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 The courses below provide a clinical foundation for integrating trauma-sensitive yoga postures and breathing practices with Polyvagal Theory and other recent developments in neuroscience, to improve mental health outcomes. Teachings are appropriate for mental health, health care, and yoga professionals, as well as nurses, health coaches and other allied



Level One ONLINE,
starts Thursday, JULY 27, 11am-12:30 pm, for 8 Thursdays. (except 8/9/23)

12 CEs available for Social Workers, Yoga Therapists, and Yoga Instructors. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion which can be used to receive other types of CEs.

UPDATE! Registration for Level One of the Certification process includes two half-hour private supervision sessions. 

Certification requirements

LEVEL TWO, On-line or in-person, 
for individuals who have taken one of my trainings and would like individual supervision, by appointment, to fine-tune applications of the teachings to their work, resulting in Certification. On-line or in-person. 

FREE BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP on Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone by Joann Lutz. September 14, 21, 28, 2023, ONLINE, 8-9 p.m. EDT. Email Joann at [email protected] for ZOOM link.

TRAINING PROGRAMS IN Integrating Polyvagal Theory with Nervous-System Informed, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga:

1) Weekend program, Sept. 21-23, or Sept. 22-24, 2023 (depending upon participants observance of Yom Kippur.)  IN-PERSON, Wellfleet, Ma. 12 Hours.

2) Six Mondays, Oct. 2 to Nov. 6, ONLINE. 7 to 9 pm.
EDT. 12 Hours. Registration deadline, Monday, Oct. 25, 2023. 

3) Tropical Course and Retreat,
Dreams Royal Beach Resort, Punta Cana, D.R., Jan. 28-Feb. 4, 2024. Two hours of the course and one yoga class each morning. 12 CEs.


The courses are based on Joann's book,
Trauma Healing in the Yoga Zone.
You can purchase the paperback book or kindle from the publisher at: https://us.singingdragon.com/products/trauma-healing-in-the-yoga-zone.
Forewords by Arielle Schwartz, Ph.D., and Sandra McLanahan, MD


For the in-person Wellfleet course
, if you cancel by midnight one week before the start date, you will receive refund of the course fee, minus a $100 processing fee. No refund after that date. 

The Punta Cana Course and Retreat
requires registration with full payment by November 25, 2023. REFUNDS/CREDITS WILL BE DECIDED ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS.

For the on-line courses,
  if you cancel by midnight one week before the start date, you will receive a refund of the course fee, minus a $100 processing fee. After that, you will receive an educational credit for the full amount toward another course, minus any credit card  fees. 

If I cancel a course, you will receive a full refund.


CEs for all versions of the course will be available to Yoga Therapists and Yoga Teachers, Internationally; and to U.S. Social Workers, through NASWMA .  Social Work Boards' acceptance of these CEs varies from state to state. Please check with your state board for verification.

12-CE COURSE Learning Objectives:

At the end of the program, you will be better able to:
Discuss 2 ways that somatic approaches increase the effectiveness of psychotherapy.
Describe three benefits of mat and chair-based hatha yoga poses for psychotherapy clients.
Describe three components of autonomic nervous system dysregulation.
Describe three anatomical landmarks through which the vagus nerve runs in the body.
Describe three major tenets of classical yoga.
Apply three principles of trauma-healing in teaching trauma-sensitive chair yoga.
Describe three behaviors in the therapy office that could impact clients' neuroception of safety
Explain the basic three-part deep breath as a psychological intervention in the trauma therapy session.
Describe the difference between "top-down" and "bottom-up" precessing.
Use the appropriate yogic breathing technique for a traumatized client in a psychotherapy session.
Use two new skills in bringing breathing practices into the psychotherapy session.



WATCH MY FREE VIDEO: Yoga as a neurobiological-based therapeutic strategy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBZ6RcX7d9E

 After registering here, please see the Payment page.

Health and Wellness Coaches can petition for CE credits directly through NBC-HWC.
LPCC's, LEP's, and LMFTs and other mental health professionals can to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept CEs for this program. 

Contact me at [email protected] with questions.


*Integrate the neuroscience advances, such as Polyvagal Theory, interpersonal neurobiology, and neuroplasticity, into your work and life.
*Learn to teach a nervous-system informed, trauma-sensitive chair yoga sequence.
*Offer the benefits of the yogic 3-part deep breath, alternate nostril breathing, brahmari, the bee breath, and padadhirasana, the breath balancing pose, to your students/clients. 
* Learn to administer the four stages of a trauma-sensitive yoga deep relaxation, the yogic sleep.
*Master Keying your interventions to your students/ clients' current nervous system state.

Course includes class recordings and a private Facebook page for Joann's students, for networking and ongoing learning.

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TO INDICATE INTEREST in these courses:
please complete the registration form, below. Include your name, address, email address, phone number, and if you are requesting CEs. (if so, designate profession).

NO OBLIGATION WHEN SUBMITTING THIS FORM. Please contact me for information about partial scholarships, and with any other questions: [email protected]

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