Trauma Informed Yoga for Youth

Trauma Informed Yoga for Youth Empowerment

UFC is proud to provide this 15-hour course that is designed to help children live peacefully and be their best possible selves. Entirely self-paced and asynchronous through Google Classrooms, this course is preapproved for EIP and Quality Stars funding as well as meets the requirements for professional development toward health, nutrition, and ACEs.
Jessica Janowsky wanted to provide trauma-informed yoga for youth empowerment. That is why she founded Yoga M.A.G.I.C., which is an acronym for what yoga means to her:
  • Mindfulness
  • Acceptance
  • Gratitude
  • Integrity
  • Compassion
Yoga Pose
This course covers the following topics:
The cost for this course is $300 per participant. Each participant has one year to complete the course successfully.
Group of Yoga Practitioners
  • Understanding Trauma
  • ACEs
  • Development of the Human Brain
  • Signs & Symptoms of Trauma
  • Best Practices for Incorporating Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth

About this Course

This course is an independent study. It is accredited and recognized through Yoga Alliance as well as NYAEYC (New York Association for the Education of Young Children). If you belong to either of these organizations you will receive 15 continuing education credits for your successful completion. This course can be done at your own pace. You have a year to finish from the time your purchase the course. If you need help or have any questions, please contact your Instructor, Jessica Janowsky, at to schedule a conference.
Participants Enrolled in This Course Will…


  • The definitions and concepts associated with trauma
  • How the body and brain are affected when a person experiences a traumatic event
  • Which yoga strategies and techniques can be appropriately integrated into your classes to support and empower all of your students


  • How triggers cause a survivor to re-experience a traumatic episode
  • How the neuro-pathways of the brain are changed as a result of experiencing trauma
  • Muscle memory as it related to experiencing trauma

To Be Able To

  • Use social and emotional curing strategies to promote a safe and kind yoga classroom environment
  • Apply “whole child” concepts to lessons in an effective and appropriate manner
  • Apply yoga techniques and teaching strategies that empower students and promote good mental health practices
  • Help students build resiliency in the face of adversity

What is Yoga?

Some people might think that yoga is just stretching and strengthening the physical body, but, in fact, this ancient secular practice is so much more than that. Yoga incorporates breathing practices, mindful awareness, and meditation techniques along with those stretching, physical postures. This combination of techniques helps to unite a person with their mind, body, and spirit so they can focus on the present moment.

How Does Yoga Help Survivors of Trauma?

People that have undergone a traumatic experience are likely to have had their confidence shaken. They might feel like they have lost control of their life, which can leave them feeling vulnerable, fearful, or angry.
Yoga uses the healing properties of the breath to help these individuals be aware of the present moment—the only actual time where a person has choices. It reminds us that we cannot change the past nor control the future. Physically moving through specific poses helps promote calmness within the nervous system while breathing and meditation can help them calm their minds and feel more confident.

Is Yoga Good for Kids?

Yoga is an excellent way for children to gain a lot of benefits at an early age. By taking regular yoga lessons, children are able to manage anxiety better, improve their emotional regulation, and boost their self-esteem. It is also a great way to enhance focus, cognition, mindfulness, memory, strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination. Yoga promotes acceptance of oneself and others, which is a lesson that all children should get the chance to learn.