and challenging aspects of the self; allowing participants to slowly build the pieces into an integrated whole.

This 1 day training will provide yoga teachers, mental health professionals, victim advocates, social workers, or anyone who is interested in learning more about trauma-informed yoga frameworks with all of the necessary tools to create a safe environment for survivors of sexual violence.



Course Topics Include:

  • A thorough overview of trauma-informed teaching dynamics and core concepts based on a successful model from the University of California, Irvine.
  • An explanation of the unique experiences of sexual assault survivors and benefits of holistic healing
  • Introduction to trauma-informed practices and language
  • Comprehensive considerations for teaching trauma-sensitive yoga, including:
    – Empowerment-based Language
    – Integration of Choices
    – Supportive Presence
    – The Art of Assisting
    – Safety and Space
    – Invitation of Postures
    – Breath and Trauma
    – Themes and Philosophy Integration
  • Tips for starting a yoga program for survivors of sexual violence including:– *How to create buy-in from a university/agency*
    –  The power of collaborations
    –  Working with mental health professionals
    –  Identifying your audience
    – Building a curriculum
    – Group structure
    – Marketing
    – Assessment and liability
  • Introduction to additional holistic healing methodologies to complement the yoga practice including art, meditation, and drumming
  • Resource guide with all relevant materials to implement a comprehensive, holistic, integrated, and sustainable program

Workshop Info

  • Sunday, December 9th 12:00 – 5:45pm
  • $250, Included in 300 HR Autopay


About Zabie

Having the opportunity to transform her own trauma through the practice of yoga, Zabie Yamasaki, truly believes in the healing power of asana practice. For years, Zabie’s unwavering support for survivors of sexual trauma has manifested itself in many forms. She has ultimately made it her life’s goal to help empower survivors of assault to regain their strength and self-worth. She is extremely passionate about yoga and its ability to help individuals connect to their emotions, be present on the mat, develop peace of mind, and take the necessary steps to become their most true, authentic self.

Zabie received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Social Behavior and Education at the University of California, Irvine. She completed her graduate work in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs at The George Washington University. Zabie received her 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate through Core Power Yoga and attended a 40-hour workshop on trauma-sensitive yoga instruction through the Justice Resource Institute at the Kriplau Center for Yoga and Health.

During her graduate career, Zabie engaged in numerous efforts to help prevent sexual assault through her campus role as the Coordinator of Sexual Violence Prevention. Zabie was previously the Assistant Director of UC Irvine Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE) where she developed an 8-week therapeutic yoga program for survivors of sexual assault. She is now working as the Assistant CARE Director at UCLA where she manages the on-campus programs related to sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking, including the Yoga as Healing program for survivors. She is a founding individual practitioner of The Breathe Network, an organization that connects survivors of sexual violence to holistic healing arts practitioners that offer all services on a sliding scale. She is the Founder of Transcending Sexual Trauma through Yoga, an organization with the mission of empowering survivors to heal through the practice of yoga. Her organization offers group and private trauma-informed yoga classes for survivors, trauma-informed yoga training’s, consultation for colleges and agencies interested in implementing yoga therapy programs, survivor yoga retreats, and mentoring for yoga instructors.

Zabie consistently advocates for the rights of survivors and works tirelessly to help these individuals find healing. She is widely recognized for her hard work and dedication to her field. She has created a model therapeutic yoga program and curriculum which is now being implemented at Stanford University, UCLA, UC Irvine, University of Southern California (USC), Long Beach State, East Los Angeles Women’s Center, Center for Pacific Asian Families, and Community Service Programs (CSP) Rape Crisis Center. She was recently awarded the Victim Service Award in Orange County for the impact of her yoga program on survivors in the sexual assault and human trafficking unit. Her work has been highlighted in the Huffington Post, OC Register, Pinterest, Elephant Journal, Breathe OC, UC Irvine Magazine, and in a variety of online publications.

It has been her dream to fuse her worlds together, creating a space where survivors can heal by flowing breath to movement through trauma-informed practice.By focusing on a holistic approach, Zabie is helping to change the way our world responds to trauma and provides support to survivors at various stages in their healing.


December 9, 2018
12:00 pm - 5:45 pm
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(949) 551-5300


Be The Change Yoga
14988 Sand Canyon Ave, Studio 5
Irvine, CA 92618 United States
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(949) 551-5300