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, especially those who’ve been impacted by war, sexual assault and other 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 National Military 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.

Our training, which is comprised of two parts, has been recognized by DoD, VA and leaders in the yoga and meditation communities.  Level 1 is an online, self-paced course, and Level 2 is an in-person teacher practicum.  To learn more about how to become a Certified Warriors at Ease Teacher and part of our worldwide network of teachers, click here.

Warriors at Ease has trained an expanding network of over 1,100 yoga and meditation teachers across the globe!

Level 1 Training (online)

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The 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

Level 1 Scholarships:

This online training was created in partnership with Yoga International.

Thanks to Yoga International and other valued partners, scholarships are available for service members, veterans and military/veteran spouses.  Click here to apply.

Continuing Education Units:

This course is 30 hours of continuing education for Registered Yoga Teachers through Yoga Alliance.

This course, when taken in conjunction with the in-person WAE Level 2 training (see below), is 50 hours of Approved Professional Development for the continuing education of Certified Yoga Therapists via the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IATY).

Level 2 Training (in-person)

The Warriors at Ease Level 2 Teacher Training is an in-person training opportunity for yoga and meditation teachers who’ve completed the Warriors at Ease (WAE) Level 1 Training to advance their skills through practice, self-study and coaching from our experienced Warriors at Ease faculty. Upon the successful completion of this in-person training and subsequent assignments, trainees will become fully certified Warriors at Ease Teachers. 

This training is for:

  • Yoga teachers with a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certification at a minimum
  • Meditation teachers with formal training/certification (such as iRest, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Transcendental Meditation, etc.)

If you’re a care provider or a yoga/meditation teacher who does not meet the minimum requirements listed, you may be able to attend by exception upon faculty approval.  Please contact our registrar at reg@warriorsatease.org.

Prerequisites for Attendance:

All Level 2 trainees must

  • Have foundational training in yoga and/or meditation (as listed above) unless otherwise approved by a faculty member.
  • Complete the online, self-paced Level 1 Warriors at Ease Teacher Training offered via Yoga International prior to the start of this in-person training event.*

*If you are a WAE teacher who has previously attended a Level 1 training but have not yet completed the NEW Level 1 online training available through Yoga International, you must register for this course, review the portions of the online training fills any gaps in your previous training, and complete the assessment at the end. Current WAE teachers (anyone who has previously taken a WAE course) may apply may for a significant discount on this training by clicking here.

During the Level 2 Training you will:

  • Review and be assessed on your understanding and competency of the Guidelines for Teaching a WAE Trauma-Sensitive Yoga/Meditation Class as presented in Warriors at Ease Level 1.
  • Review essential concepts regarding the neuroscience of stress and trauma as related to the role of a yoga/meditation teacher including:
    • Polyvagal Theory
    • Stress, trauma and the brain
    • Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Review the concepts of Moral Injury and Post Traumatic Growth and learn a specific model to support healing and transformation.
  • Yoga teachers will learn and practice trauma-sensitive asana sequence protocols and posture modifications which are suitable for able-bodied veterans and individuals with limited mobility.
  • Meditation teachers will learn and practice trauma-sensitive techniques proven to be accessible, safe, and effective for a military/veteran population.
  • Yoga and Meditation teachers will learn and practice teaching the WAE Health & Resiliency Practices (HRPs) and be guided on how to use HRPs in a class or workshop setting.
  • Learn how to initiate, market, and grow a yoga and/or meditation program for warriors with the support of the WAE Teacher Network.
  • Learn about key studies, emerging research, and initiatives within the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs which are helping to advance yoga and meditation in military and veteran communities.
  • Practice iRest Yoga Nidra and other trauma-sensitive meditation techniques for self-care.
Important Notes:

Participants in this training will review and practice how to integrate the WAE Guidelines for Teaching a Trauma Sensitive Class (as presented in the Level 1 training) into their teaching style in order to best serve the population they intend to support/are currently supporting.  The teacher practicum involves a faculty evaluation and coaching (based on the WAE Guidelines) as well as peer mentoring.

For example:

  • Yoga teachers serving those with limited mobility (such as amputees or individuals in wheelchairs) will focus on adaptive yoga/meditation practices.
  • Yoga teachers serving an able-bodied population will focus on trauma-sensitive techniques that support resiliency, injury recovery and prevention, as well as performance enhancement.
  • Meditation teachers will focus on how to effectively adapt the practice in which they’ve had formal training and experience to any military/veteran population as well as learn and practice additional techniques proven to support the health, healing and post-traumatic growth of warriors.

