Creating Leaders in Trauma Sensitivity

Three and a Half Acres designed our 20-hour trauma-informed yoga teacher training for yoga teachers seeking to deepen their knowledge of trauma and become more skilled teachers and facilitators. Trainees work with evidence-based practices; rooted around the latest neuroscience. The practices grow into a trauma-informed teaching style and methodology rooted in deep understanding and embodiment.


In this Program you will Explore

  • How to define and look for trauma
  • What happens to the mind/body system during and after a traumatic event
  • The ways in which yoga can regulate the nervous system
  • Specific practices for grounding, awakening awareness, and centering
  • Common trauma triggers and how to avoid them
  • Ways to reframe your teaching to increase accessibility
  • How to teach yoga from a chair
  • Room set up and teaching in unconventional yoga spaces
  • Mindfulness and self care for the trauma informed yoga teacher and why that is important
  • Self knowledge and awareness and privilege in the yoga room

When we know better, we do better

70% of the US population has survived some form of trauma which means, trauma is in every room. Whether you work in a yoga studio, online from home, or in a shelter, food bank, or recovery center, you are interacting, probably without even knowing it, with someone who has survived trauma. Our duty as yoga teachers is to do no harm and yet even with best intentions without knowledge of the ways trauma shows up, our actions may be unskillful. Three and a Half Acres trauma informed yoga teacher training will ensure you have the guidance and practices you need to reduce harm and create safer spaces.

Why Get Trained

When we know better, we do better

Our Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training Program teaches yoga instructors how to work with members of vulnerable and under-resourced communities that have experienced trauma. This includes trauma survivors in the following five categories: domestic abuse, LGBTQ+, recovery, housing/food insecurity, and justice.

This program is suitable for yoga teachers with a 200-hour certification or more. Instructors gain access to our curriculum which is proven to be impactful and effective for working with trauma survivors.

Our next virtual Trauma-informed Yoga Teacher Training (TIYTT) will be hosted on
September 27th – 29th, 2024

We offer the following payment options:

  • $275 (Discounted Price: With a 26-hour volunteer commitment to be completed within a 6-month period)
  • $550 (Full Price: Without a volunteer commitment)

In addition to our payment options, we offer scholarship opportunities to yoga teachers needing financial assistance.

All scholarship applicants must complete our general Trauma-informed Yoga Teacher Training Application and a Scholarship Application. Scholarship applications will open in March, 2024.

We encourage members of the BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and older adult communities to apply for our scholarships.

To receive your Trauma-informed Yoga Teacher Training certification, participants must meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of our 20-hour Trauma-informed Yoga Teacher Training Program,

  • Two class observations, and

  • Two trial teachings for all levels.


We offer additional training throughout the year, so be sure to check back in if you’re unable to attend this session.

Awakening Yoga Spaces

We’re thrilled to announce a special opportunity in partnership with Awakening Spaces! Interested yoga teachers have until March 15th to apply for a scholarship to participate in our trauma-informed yoga training, scheduled for the fall (dates to be determined). Winners will be notified this summer. Don’t miss out on this chance to deepen your practice and make a difference.

Meet Your Instructors

Lara Land

Lara Land

Lara Land is the Founder and Executive Director at Three and a Half Acres Yoga (THAY) and a Level 2 authorized Ashtanga Yoga teacher with 2 decades of yoga experience. She has worked all over the world teaching yoga and mindful living and developing programs to heal and empower.

In 2008-2009, Lara spent three months in post-genocide Rwanda bringing yoga as healing to survivors and from there went to India where she worked with HIV positive children bringing yoga and meditation to their treatment room. In June 2011, Lara opened Land Yoga, a ground floor Yoga, Arts, & Wellness Center in the heart of Harlem. Through Land, she developed programs such as Harlem Earth Day, SOULFest NYC, and Women Who Wow, landing her recognition in The Wall Street Journal, The Daily News, and on Fox5.

