This live stream training will take place on Zoom. Offered in collaboration with Collective Resilience and Empowered Spaces

Yoga & Social Justice (YSJ) is a deeper dive into how trauma impacts us at the individual, institutional, and systemic levels AND how trauma-informed yoga teaching can help pave the way for more resilience and equity in our communities.

We will explore how trauma impacts the brain and body while simultaneously looking at how systemic and institutionalized patterns of trauma and structural violence are at the root of social justice issues such as poverty, racism, ableism, and homophobia, among many others.

Through a socio-political framework we look at the conditioning that creates and reinforces supremacist systems of oppression and inequality. We will also reflect on, and unpack, our individual locations in these systems. This is vital for yoga teachers and any space holder to do in order to truly serve their students.

Yoga & Social Justice draws on principles that call for union, truth, and work towards liberation for all. Throughout the training we use practices of yoga, embodiment, and mindfulness as tools to bear witness to and build capacity for transforming the trauma of our socially unjust society, rather than simply as a means to spiritually bypass them. We also teach how to use these regulation practices as a means to build greater resilience and to support healing and transformation within ourselves, our students, and our communities.

YSJ covers:

  • How trauma impacts individuals and communities
  • Social justice basics- what is it and how does it impact all of us?
  • Strength and resilience in marginalized communities
  • Connections between yoga, trauma, oppression and resilience
  • Intersectionality
  • How identity, positionality, privilege, and marginalization impacts us
  • Harm reduction in yoga and other healing spaces
  • Specific tools for teaching more inclusively
  • How to show up as a teacher with students in various settings and with different identities and experiences
  • Ways to use our practice and teaching to create social change

This is Module 2 of the Trauma-Informed Yoga (TIY) Foundational course. Ingrained in all Collective Resilience trainings is the deep connection between the mind and body and how trauma and chronic stress impact them collectively. The integrative and physiological framework for understanding this, along with relevant theory, tools, and practices, is explored in Module 1.

Module 2 is open to people of all levels and all backgrounds; you do not need any specific training prior to attending, although we strongly recommend having a current yoga practice. This training is valuable to all folks interested in being more trauma and social-justice-informed. It may be especially useful for yoga teachers, social workers, clinicians, health care professionals, educators, community service personnel, and activists looking for more equitable & sustainable approaches to healing trauma, and for folks wanting to engage in trauma-informed and trauma-healing work from a social-justice lens.

Hala Khouri, MA, SEP, E-RYT, has been teaching yoga & the movement arts for over 20 years. She is also a therapist trained in Somatic Experiencing, a body-based psychotherapy that addresses trauma & its symptoms. Hala is a co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World, a non-profit that bridges yoga & activism within a social justice framework, and is co-creator of Collective Resilience Yoga and its curriculum. She leads trauma-informed yoga and social justice trainings nationally and online, as well as weekly yoga classes in Venice, CA where she is based.

RW Alves (she/they), C-IAYT, SEP, E-RYT 500, is a social justice educator, certified yoga therapist, yoga teacher trainer, and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner based in Seattle. She specializes in teaching about body positivity, body liberation, inclusive languaging and teaching, trauma-informed yoga, nervous system resilience, accessible asana, justice, privilege, and spiritual practice.
RW serves as Faculty for Off the Mat, Into the World and The Yoga Service Conference, teaches trauma-informed yoga through a social justice lens with Collective Resilience (, and is a co-founder and trainer for Bending Towards Justice (, which provides anti-oppression, equity, and social justice trainings for yoga teachers and practitioners around the country. She is a contributor to the Yoga Service Council’s forthcoming book on Best Practices in Yoga for Addiction and Recovery. Learn more at

Yoga & Social Justice | Online Live Stream
Hala Khouri & RW Alves 
Oct 7-11, 2020
8:30 am - 12:30 pm PDT / 11:30 am - 3:30 EDT / 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm BST

Flexible Pricing
Supporter | $400 (support others as well as yourself)
Sustainer | $325 (pays for yourself)
Community | $250 (discounted)

Partial scholarships are available.
Recipients will receive 50% off of the Sustainer rate ($162.50). Please click here to apply:

2020 Dates for the Complete Collective Resilience Training
(Wednesday - Sunday)

Module 1 (Kyra Haglund) | Sept 9 - Sept 13
Module 2 (Hala Khouri & RW Alves) | Oct 7 - Oct 11
Module 3 (Kyra Haglund & RW Alves) | Nov 11 - Nov 15
Module 4 (Kyra Haglund & RW Alves) | Dec 2 - Dec 6

Modules 1 & 2 can be taken in either order (1 and then 2, or 2 and then 1).
Modules 3 & 4 must be taken in order (3 and then 4).
The prerequisites for Module 3 are completion of both 1 & 2 + completion of a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training or equivalent (the latter to be approved by Collective Resilience).


Basic Certification in Trauma-Informed Yoga Fundamentals: Completion of Modules 1 & 2.
Intermediate Certification in Trauma-Informed Yoga Certification:
Completion of Modules 1-4.

Live attendance is mandatory in order to receive certification. For single modules, you may miss up to two hours (or one half day) of a 20 hour training and still receive a certificate of completion.

Continuing Education
YSJ provides 20 hours of non-contact CE credit with Yoga Alliance.

Select Recordings
will be available for one week following the end of the training.

Modules 1 & 2 are offered in collaboration with Collective Resilience and Empowered Spaces

Registration Questions Email



Oct 7 - 11, 2020

Wednesday 8:30am-12:30pm


YogaWorks - Offsite

Strand Street
Santa Monica CA 90405
(310) 272-5641

Workshop Return Policy

Full payment is required to reserve a space in workshops. All workshops are non-refundable. Cancellations made two weeks or more prior to workshop start date will be issued store credit. No store credit will be given for cancellations made less than two weeks prior to workshop start date. YogaWorks is not responsible for any costs incurred for travel arrangements or accommodations related to this event.

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