Prior to earning your Level 2 WAE Teacher Certification, you must not only attend the training and successfully complete the homework assignments, but you must also submit documentation for the requirements for certification listed on the page below. (Click the button to see requirements.)


Continuing Education Units:

This course is 24 hours of continuing education for Registered Yoga Teachers through Yoga Alliance (20 contact hours and 4 non-contact hours).


This course, when taken in conjunction with the in-person WAE Level 1 online training (see above), is 50 hours of Approved Professional Development for the continuing education of Certified Yoga Therapists via the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IATY).

Level 2 Training Events:

January 17 to 19, 2020 | Killeen, Texas
Life Moves Yoga
May 8 to 10, 2020 | Denver, Colorado
More Details Coming Soon!
August 21 to 23, 2020 | Fayetteville, North Carolina
Guiding Wellness Institute

Level 1 & 2 Combined Training

June 2 to 8, 2020 | 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.

Click here to register for this course today!

This training is a total of 50 contact hours of continuing education for Registered Yoga Teachers via Yoga Alliance.

The course is also 50 hours of Approved Professional Development for the continuing education of Certified Yoga Therapists via the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).


Train the Trainer Program

September 27 to 29, 2019 | Colorado State University | Fort Collins, Colorado

Our Train the Trainer Program is for teachers interested in learning how to facilitate a retreat, using trauma-sensitive, evidence-based practices!

Retreats can be a powerful vehicle for learning and growth. Retreats offer students the chance to shed routines and responsibilities, to enjoy the healing power of nature, to experience belonging in a safe community, to dive into supported self-reflection and to immerse themselves in yogic teachings and practices.

Facilitating a retreat effectively requires a carefully honed curriculum and advanced group facilitation skills. Warriors at Ease is excited to offer a Train-the-Trainer program that offers teachers the chance to learn both of these key components in a weekend training.

After this training, attendees will be ready to lead WAE-style retreats for active duty service members, veterans, military families and healthcare providers. Attendees will also be able to use the same curriculum and leadership skills to lead retreats with civilians suffering from stress, first responders, therapists, those who have experienced sexual trauma and more. In short, most human beings from teens to elders can benefit from taking a retreat and learning from these teachings. After taking the Train-the-Trainer program, you’ll be ready to share this knowledge with them.

In this program you will learn:

  1. The seven core modules for a Warriors at Ease Retreat program
  2. How to foster a safe climate in your group through skills exercises and facilitation
  3. How to deliver “lecturettes” that are relevant and engaging to your group
  4. How to deliver ten to 15 basic but powerful evidence-based practices for nervous system regulation
  5. How to sequence and structure retreats from half-day to five-days long

In addition, you will also receive a teaching manual, student handouts and a retreat planning checklist.

This training is for:

This Train-the-Trainer program is for any Warriors at Ease teacher who would like to learn how to deliver a tested and successful retreat format — which includes lectures, community building exercises, group facilitation and evidence-based practices.


  • Warriors at Ease Level 1 Certified Teachers & Warriors at Ease Certified Teachers (must have at least a 200-hour yoga teacher certification)When you register for this course, please email your 200-hour certificate/proof and our Warriors at Ease Level 1 (or Level 2) certificate to reg@warriorsatease.org


September 27, Friday: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
September 28, Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
September 29, Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Register for this training here


The following two locations are recommended for places to stay during this training. Please arrange all accommodations on your own and please do what works best for you.



About the Facilitator:

Robin Carnes is a leader in bringing evidence-based yoga and meditation practice into mainstream settings such as the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, Manhattan College, and Blackboard, Inc. From 2006 to 2012, Robin was a yoga and meditation instructor for a DoD acute PTSD program at Walter Reed Medical Center. Out of this work, she co-founded Warriors at Ease, which has trained 1,000-plus yoga teachers to teach safely and effectively in military communities. Robin trains healthcare providers to use mind-body tools in their work with patients and has lectured internationally on Mind-Body approaches to mental health and stress conditions.

Robin’s work has been featured in The Washington PostWoman’s Day Magazine, Huffington Post, Yoga Journal and Army Magazine, as well as the award-winning documentary, Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue America’s Healthcare. In 2013, Robin was honored by the Smithsonian Institution for her pioneering work in bringing yoga to military communities.

In addition to her work with the military, also loves to volunteer with her therapy dog, Otis, at schools and libraries and she is a singer in a 60s-70s-80s cover band, Close Enough.

Cancellation Policy:

Please note that we do not offer full refunds for this training. A partial refund will be given based on the date of cancellation. This is to accommodate for training materials and other costs associated with the training.

Interested in becoming part of our worldwide network of Warriors at Ease teachers?

Click here to learn more about certification.

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