About Lara’s Session

Lara is the ​​Lead Instructor of THAY’s TIYTT Program. In this training she delves into the causes of trauma and its impact on our bodies, the brain science around physiological regulation, and how we can soften the influence of trauma through embodied practices. Lara helps yoga teachers consider their definition of yoga and how they can share it with others in a safer way starting with room set up and continuing through savasana and everything in between. Lara will also talk about self care for yoga teachers, mindfulness and how to avoid burn out.

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Lara Land

Jessa Navide

Jessa is a bilingual (English/Spanish) licensed clinical psychologist with experience working with adolescents and adults experiencing complex trauma, emotion dysregulation, and suicidal thoughts. She has a passion for suicide prevention and is an Asist (Applied suicide intervention skills) trainer. Jessa completed THAY’s training in October, 2020, and believes trauma-sensitive yoga has the potential to be a powerful suicide prevention resource.

About Jessa’s Session

This training will help increase your awareness of signs that an individual may be experiencing suicidal thoughts and equip you with basic skills to respond empathically during a crisis.

Nikki Walker

Nikki Walker

Nikki Walker has been a THAY Trauma-informed Yoga Teacher since June 2018 and is also certified in Kundalini Yoga. Nikki, spiritual name Charan Kavita Kaur teaches at The Bridge, TOP Goddard Riverside, New Beginnings, and Thrive for Life. Teaching trauma sensitive yoga always inspires and deepens her love for yoga.

About Nikki’s Session

Description of Healing with Naad & Laughter: Healing with Naad and Laughter introduces yogis to some healing teachings of Naad (sound current from everyone’s divine body) and the healing power of laughter. Nikki believes that bringing the power of the mind, body, and the breath can truly change the world, especially if you’re ready for the journey.

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Jaime Brown

Jaime Brown

Jaime Brown (she/her/hers) is a lifelong learner, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI) practitioner, and wellness advocate. Choosing to focus on her physical wellness, Jaime became a Registered Yoga Teacher in August 2019. Jaime has 300+ hours of yoga training, ranging from yoga sculpt to trauma-informed practices. Jaime completed the THAY training virtually in May 2020. Outside of yoga, Jaime works as a DEI Lead in NC local government and is an Adjunct Instructor at Georgetown University. She is also a new mother of a baby boy born in January 2022 and an MBA student.

About Jaime’s Session

Participants should expect to learn Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) fundamentals and how to incorporate inclusive practices as well as balance, energy, and vibes.

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Tristan Katz

Tristan Katz

Tristan Katz (they/he) is a writer, educator, digital strategist, and equity-inclusion facilitator. They offer training and consulting on gender equity, trans inclusion, queer competency, and justice-focused marketing practices. Tristan’s intention is to share this work with an anti-oppression and intersectional lens. He’s worked with organizations and clients such as Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Accessible Yoga School, HubSpot, Stanford University’s YogaX program, and Williston Northampton School, among many others. Tristan was named one of Yoga Journal’s 2021 Game Changers and is proud to serve on the Board of Directors at Accessible Yoga.

About Tristan’s Session

In this workshop, we’ll explore awareness around 2SLGBTQIA (and especially trans) identity and language as a vital component for creating safer spaces, why our individual and collective healing is tied to breaking down cis-hetero norms, and how yoga teachers and space-holders can practice inclusivity and allyship with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. This session will include an exploration of terminology, pronoun considerations, what to do when you mess up, and more.

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Meet Our Previous Scholarship Recipients

Alexia W

Alexia completed her 200HR YTT in December of 2020 and although it provided her with the foundations, she was left with questions on how to best serve her target community.

“My goal is to continue my yoga education to create offers that are as inclusive and inviting as possible to people who are normally marginalized both within the yoga community and without. Long term, I hope to be able to start a non profit that focuses on bringing yoga to bigger bodied women, and also women who are parents of children with special needs.”

Elise F.

