Trauma Informed Yoga Pittsburgh

Trauma Informed Yoga

List of Teachers

Pittsburgh and Surrounding Areas

Yoga instructors who have trauma training:  
Intersections Wellness and Pittsburgh Yoga Therapy are working together to can help trauma survivors, their loved ones, and the professionals who serve them to access yoga that is appropriate to support their recovery.  
Please help us to compile a list of trauma informed and trauma focused yoga teachers in the greater Pittsburgh/Tri-State area by filling out this questionnaire.  You will be added to a list that will be published on the Intersections Wellness and Pittsburgh Yoga Therapy websites.  To apply for this list, simply complete and submit the form below.
Click here for the application.


Terms Clarification:

For the purposes of this list, we will be using the terms “trauma informed” and “trauma focused” to describe different levels of proficiency and intent of instruction.  These terms mean different things to different people. Please use the following definitions when answering this questionnaire:
Trauma informed – A trauma informed yoga instructor:
  • Has knowledge of the manifestation, causes, and pervasiveness of trauma
  • Understands what makes yoga a vital tool in trauma recovery
  • Has awareness to recognize and respond to nonverbal signs of trauma in yoga students
  • Applies the basics of skillful intervention when a student is triggered  
  • Creates a space of safety and choices.
  • Teaches to minimize the potential of triggering students’ trauma in regard to cuing, adjustments, etc.
Trauma focused – A trauma-focused instructor:
  • Attunes and responds effectively to the needs of yoga students with differing nervous system presentations and physical abilities.
    • i.e., can teach a class with people who are more hyper-aroused, more hypo-aroused, as well as people with injuries/physical conditions requiring props, modifications, and/or chair options – concurrently providing options for each type of need.
    • Is well tuned in to notice and respond to students’ individual needs in the moment
  • Provides yoga instruction with a specific focus to support trauma recovery:
  • Manage hypo- and hyperarousal episodes
  • Increase affect tolerance (ability to tolerate, titrate and pendulate emotions)
  • Increase mental self-regulation
  • Agency over pain management/intensity of experience
  • Increase sense of embodiment (decrease depersonalization, derealization, etc.)
  • Improve executive function (concentration, planning, etc.)
  • Overcome/dis-identify from shame/guilt imprints
  • If classes are geared toward other mental health recovery concepts (yoga for anxiety/yoga for depression) instructor is aware that many people diagnosed with anxiety and depression are trauma-impacted, and is able to differentiate instruction to accommodate accordingly.

This list will be published on two websites at these web addresses  and By submitting this form/application you agree to have your name and teaching location(s) and/or contact information (your choice) published on The List, and to contact us if at any time you decide you wish to be removed from the list. By submitting to this list you agree to hold harmless, in perpetuity, Paula Soto, Ali Popivchak, and all of their associated relations and/or entities.