solemarch – a trauma-informed yoga training is a 25-hour weekend training, meant to lay the foundation for teaching more specialized populations. We live in an incredibly diverse society, with equally diverse life experiences. And how anyone responds to any one type of traumatic experience varies from person to person. There is no wrong way or right way to respond to any stressful event, but how we treat each other and ourselves sometimes requires more care and consideration. After more traumatic experiences, such as rape, war, systemic racism, car accidents, losing a loved one or physical, sexual or verbal abuse, to name only a few, most of us would benefit from a type of yoga or meditation practice that is unlike your typical “open” class. For a traumatized individual, those classes can seem intimidating, alienating, and simply not comforting. In this training, you will learn some methods and concepts of teaching a trauma-informed class. We will explore serving different populations such as rape and domestic violence survivors, veterans, and the military community and communities of color.

This training will include lectures, practicing trauma-informed yoga and practice teaching sessions.

All online sessions must be attended live. Sessions will not be recorded.

TBD: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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The Body Keeps the Score, p 265-278


  • The Body Keeps the Score – Bessel van der Kolk
  • Trauma & Recovery – Judith Herman
  • Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy – David Emerson

Sangeeta Vallabhan has been studying movement for over 30 years, first through dance and then yoga. She has been teaching yoga in New York City for over fifteen years. Sangeeta teaches vinyasa style classes that are challenging, well balanced, grounding and empowering. Sangeeta has studied with many teachers over the years, the most notable being Sharon Gannon, David Life, Gurmukh and Schuyler Grant. She has studied trauma-informed yoga from Annie Okerlin, Susan Alden, David Emerson, Jen Turner and Hala Khouri. In total, she has trained well over 1200 hours. She has also been featured in Yoga Journal magazine.  As the creator of solemarch, Sangeeta encourages students to use the practices of yoga to continually seek out their own voice, their true sense of self and to not feel the need to conform to any one method or philosophy. We are all unique and complex – and it’s natural to deduce our yoga practice would be as well. For more info on Sangeeta, visit