Warriors at Ease Teacher Training

What is Warriors at Ease Teacher Training?

Our yoga and meditation teacher training is an invitation to learn valuable skills that support the health and healing of service members, veterans, and their families, including those who’ve been impacted by war and military sexual trauma.  Our courses explore practices and teaching principles grounded in an approach that is:

  • Evidenced-based
  • Trauma-sensitive
  • Informed by the unique aspects of military culture

The development of our curriculum began in 2006 when our co-founders and lead faculty were part of early research funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that studied the effects of yoga as adjunct therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Washington D.C. VA Medical Center.  Since then, our curriculum has continued to evolve thanks to the contributions of dozens of clinicians, veterans, and experts in the field of yoga and meditation.

Warriors at Ease has trained an expanding network of 750+ yoga and meditation teachers across the globe!

Level 1 Training (online)

ON-GOING  |  Register anytime.

The NEW Warriors at Ease Level I Teacher Training is an online, self-paced course available through Yoga International.  In this training, participants learn valuable mind-body skills to support the health and healing of service members, veterans, and their families, including those who’ve been impacted by war and sexual trauma experienced while serving in the military.

This training is for:

  • Yoga and meditation teachers
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Other healthcare providers, and family caretakers
  • Veterans, service members, and their families
  • Anyone who wants to work with people impacted by trauma or high amounts of stress

In this training you will:

  • Learn about the human stress response, the nervous system, and the neuroscience of trauma
  • Explore related research findings and empirical evidence that will help inform the yoga and meditation practices you offer, as well as how you teach
  • Become familiar with the “invisible wounds of war” including post traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, and moral injury
  • Learn how to create a “safe container” and a welcoming environment for healing and post-traumatic growth
  • Explore trauma-sensitive breathing and meditation practices
  • Learn adaptive yoga practices and precautions for people with spinal cord injuries or amputations, those in wheelchairs, and veterans with limited mobility
  • Learn how to teach safely and effectively to those who experienced sexual assault while serving in the military
  • Get useful information about healthy boundary-setting for yoga professionals
  • Learn essential self-care principles
  • Plus much more!

This training is 30 non-contact hours of continuing education.

This NEW online training was created in partnership with Yoga International.  Scholarships for service members, veterans and military/veteran spouses are available.  Click here to apply.

Level 2 Training (in-person)

September 21 to 23, 2018 | Rhinebeck, New York

The Warriors at Ease Level 2 Teacher Training is an in-person training opportunity which allows qualified teachers to further integrate and refine the skills they learned in Level 1 through practice, self-study, and coaching from our experienced Warriors at Ease faculty. 

Those who successfully complete Level 2 by demonstrating the skills necessary to share yoga and/or meditation in any military and veteran settings – to include clinical and non-clinical environments – will become certified Level 2 Warriors at Ease Teachers.  A Level 2 Warrior at Ease Teacher is eligible to be recommended by Warriors at Ease for funded programs, job placement, and research opportunities and is also eligible to serve as one of our Regional Program Coordinators.

This training is for:

  • Certified yoga teachers with, at minimum, 200 hours of training
  • Meditation teachers with formal training and/or at least 2 years of dedicated practice and teaching

If you have extensive experience as a teacher but don’t meet the minimum requirements, you may still qualify upon faculty approval. Please contact our registrar at reg@warriorsatease.org.

Prerequisites:

  • Warriors at Ease Level 1 Teacher Training

In this training you will:

  • Review important information about the nervous system and the neuroscience of trauma
  • Engage in discussions and exercises related to complexity of moral injury and post-traumatic growth
  • Learn and practice asana sequence protocols and posture modifications for adaptive yoga (chair and restorative yoga) for anyone with spinal cord injuries and amputations, those in wheelchairs, and veterans with limited mobility
  • Explore therapeutic approaches for developing resiliency, recovery, and prevention of injuries
  • Practice integrating our trauma-sensitive guidelines and precautions into your own yoga teaching style for the specific populations you teach
  • Practice teaching trauma-sensitive breathing and meditation practices
  • Practice how to teach safely and effectively to those who experienced sexual assault while serving in the military
  • Get empowering information about ways to establish a class or program in your area
  • Receive coaching and support from a Warriors at Ease faculty member
  • Practice essential self-care principles

Our upcoming Level 2 training will be hosted by the Omega Institute located in Rhinebeck, NY. 

We also offer Level 2 training in Fayetteville, NC; Killeen, TX; Kailua, HI (Oahu), and in Australia.

 

This training is 24 hours of continuing education.

Special Offering:  Level 1 & Level 2 (combined) Training

Sivananda Training
March 22 to April 2, 2019 | Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat

For teachers who want to attend an in-person training for both Level 1 and 2, we offer a combined course, once a year at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in Nassau, Bahamas.

This training is for:

  • Certified yoga teachers with, at minimum, 200 hours of training
  • Meditation teachers with formal training and/or at least 2 years of dedicated practice and teaching

If you have extensive experience as a teacher but don’t meet the minimum requirements, you may still qualify upon faculty approval. Please contact our registrar at reg@warriorsatease.org.

This weeklong intensive involves:

  • Learning material from both Level 1 and Level 2 (see above)
  • Teacher practicum to demonstrate core competencies
  • Immersion into ashram life
  • Continued self-study and assignments after the in-person component

Those who demonstrate the core competencies of both Level 1 and 2 and complete the self study portion of this training will be prepared to share yoga and/or meditation safely and effectively in military and veteran settings – including clinical and non-clinical environments – and become certified Level 2 Warriors at Ease Teachers.

Sivananda Ashram, partially staffed by veterans from around the world, creates a meaningful setting for our training.  Additionally, the discipline, ritual, and community of the ashram provides a unique context in which to dive deep into Warriors At Ease Teacher Training.

 

This training is a total of 54 hours of continuing education.

Interested in becoming a certified Warriors at Ease teacher and joining our worldwide network?

Click here to learn how to get certified!

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