Elise has been teaching yoga for over 6 years, and was active in offering services to youth and families in need in Boston. Now a resident of NYC, she is becoming more involved in her community while continuing her yoga education.

“I want to start teaching yoga again with at-risk youth. Those struggling with eating disorders. Those dealing with loss. Those dealing with grief from the pandemic. I know I have a lot to contribute and this training will allow me to confidently walk in spaces to provide space.”

Helsa T.

Helsa is a certified 200-hr yoga instructor, meditation teacher and life coach with a passion for empowering communities of color.

“I want to be equipped to better support the community of color in dealing with trauma through my passion for yoga. I am passionate about making yoga and healing more accessible to communities of color.”

Roz K.

Roz has been practicing yoga for many years, and decided to dive deeper into the practice and take the 200HR course in 2013. She is a dedicated mother in Long Beach, CA and is hoping to offer more classes in her community.

“Being part of the black and brown community which usually does not have access to health and wellness I find that being able to teach in the community and tap into the psychological, emotional and spiritual traumas that our people carry gives me so much fulfillment. I would love to deepen that understanding and education so that I can further continue to serve my community.”

Demetrius N.

Demetrius received his 200-hr yoga certification in India! He currently teaches children ages 5-16 how to nurture their mental development through mindfulness and yoga.

“I want to deepen my understanding of trauma informed yoga, since many of my students/clients also have grave trauma, so the greater my knowledge and experience, the better I can serve others.”

Jacqueline O.

Living in Memphis, Tennessee, Jacqueline offers yoga as a tool for healing to her clients of hers as a life coach. Although she has a focus on supporting members of the Black community, her classes and offerings provide non-judgement, inclusive experiences for folks from all walks of life.

“I desire to have a broader understanding of how trauma affects the spirit, mind and body and gain additional practices and competencies I can incorporate in my restorative yoga classes and all of my offerings to further support the nervous system and provide gentle healing.”

Malikia R.

Malikia is the author of a mindfulness journal and has been practicing yoga for over 11 years. She started Yoga4Us in Raleigh, NC as a space for here community to leave their perceptions of how yoga behind and arrive as a clean slate.

“I work in predominantly Black spaces. This training will allow me to lead in a more informed and impactful way. I look forward to applying trauma informed training to better serve people experiencing atypical birth journeys.”

Alanah W.

Alanah found yoga to be a healing tool in her own mental health journey. She became a registered teacher and now enjoys teaching classes in Harlem!

“Clients especially POC who experience trauma are most times overlooked or not catered to. This In depth training would allow me to better serve the population I currently work with using meaningful & studied techniques.”


Do I need to have a yoga certification to take this course?
Yes, our program is designed for yoga teachers and lovers with a 200-hour certification.
What does the volunteer commitment entail?
If you have chosen a volunteer exchange for your training, you can complete those hours through volunteer teaching at our in-person or online programs or by assisting the organization with flyering, writing, research, and other administrative and promotional needs. We cannot guarantee teaching placements for every graduate, though we do our best to place you in a teaching partnership if that is what you would prefer.
Where are your programs located?
Our partnerships started in Harlem and Upper Manhattan and have spread throughout New York and into the D.C. and DMV areas. As we continue to grow and with the application of online classes, there are opportunities to teach nationwide.
What is required to receive my certification?
In addition to completing the weekend training, you will need to observe two classes and trial teach two classes to receive your certification. Please note that attendance of the entire training is mandatory to be accepted into this training.
Is the training Yoga Alliance certified?
The Trauma-informed Yoga Teacher Training Program is a supplemental continuing education course for students who have already completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training. At this time, there is no certification process for continuing education training on Yoga Alliance since they only certify 200 and 500-hour courses. However, the training is registered on Yoga Alliance and will count towards fulfilling YA continuing education credits.
How do I apply?

Click on the “Register Today” button to fill out the registration form. We will review your application and contact you by email to confirm your acceptance into the training.

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