Course Detail: 19SW0410 - Reconnect to Your Body: Trauma-Sensitive Yoga

Course Description

It's no secret that yoga does wonders for the body and can calm the mind. And research continues to point to its power to help ameliorate various ailments such as hypertension, pain, and insomnia. Now, there's growing evidence that modified yoga, when taught by specially trained individuals and employed in a therapeutic context, can be a tool of healing and empowerment for people who have experienced trauma.

The term trauma-sensitive yoga was coined by David Emerson, E-RYT,founder and director of yoga services at the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, MA, to describe the use of yoga as an adjunctive treatment within a clinical context. The practice, pioneered by experts such as Bessel van der Kolk, MD, and championed by others such as Richard Miller, PhD, CEO of the Integrative Restoration Institute and co-founder of the International Association of Yoga Therapy, aims to help clients regain comfort in their bodies, counteract rumination, and improve self-regulation.

Who Should Attend?

  • - Social Workers
  • - Medical Professionals
  • - Mental Health Professionals
  • - Human Service Professionals


The purpose of Trauma-Sensitive Yoga is to investigate sensations in the body and the ability to make things happen on purpose in specific muscles. In this workshop, the participants will begin by learning some effects of trauma and extreme stress, as well as some ways that trauma-sensitive yoga heals the effects of trauma and extreme stress. The bulk of the class will be experiential. The participants will explore some yoga forms and engage in a mindfulness exercise. We will end the workshop by sharing questions, comments, and observations.

CEUs and Contact Hours

This lecture is worth 2 contact hours or 0.2 CEUs.


Margaret Arnd-Caddigan, PhD., LCSW, is Associate Faculty in the School of Social Work at East Carolina University. She is also Associate Faculty at the Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas, Co-director of the Greenville Psychoanalytic Study Group, and has a private practice in Greenville, North Carolina. She trained at the Childhood Trauma Treatment Program in Bolingbrook, Illinois, and has worked with survivors of abuse in diverse settings for several years. She has published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Families in Society, Psychoanalytic Social Work, and Clinical Social Work Journal, among others.

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