Yoga, Trauma, and Healing Online Immersion

Join Tias and Surya Little for this one off online immersion: We investigate the impact of trauma on the mind and body and how anxiety and stress become embedded in the body’s soft tissues.

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Course Description

Current research shows that trauma is pervasive today, woven into the very fabric of human culture. Trauma may be due to circumstances in this lifetime, or inherited from previous generations. In this time of the pandemic where there is loss of life and political and social unrest, we are witnessing a global acceleration of the traumatic experience.

As yoga practitioners we must ask, what is trauma and how does it effect the body-mind?

How can stretching, breathing, meditation, sound, and visualization practice help break the grip of traumatic holding?

In this course we investigate the impact of trauma on the mind and body and how anxiety and stress become embedded in the body’s soft tissues. While the historical yoga teachings do not point directly to trauma, they refer to obstacles, afflictions, and “poisons” that impair progress on the path. We will examine contemporary research in psychology, dreamwork, neurology, and somatic-emotional processing in order to provide you with the tools necessary to address trauma in your community and for your students and clientele

What will I Learn?

  • How the “flight or fight or freeze” response effects muscular tone
  • The impact of trauma on the emotional body
  • The biology of trauma: how it effects the digestive system, fascia, nerves, and cardio-vascular system
  • The effects of trauma on the classic seven chakras, particularly the throat and belly
  • The reptilian brain in light of the archetypal force of kundalini
  • Sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems
  • The effects of trauma on the vagus nerve
  • Thomas Hanna’s “Red Light Reflex”
  • How the kleshas or afflictions from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and the Buddhist teachings compare to trauma in society today
  • The impact of trauma on the ilio-psoas muscle, diaphragm, and gut

Course Practices

  • First off—establish safety and containment
  • Repair work: Establish continuity in space and time
  • Working with sensation and image in meditation
  • Movement practices for over-activated and under-activated states
  • Discharging strain through movement, breath, and sound
  • Pranayama for self-regulation
  • Using visualization to repair ruptured boundaries
  • Embodiment practices for bringing energy down into the legs
  • Meditation: Working with Reptilian Brain
  • Observing autonomic releases in the body

Also Included

Friday includes bonus mentorship/Q&A session with Tias & Surya

Included in this course is bonus access to the Prajna Live classes on Tuesday, May 11 and Friday, May 14. All registrants will have extended access to these classes directly in their course curriculum


Yoga, Trauma, and Healing Online Immersion is 30 hours of total combined live training, pre-recorded material, classes, homework, and mentorship available for Continuing Education hours through Yoga Alliance

Yoga, Trauma, and Healing Online Immersion can be applied towards required hours for the Prajna Yoga 300/500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program, and is part of the Prajna Yoga Therapy Track


All of the live sessions for this course will be recorded, and all course materials are available to you indefinitely, as well as being available for download. The only part of this course that has an expiration is the two bonus Prajna Live classes - these will be available for 10 days after the course ends.


Upon completion of this workshop, you will receive a Yogacampus Certificate of Completion.

This course counts toward the Prajna Yoga 300/500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program, and is part of the Prajna Yoga Therapy Track

Meet the Teachers

Tias Little synthesises more than 30 years of study in classical yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhism, anatomy, bodywork, and trauma healing in his dynamic, original style of teaching. Tias began studying the work of B. K. S. Iyengar in 1984 and in 1989 resided in Mysore, India, where he studied Ashtanga vinyasa yoga under the tutelage of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. A licensed massage therapist, Tias has in-depth training in craniosacral therapy. His practice and teaching is influenced by the work of Ida Rolf, Moshé Feldenkrais, and Thomas Hanna. Tias earned a master’s degree in Eastern philosophy from St. John’s College in Santa Fe in 1998.

He is the founder of the Prajna Yoga school. in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife, Surya. In 2010, Tias created SATYA, Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement, a therapeutic movement system. He also offers a wide array of online classes through Glo, YogaU, Yoga Journal, Embodied Philosophy, and Shambhala and teaches internationally. The author of three books: The Thread of Breath, Meditations on a Dewdrop and Yoga of the Subtle Body, his fourth book, The Path is the Practice: Lessons and Reflections on the Transformative Power of Yoga, was released in June 2020.

Surya Little has travelled the globe studying various facets of yoga philosophy and practice and her path includes parallel studies in yoga and nutrition. She teaches from an intuitive understanding of the energetics of the body and combines expertise in yoga therapeutics and nutritional knowledge. She is an avid student of the Chinese Five-Element theory and studies Gigong with the MogaDao Institute. Her extensive training is in both Iyengar and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Surya began her studies in Iyengar Yoga with Karin Stephan and Aadil Palkhivala and continues to study today with Patricia Walden. Co-founder of Prajna Yoga with her husband, Tias, Surya specialises in women’s health, nutrition and therapeutic yoga. Her classes are dynamic and light-hearted while cultivating a strong mental and physical practice.

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