Yoga + Chocolate

Trauma-Informed, Brain-Sensitive (TIBS) Yoga Teacher Training
Created by Sarahjoy Marsh, MA, E-RYT 500
Presented in Framingham, MA - May 26-28, 2017 with Sarahjoy Marsh & DAYA Foundation Lead Trainer, Linda Munsey


This Framingham, MA - TIBS Training is eligible for continued education credits through the Yoga Alliance Informed by emerging fields of trauma research and neuroscience, this powerful and unique training blends yoga, neuroscience, mindfulness, and brain science to address the complexes and residues of trauma in brain, mind and body. Together, we explore the rhythms of trauma, its manifestations in the mind and body, and how to re-awaken crucial brain capacities for living a vital life. We will dive deeply into polyvagal theory, attachment theory, and the value of right and left brain functions. Integrated with and facilitated through yogic practices, this is an embodied practice of social justice and transformation.

Sarahjoy Marsh, MA, E-RYT 500 and Linda Munsey have a combined 50+ years of related experience to bring to this informative and holistic Trauma-Informed Brain-Sensitive Yoga Teacher Training. Sarahjoy is the founder of Living Yoga and the DAYA Foundation. DAYA Foundation provided the nation’s first 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher Training inside a prison. They are now being sought by the Department of Corrections to provide the program in three additional prisons. Sarahjoy has been teaching yoga in prison for 20 years. This training is for yoga teachers and mental health professionals. It is designed for those interested in integrating yoga, mindfulness, and body-centered practices into their clinic, classroom, hospital, or other center supporting human potential.

Breakdown of 18 Hours

In-person sessions: Friday 3 hour, Saturday 6 hour, Sunday 5 hour 14 hours
Video Training: 4 hours

In Person Training (14 Hours):

● Friday, May 26th - 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
● Saturday, May 27th - 10:30 am - 5:30 pm (lunch 12 pm - 1pm)
● Sunday, May 28th - 10:30 am - 4:30 pm (lunch 12 pm - 1pm)

Training covers topics including trauma, neuroscience, and social justice. You will learn teaching techniques appropriate for vulnerable and marginalized populations, use of language, verbal encouragements, observation skills, relational awareness skills, interpersonal neurobiology and mindfulness.

Internet Curriculum (4 hours):
These hours will be completed prior to each training module. Videos will provide an overview of various topics including the following:
● Attachment theory and how attachment style influences yoga classrooms
● The role of implicit memory in human development
● Top-down boom-up processing
● Left and right brain hemisphere modes
● Getting in the GAP and Getting Comfortable Feeling Uncomfortable
● Mindfulness through the layers of the koshas
● Language skills: for empowering students, cultivating learners not do-ers, developing the language of curiosity, and the language of mindfulness
● Community Development + Social Engagement brain centers
● Life skills development
● Brain + Heart specific mediations
● Social Justice perspectives

Attendance Policy:
As this training is short in duration, it is very important that you attend all sessions. If you must miss a session, we request that you notify the Program Coordinator with your specifics in advance of the training. If up to half of one session is missed during the training, you may still complete the training program with your class, provided that you:
● Arrange for copies of notes that other students take during the one missed.
● Write a one-two paragraph summary of the material missed and submit to
● Make arrangements with
for a skype mentorship appointment; for your skills practice
portion of the training, and also to receive any audio or video tapes made available from your training.

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Early Bird (Register by May 20) $399
Regular Price is $459

DAYA Trauma-Informed, Brain-Sensitive Yoga Teacher Application

About Sarahjoy Marsh

Sarahjoy Marsh, MA, E-RYT 500, certified yoga teacher, yoga therapist, and author, is a vibrant, compassionate catalyst for transformation. Clear-hearted and sensitive toward those that suffer from addictions – in particular disordered eating patterns and body image issues, and for those living with anxiety, depression, and trauma, Sarahjoy ignites a person’s confidence in themselves as capable of traversing the challenges and joys of awakening from suffering. Through her work with addiction and recovery, as well as her decades of commitment to working with those whose lives have been impacted by marginalization (poverty, prejudice, lack of access to resources such as education, health care, or mental health support), she has created an accessible library of tools that develop the life skills people need to re-create health (both physical and mental); to internalize their sense of worth, belonging, and capacity; and to thrive emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually.

While fundamentally informed by the teachings of yoga, Sarahjoy also masterfully integrates her training in Western therapy and mental health, interpersonal counseling, neurobiology, reciprocal muscle inhibition, and kinesiology. She has an unwavering belief in people’s innate goodness and their capacity to re-awaken to their potential.

The combination of her ability to identify when a conditioned mind pattern crowds out clear thinking and to inspire the courage to bring insight into action, her knowledge of powerful yoga and mindfulness tools, her perspective on the terrain of the stages of recovery and the tools to use along the way make her Yoga for Recovery methodology (outlined in her new book Hunger, Hope & Healing: A Yoga Approach to Reclaiming Your Relationship with Your Body and Food) a comprehensive and effective healing modality. Sarahjoy enthusiastically embraces her students’ well-being in a pragmatic yet passionate way, seeing them as their true self, filled with innate potential and a vital, necessary gift to bring to others – that is, their genuine, vulnerable, and radiant self. She masterfully creates authentic community on a deep level.

Sarahjoy has a Masters in Counseling and has been training yoga teachers, yoga outreach volunteers, and mental health providers, including clinical psychologists and socials workers, in the tools of yoga therapy for 20 years. She is a student and scholar of yoga with 22 years of professional teaching experience and 25 years of yogic study. From her extensive background, Sarahjoy created “amrita yoga”, a form of vinyasa yoga that integrates Ayurveda, physical therapy, neuroscience, yoga philosophy and psychology, pranayama, and mindfulness.

Her teachings are informed by her personal life events including living in intentional community for 4 years, international travel and service excursions in third world countries, serious injury from a car accident resulting in a hip replacement at 42, and earlier life struggles with disordered eating and exercise behaviors.

Committed to supporting marginalized populations and using yoga for social justice she founded two non-profits. Living Yoga brings yoga to prisons, alcohol and drub rehab centers and transitional facilities. DAYA Foundation teaches yoga and mindfulness tools to those with addiction, anxiety or depression; to those with medical issues such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease; and to others who would not be able to attend yoga classes because of social, financial or physical constraints.