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"Trauma isn't what happens TO you, it's what happens INSIDE you.  Loss of self is the essence of trauma." -Gabor Mate

What is Trauma?

~ Trauma is a nervous systems response to any event that overwhelms our internal systems of care. 

~ Trauma can be a one-time event or ongoing, repeated violation. 

~ Trauma can also be system-induced...trauma caused by well-meaning systems

(Education, Juvenile Justice, Foster Care, Medical, etc.


It then becomes our job to understand trauma, where it comes from, how it impacts the brain, body & behavior,

and what we can do to help ourselves and others heal from it.  The more we understand trauma,

the more directly we can work to identify it and resolve it for ourselves and those we serve.



Join us for a 40 hour exploration of trauma...What it is, what it does to our brains & bodies, how it shows up, and most importantly, what we can do about it.

A basic understanding of how trauma affects our bodies and minds is essential for those working with physical and mental health issues. In this 40-hour training, learn what trauma is and how it manifests in the body, and how trauma has many causes and specific effects on people with certain experiences. Learn how to skillfully apply and deliver a range of practices to support individual healing.

Body Centered & Mindfulness Practices
to Support the Healing from Trauma

September - November 2018

Training Schedule - Dates, Times, and Location:

Be The Change Yoga & Wellness 

52 S. 1st St. Suite 320, San Jose, CA 95113

This training takes place over 5 weekends.​​​ In addition there will be approximately 2 hours of homework assigned per session, as well 

as a required commitment to a home/self-care practice.

  • Saturday, September 8    12:30 - 6:30pm

  • Sunday, September 9      12:30 - 4:30pm

  • Sunday, September 23    12:30 - 4:30pm

  • Saturday, October 6       12:30 - 6:30pm

  • Saturday, October 20     12:30 - 6:30pm

  • Sunday, October 21       12:30 - 4:30pm

  • Saturday, November 3    12:30 - 6:30pm

  • Sunday, November 4      12:30 - 4:30pm

  • Kathleen Cabanayan, MPH, RYT

    • Kathleen, "Kat," Cabanayan is a full-bred Filipino-American, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kat is a certified yoga teacher who aspires to fuse movement, meditation, and bodywork (such as Reiki and Acupuncture) as a means for community healing and community building, for deep healing from trauma, and other yoga-assisted healing support. For more info, see

  • Nicole Steward, MSW, RYT

Our curriculum covers:
  • How trauma affects the body and mind, the science behind its interactions within the nervous system and how trauma physically changes the brain

  • A basic understanding of neurophysiology and the working of the nervous system

  • An understanding of the lived experience of those suffering from trauma

  • Body-centered and mindfulness practices that can assist with the processing of trauma

  • What it means to be a trauma sensitive teacher and how to create trauma sensitive spaces

  • How to conduct trauma sensitive classes and work one-on-one with people to assist them on their journey to wholeness

Full Tuition $600

Reduced Tuition ​

Social Workers, Mental Health Professionals, & Social Justice Workers Rate: Sliding scale $550 - $400

For those employed as Social Workers, Mental Health Professionals, Nurses, Health Providers, or Social Justice Workers only​

Community Service Rate: Sliding scale $550-400
For those willing to help clean up the studio before/after each session

Limited additional scholarships are available, see application for details.​

Learn more about our community service rate and scholarship philosophy.

This training is especially useful for:
  • Licensed Family Therapists and mental health professionals wishing to incorporate somatic and mindfulness practices into a clinical practice

  • Physical and occupational therapists seeking to expand their toolbox of techniques to enhance patient rehabilitation

  • Nurses and other healthcare professionals wanting to explore the possibilities of other care-giving modalities

  • Teachers, professors and educators seeking to incorporate trauma-aware/trauma-sensitive skills to their classroom management toolbox

  • Community leaders, facilitators and social justice workers wanting to bring self care and compassionate action to their work

  • Yoga educators interested in developing new teaching skills to serve a wider range of clients

Contact with any questions.

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