Warriors at Ease Teacher Training
The Warriors at Ease Training
Through the Warriors at Ease Level 1 & Level 2 Training the TRAIN Program has created a nationwide network of qualified and credentialed instructors in military-specific, trauma-informed, evidence-based, and adaptive yoga teaching protocols, techniques, and skills. Level 1 Trained Teachers have been through the Level 1 Training while Certified Warriors at Ease Teachers. (WAETs) have completed both levels of training along with multiple post-training competency-based assignments and exams.
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 an 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. This multi-tiered training has been recognized by DoD, VA, and leaders in the yoga and meditation communities.
Warriors at Ease has trained an expanding network of over 1,100 yoga and meditation teachers across the globe!
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The Level 1 portion of our training focuses on an in-depth scope of practice and awareness unique to the military-specific and evidence-based portions of our four-pronged training approach. The emphasis is on utilizing yoga and meditation techniques as tools for students to discover self-regulation by way of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and address accumulative stress, residual stress and trauma unique to the service lifestyle. Access to these bottom-up evidence-based approaches is critical to ensuring both immediate and long term health, resilience and post-traumatic growth for individuals and communities currently suffering from a loss of connection.
The Warriors at Ease Protocols are; Preparation, Integration & Restoration. By integrating the Warriors at Ease Techniques into the WAE Protocols the practice is taught in a simple to complex fashion with neuroception being introduced from the macro to the micro. During the Level 2 Training trainees will learn to incorporate the four WAE evidence-based techniques into the three trauma-informed and accessible WAE Protocols using the WAE “Class Building Worksheet”. The goal is to create resilience through post-traumatic growth; raising the threshold of typical “stress response” in addition to promoting parasympathetic vagal tone more rapidly in response to stress.
Level 2 Training graduates are eligible to apply for certification to become a Certified Warriors at Ease Teacher (WAET). Certified Warriors at Ease Teachers (WAETs) are eligible for contracted service with the organization. The WAET Network’s work involving research, training, and creating access to services over the past 11 years has specifically supported initiatives within the DoD and VHA. Graduates are given 90 days after Level 2 Training completion to apply for certification. The review process consists of multiple competency-based exams, assignments, exercises, and industry-standard documentation.
This combined Level 1 & 2 training will be the most comprehensive offering yet. The training will include unlimited access to the online training materials through Yoga International, the opportunity to participate in a range of Warriors at Ease-style community classes taught by one of the organization’s lead faculty members in a densely populated military community.
This in-person and immersion-style training will allow students to not only take in the information but also see it put into practice while attending classes taught by a Lead Warriors at Ease Faculty Member.
This tailored training approach is designed to equip internal assets with the scope necessary to fulfill the organizational mission, vision, and goal objectives. During a tailored training program participants will learn to incorporate the Warriors at Ease evidence-based Techniques and accessible Protocols into mindfulness-based integrative movement classes for service providers, service-members, veterans, and military family members.
In the interest of meeting current needs for quality execution, measurable outcomes, and fiscal responsibility Warriors at Ease highly recommends this tailored scalable asset approach.
Facilitating a retreat effectively requires a carefully honed curriculum and advanced group facilitation skills. The WAE Train-the-Trainer program offers teachers the chance to learn both of these key components in a weekend training.
After this training, you will be ready to lead WAE retreats for active duty service members, veterans, family members and healthcare providers. You can also use this same curriculum and these leadership skills to lead retreats with civilians, first responders and therapists suffering from stress. In short, most human beings from teens to elders can benefit from these teachings.
The veteran, service-member, and military family member will always make the best teacher. Through our partnership with Yoga International, there will always be Level 1 Training Scholarships available for this specialized community. Scholarship amounts are based on service paygrade.