This training is for teachers and facilitators and will focus on language and empathic mindfulness.

Yoga for Trauma, Healing + Resilience

Weekend Training with Sean Feit Oakes


Many people find both physical and emotional healing on the yoga mat. Yoga’s ancient roots as a mental, emotional, and energetic purification can still be felt in the physical exercises that are the heart of modern practice. But while yoga and meditation can support healing, they can also increase distress for folks with trauma, whether individual or systemic.

This weekend will introduce you to trauma-sensitive yoga and the healing modality Organic Intelligence®. These two forms weave together to help practitioners diminish trauma symptoms such as anxiety, overwhelm, and vigilance, and grow into increased resilience and joy. On the first day, we’ll learn the basics of nervous system biology and yogic energy work, and how to begin to shift our relationship to our bodies, emotions, and inner stories. On the second day, we’ll look specifically at how to bring the model to life while practicing or teaching yoga, or in any kind of facilitation, focusing on language and empathic mindfulness.

You can learn more about Organic Intelligence® at The next 3-year OI practitioner training with Sean starts in September.


Day 1: Energetic Anatomy

— Nervous System structure & function

— Intro to Organic Intelligence®

— Tracking states in yoga & meditation practice

— Subtle anatomy in Hatha Yoga

— Yoga as state cultivation

— The importance of pleasure


Day 2: Practicing & Teaching Resilience

— How to create trauma-safer spaces

— Basics of trauma-sensitive yoga

— The practice of language & relationship

— Individual & collective healing in group spaces

— Intro to private session work


Program Details

Saturday, June 9-Sunday, June 10

Training Location:

Namaste Berkeley
2820 7th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

For Yoga Teachers:

This training qualifies as continuing education.


$295 / $250 Early Bird

Early bird available through May 13, 2018.


* Notice of Cancellation must be made in writing. Cancellations made before May 18, 2018 will receive a refund minus $50 processing fee.  NO REFUNDS OR CANCELLATIONS AFTER May 18, 2018.


Yoga for TraumaSean Feit Oakes, PhD, E-RYT 500, OICC teaches Buddhism, Haṭha Yoga, and Organic Intelligence® with a focus on the integration of meditation, philosophy, and self-inquiry with trauma resolution and social justice. He has studied in Zen, Tibetan, and Theravāda Buddhist lineages, including training as a monk in Burma, and is authorized to teach Insight Meditation by Jack Kornfield. In yoga, he began in Ashtanga, studying with Larry Schultz and Alice Joanou, did teacher training with David Moreno in the Bihar tradition, and Buddhist integration through the Spirit Rock Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation (MYMT) program. Other primary teachers include Eugene Cash and Sylvia Boorstein (Insight Meditation), Anam Thubten (Mahāyāna), Sayadaw U Janaka (vipassanā), and Steven Hoskinson (Somatic Experiencing, Organic Intelligence®).