Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy for LGBTQIA+ Clients

Presenter/Instructor: Katie Ziskind LMFT, RYT500

4.5 CEs/ 4 hours 39 minutes of video + post test


LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, etc.) clients are subject to minority stressors, which are often experienced as trauma. An evidence-based practice that can address the effects of this is yoga therapy, which involves mind, body, and spirit, and entails mindfulness, movement, and healing touch to provide traumatized clients with a sense of control. This course comprises an overview of the principles of yoga therapy, and will cover basic techniques to supplement traditional talk-based psychotherapy for LGBTQIA+ clients of all ages presenting with PTSD and other trauma-related issues. Guided meditations, movement/poses, and healing touch as interventions to enhance psychotherapy sessions with LGBTQIA+ clients will be discussed. Therapists will learn about breathing techniques that can soothe the parasympathetic nervous system that can be activated by living in a homo-, bi-, and transphobic society. The seven chakras will be covered in detail as they relate to LGBTQIA+ mental health. An overview of nutrition guidelines and their impact on mood and wellness is included. Principles of Ayurveda, such as the doshas and koshas, are covered, and case examples of how to apply these to LGBTQIA+ clients are provided.

Who should take this course:

Psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors with an interest in yoga therapy.

Audience: Intermediate

Note: This course does not replace the 200-hour course necessary to become a certified yoga therapist. It is intended to serve as an introduction to principles of yoga therapy as they may apply to affirmative psychotherapists, or as additional training for yoga therapists in becoming affirmative practitioners.

Learning Objectives:

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe two ways in which yoga therapy can assist LGBTQIA+ clients in healing from trauma
  • Describe how yoga poses can be used to supplement talk therapy for LGBTQIA+ individuals and couples
  • Explain how the seven chakras can relate to trauma-informed work with LGBTQIA+ clients
  • Apply Ayurvedic principles of doshas and koshas and basic nutrition guidelines to holistic LGBTQIA+ client care
  • Explain how therapeutic touch can promote healing from trauma among LGBTQIA+ clients


Licensed therapists who work in nonprofits price is $100 (Use coupon code: yoga40 at checkout)

Student/pre-licensed price is $45 (Use coupon code: yoga90 at checkout)

You can also get access to this course and all other courses – current and future – with the Lifetime Membership for a one-time fee.


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