30hr Trauma-Informed Yoga Foundations

30hr Trauma-Informed Yoga Foundations (TIYF)

Our 30hr Trauma-Informed Yoga Foundations training provides a comprehensive foundation in our integrative, transformational and embodied approach to trauma-informed yoga.

This module focuses on foundational trauma theory, embodied and self-reflective practice, and key trauma-informed facilitation skills for sharing body-based practices safely and effectively.

This 30hr training can be taken stand-alone or as part of our 100hr Certification in Trauma-Informed Yoga & Embodied Social Change.

Live Online Training

Upcoming Dates

Next Live Online Training

Dates (Option 1): 7 November – 7 December 2023

Dates (Option 2): 5 November – 5 December 2024

Core Live Sessions: Tuesdays & Thursdays 7-9pm AEDT / 8am-10am UK / 9am-11am Central Europe / 4-6pm Asia (GMT+8) (click here to convert for your timezone)

Facilitator: Mei Lai Swan

*Please note 50% live attendance is required if you wish to receive certification. We recognise and apologise that we are not able to cater for all timezones.

Facilitator/s: Mei Lai Swan + guest facilitators from around the world

What Will I Learn

This training will equip you with knowledge, practice and skills in:

The prevalence and impacts of trauma within a neurobiological, relational and social justice framework

Yoga, somatic, and mindfulness practices for wellbeing and resilience

Facilitation skills to make your teaching inclusive, accessible and trauma-informed

Ethics, scope of practice and professional skills

Collaborative learning and an engaged global community of practice

Self-reflective, personal transformation and leadership skills

You will receive:

In-depth experiential, embodied and collaborative learning in large and small groups

Guest facilitators from around the world offering diverse perspectives, invaluable insights, lived experience and practice tools for working with different groups and in different settings

A comprehensive 170 page course manual and downloadable learning resources

Additional recorded audio and video practices

A dedicated online community forum and global community of practice

6 months access to the course platform with full downloadable recordings and resources to keep forever


This foundational training program is designed for:

Existing or in-training yoga teachers wishing to gain foundational theory and skills for teaching trauma-informed and accessible yoga in studio and community settings

Community and health professionals wishing to incorporate yoga, body-based and mindfulness practices with an embodied trauma-informed approach into their existing work or therapeutic practice

Social justice advocates, community and cultural change leaders wishing to learn trauma-informed frameworks and embodiment practices for resilience, connection and social change.

Anyone interested in embodied trauma-informed and social change practices for personal development, individual and collective wellbeing.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this foundational training and all are welcome to join for your own personal learning and/or professional development. It expects a basic level of personal familiarity with yoga practice, and involves basic yoga facilitation practice and class planning which are required for those wishing to receive certification. 

Please note: This training does not qualify you to teach full yoga classes or programs. You will need to complete a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training qualification if you wish to do this. We regret we are currently not offering our 200hr YTT program due to COVID.


Because we are passionate about engaged and collaborative learning, our online trainings are live (not pre-recorded). This is to support your own learning, engagement and integration, and to build a strong community of learning and social change.

To receive certification and be eligible for CEU you must complete live attendance of a minimum of 50% of the live learning sessions. You must also complete all required learning activities, which are part of your course hours.

This program offers CEU with Yoga Alliance for existing yoga teachers.


This training has been beautiful and truly transformative. It has opened my eyes to so many things and allowed me to reflect and do some deep inner work. I know that this is life long work but this has been the perfect start. The community created online was wonderful, the kind of community I never thought would be possible to find with an online course. I have never felt so welcomed and was moved by the authenticity and compassion in the group. Mei Lai in an incredible teacher. Her knowledge and way of sharing was fantastic and Mei Lai helped me to feel so welcome and at ease every session. I am very grateful for this opportunity, and am now so excited for the rest of my journey and to integrate what I have learned into the way I show up in this world and my teaching, thank you


This is a truly supportive and authentic training. The manual is comprehensive as are the extra resources. The learning activities each week help to reinforce the practices as you move from week to week. Mei Lei is a wonderful facilitator as are the rest of the team and guest speakers. I felt 'held' throughout and made many beautiful connections along the way. The break out rooms and discussions were always insightful, supportive and kind. Thank you for an inspiring course.


The way the training was designed and delivered made it easy to take in and process all the information without feeling overloaded especially as there was a lot of content. I respect the way Mai Lei was calm and embodied what she taught and made a comfortable container for us to learn. I found the guest speakers and practice videos and recordings and other learning resources valuable. Overall, I have found the training incredibly valuable and I'm looking forward to learning more. Thank you.


Yoga Teacher | Australia

An important body of work, shared in a gentle, considered way. Thank you to all the teachers who guided us. Looking forward to adding this work to my classes and community.


Yoga Teacher | Australia

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the weekly time commitment?

The weekly time commitment is approximately six hours per week over five weeks, which includes two x 2-hour live sessions, plus additional readings, learning activities, and reflections.

Are the live online sessions recorded?

Yes, all the live sessions are recorded and available for review and download on our course platform.

How long do I have access to the course platform?

For each module, you have access to the course platform for six months after the final session of the module.

Can I download course materials to keep?

Yes, you can download all course materials and recordings either directly from the course platform or via our Google Drive folder.

Does this certification qualify me as a yoga teacher?

This certification does not qualify you as a yoga teacher or to teach full yoga classes and programs. You will need to complete a certified 200hr yoga teacher training program if you are wishing to do this. See more details here about who this training is for and how it can support your work if you are not a certified yoga teacher.

What is your cancellation/refund policy?

For online trainings: full refunds are given for any cancellations 7 days or more prior to course start, less a $50AU administration fee. For cancellations after the period of 7 days prior to course start, no refunds will be given and any outstanding payments must still be made in full, with exceptions for extenuating circumstances at the discretion of the organiser.

For in-person trainings: payment must be made in full 30 days prior to course start date or upon registration (if within 30 days prior to course start). For cancellations more than 30 days prior to course start, full refunds will be given, less a $50AU administration fee. For cancellations 15-30 days prior to course start, 50% refunds will be given less a $50AU administration fee. For cancellations less than 15 days prior to program start, no refunds will be given and any outstanding payments must still be made in full, except in extenuating circumstances at the discretion of the program provider.

In the unlikely event of program cancellation by Yoga for Humankind, options will be provided for either full refund or deferring your place to a future program where available.