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Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) Foundational Training


Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is the first yoga-based empirically validated, clinical intervention for complex trauma or chronic, treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  A program of the Center for Trauma and Embodiment (CFTE) at JRI, it is the only yoga model of its kind to have met the criteria for inclusion in the US-based National Registry of Evidenced-based Programs and Policies (NREPP) database published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

You can learn more about TCTSY here.

This 20-hour (16 hours of in-person learning; 4 hours self-study) foundational training will emphasize the core components of the practice of trauma-sensitive yoga, and how those fundamental elements relate to any anti-oppressive and trauma-informed work.  

Designed for anyone interested in deepening their understanding of the whole-system impact of complex trauma (both systemic and interpersonal), this training will review the significant effects of trauma on the brain, body, and relationships, as well as the psychological and neuroscientific underpinnings of the TCTSY model.  Participants may include, but are not limited to, yoga instructors, social workers, mental health clinicians, educators, activists, somatic practitioners and healers, or other health care professionals, as its applications can extend far beyond the yoga mat.

Experiential in design, participants will gain specific tools to both practice and facilitate trauma-sensitive movement and breath practices vital to the healing process of complex trauma.  This training is intended to support participants in expanding their current clinical or movement-based practice to incorporate some of the TCTSY methodology, focusing on movements and language that actively share power and agency with practitioners.  

While the Foundational Training does not qualify participants to facilitate TCTSY, it does provide the foundations for making your current scope of practice (clinical/movement based) more trauma-informed.

This training is the primary prerequisite to CFTE’s 300-hour TCTSY Certification Program.

There are NO prerequisites to attend this training.  

This training can stand alone as a general framework to apply within many diverse contexts (clinical, medical, educational, humanitarian, personal inquiry, daily life, etc.).

ALL are welcome.


Presented by:

Anna Kharaz, LMHC, TCTSY-F in Salem, MA on the Unceded Lands of the Naumkeag band of the Massachusett Peoples,


Anna is a licensed therapist and certified trauma sensitive yoga facilitator. In addition to seeing clients for

therapy and yoga, she serves as an adjunct faculty member and supervisor for the Center for Trauma and

Embodiment at the Justice Resource Institute in Massachusetts, USA. She currently works in Salem State

University’s counseling center, where she also supervises counseling and social work students and co-leads

the internship program. Anna has experience working with a culturally and clinically diverse population of

children, adolescents, adults and families in domestic and international settings and has worked for research 

institutions such as Harvard Medical School, Boston Medical Center, The Trauma Center, National Institutes of

Health, and the Veterans Administrations Hospital. Her approach to therapy, yoga and education draws from a

background in neuroscience, continued education in mental health and psychology, and a lifelong

commitment to better understanding human suffering, health and healing.


July 19-21, 2024


Inner Heat Yoga


Friday, July 19: 4pm-7pm

Saturday, July 20: 9am-5pm (1 hour lunch break)

Sunday, July 21: 9am-4pm (1 hour lunch break)



We are offering a self-determined way to invest in this training. The scale is based on your self-determined access to resources, privilege and social capital.

As you reflect on which fee feels right for you, you are encouraged to consider aspects of your identity that do, or do not, grant you privilege/access to social capital e.g. race, gender, sexual identity, socio-economic status, educational background, able-bodied-ness, etc.

Investment ranges between $350 and $500     

You’re welcome to consider this framework, when thinking of what you can contribute to this training:

Access to Abundant Resources  (supports you & another participant with less access to resources, and offers a contribution to our Scholarship Fund): $500

Access to Increased Resources  (supports you & another participant with less access to resources): $450

Access to Sufficient Resources (pays for you): $400

Access to Limited Resources (discounted to support your financial needs): $350

  • If you recognize your positionality financially impacts your access to this training, there are scholarships available.


*Scholarship Application*

Application Deadline: Friday June 7, 2024

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