This 3-day program co-led by Purple Dot Yoga Project Founder Kate Berlin and PDYP West Coast Director Liz Arch, is designed to give yoga teachers the tools to responsibly and compassionately teach to individuals and communities that have been impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and trauma. You will learn valuable, research-backed tools to help people heal and release trauma in the body and mind, break through limiting beliefs and patterns, and access greater resiliency, confidence, self-worth and empowerment. 

Kate and Liz both draw upon their own personal experience overcoming trauma and intimate partner violence to help others move from victim to survivor and survivor to thriver. They understand first-hand the psychological effects of trauma, the crushing weight of its accompanying emotions like shame and anger, and how these emotions manifest in the body. They approach this work with a passionate desire to help others break through mental and physical barriers and reclaim their personal power, self-love, and self-worth. 

This training is highly experiential, meaning we will not just be learning about trauma in a text-book way. Trainees will dive deep into their own self-inquiry work and look at their own limiting beliefs, experiences and past traumas to build a container of safety, non-judgment, empathy, and connection in order to more responsibly serve this community. 

Upon successful completion of the training, teachers will have the opportunity to become ambassadors for Purple Dot Yoga Project and expand our community of change-makers, healers and leaders. 


  • Understanding what trauma is and how it affects individuals on a neurobiological level
  • Recognizing the fight, flight and freeze response and helping individuals shift out of these stress-response states
  • Trauma-sensitive approaches to teaching yoga including yoga postures, breathing techniques and meditations to help ground, center and support healing and self-regulation
  • Crafting a Trauma-Informed class including cuing and trauma-sensitive language, knowing when and how to apply safe touch and hands-on adjustments and intelligent sequencing
  • Practice teaching
  • Creating a safe and supportive space for healing to unfold
  • Building safe connection with self and others
  • Journaling and self-inquiry work to uncover our own biases and beliefs and understand how our past experiences can impact our work


To be eligible to apply, interested applicants must hold a 200-hour Yoga certification and must be able to present proof of their certification.


  • $450 Early Bird Price (before Feb 1, 2017)
  • $550 Regular Price (after Feb 1, 2017)


Program Dates: May 5-7, 2017

9am-6pm Everyday (27 hours total)



2001 S. Barrington Ave, Suite 150

Los Angeles, CA 90025