Polyvagal Facilitation (PF) for Inclusion, Compassion & Social Justice (Module 3 in Collective Resilience’s certification sequence) will hone participants’ understanding of attachment theory, the Polyvagal system, systems of privilege & oppression, compassion for self and others, as well as nervous system regulation and how it can be used to cultivate a greater sense of safety for individuals and groups. 

Through these lenses, the training will explore barriers to inclusion for specific people & populations - including BIPOC communities, LGBTQIA+ folks, disabled folks, and larger-bodied folks, among others - and how to facilitators can minimize those barriers in their own teaching.

PF covers:

  • Embodied understanding of the Polyvagal system
  • Reading and working with nervous system states in self and students
  • Attachment theory and co-regulation skills
  • Relationship between attachment theory, Polyvagal system, and systemic oppression
  • Yoga philosophy to support inclusion, compassion, and co-regulation
  • Disability justice as a framework for trauma-informed teaching
  • LGBTQIA+ competent language and teaching

Through discussion, lecture, small & large group work, and case studies, participants will learn, explore, and practice specific trauma-informed yoga facilitation tools necessary for creating compassionate, welcoming spaces that break down barriers.


Kyra Haglund, LCSW, SEP, E-RYT500 is a yoga teacher, clinical social worker, Somatic Experiencing practitioner, and activist. She lived and studied holistic arts & cultural anthropology extensively in India and Nepal and completed her graduate studies in social work from the University of Southern California, focusing on mental health, military social work, family systems, and public policy. She is also certified in Somatic Experiencing, a mind-body modality that works directly with the nervous system to relieve and resolve symptoms of trauma.


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 



This module is open to those who have completed Modules 1 & 2 + a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training, or the equivalent (with the latter to be approved by Collective Resilience).

Module Three is the first of two Facilitation Modules in Collective Resilience’s certification sequence. Unlike the Foundations Modules, which primarily focus on foundational frameworks and broad understanding of concepts, the Facilitation Modules dive deep into the practicalities of facilitating trauma-informed classes, sequences, and spaces.

Ingrained in all Collective Resilience trainings is the understanding that systemic patterns of trauma, privilege, marginalization and oppression (such as poverty, racism, ableism, and homophobia among others) must be addressed in order to cultivate healing for all individuals.

Polyvagal Facilitation for Inclusion, Compassion, & Social Justice | Online Live Stream
Kyra Haglund & RW Alves
Nov 12 - 15, 2020
8:30 am - 2:30 pm PDT / 11:30 am - 5:30 EDT / 4:30 pm - 10:30 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 3 (Kyra Haglund & RW Alves) | Nov 12 - Nov 15
Module 4 (Kyra Haglund & RW Alves) | Dec 3 - 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
PF 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.

Registration Questions Email lisam@yogaworks.com


Nov 12 - 15, 2020

Thursday 8:30am-2:30pm


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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