with emphasis on Trauma-Informed Practice

Led By: Raechel Morrow and Betsy Rosenbrook

Program Begins March 2020!

March 28 & 29, April 11 & 26, May 29, 30, 31

June 13 & 28, July 18 & 19, August 15 & 16



The GRHY Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training Program provides a comprehensive education in Hatha yoga teaching, which includes all eight limbs of yoga.  It is accredited by Yoga Alliance and our school is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapist (IAYT). This program will prepare you to offer a life-changing and deeply empowering instruction with skills to facilitate group sessions using our ten themes of transformation. Our program is for practitioners serious about initiating change in their life and in the world.


Our program is in alignment with the latest studies in neuroscience and the mind-body connection. When we practice focusing our attention on the breath and internal bodily sensations, it changes our brain, strengthening the experiential attention neural pathway. In this way, perceptual experiences are heightened and it becomes easier for us to access these pathways as we integrate this attention to internal experience into our daily lives. 


Our yoga teacher training is rooted in embodiment and empowerment. Our graduates are yoga educators, facilitators of a process rather than a prescription. We believe each person knows what is most appropriate and help people draw out what is already inside. We want to help people become genuine, empowered, embodied and live in their true nature. Because of this our training includes curriculum in inclusivity.


The foundation of our program is meant to guide you toward facilitating an intentional, transformational and mindful yoga practice that fosters a deeper connection to the subtle body. You can either begin a therapeutic yoga practice or add to your existing professional qualifications. If you are already a mental health or wellness professional, you will gain an understanding of how to integrate this proven, mind-body, yoga-based process with your clientele.


Our teacher training uniquely includes  Trauma-Informed training.  This certification is not found at any other local yoga teacher training. These protocols are currently being utilized in private practices, hospitals, wellness centers, other health care facilities, prisons, addiction centers, and schools, both as stand-alone programs and as a complementary modality. 


GRHY is for those who want to use yoga in a field that helps people change themselves for the better and become empowered to live more authentic and meaningful lives. Our program is fully accredited by Yoga Alliance. Graduates will be trained to work with trauma, PTSD, ADHD and children, special needs, anxiety and depression, special populations, empowerment, and life enhancement.  

****** After graduation you are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a RYT 200.


What are graduates saying?


My experience in the 200-hour Therapeutic Trauma Informed  Teacher Training has far exceeded any expectations. I was hoping to add tools to my teaching toolbox and become trauma-informed. I did not expect the positive transformation it would bring to my whole life. I have been a dedicated yoga practitioner for 22 years. It has been a journey. I have ridden the waves of experience with practice and teaching – from feeling physical and emotional release after a good practice to struggling with harsh self-judgment and feeling unworthy of guiding others. I craved a deeper understanding of the meaning behind the physical experience. This training made space for me to go all the way to the center of myself in a way that I had never experienced before. The experiences, texts, the practice of Yamas and Niyamas, partnerships,  practicums, and self-care commitment transcended into all the layers of my being.  Not only do I feel prepared to make space for others to take their own journey, I feel more awake to the world and closer to my truth. Betsey and Raechel are gifted guides and my heart overflows with gratitude for their shared wisdom and integrity. Erin Reed



"This teacher training is like no other.  It offers an approach to yoga classes that cater to an under-served population in our community and those that have or are experiencing trauma. Raechel and Betsy bring an abundance of experience, wisdom, and an authenticity to this program that is far beyond my expectations. Those drawn to this journey tend to benefit on a personal level as you begin to see the bigger picture of all that yoga has to offer each of us wherever we are in life."     Tamara Reaume




Therapeutic Trauma-Informed Yoga Educator (TTIY-E)

Certification for Yoga Instructors or Yoga Therapist

October 11th & 25th

November 15th & 29th

 December 13th



Early pricing Before June 1st, 2020 $1000





Grand Rapids Healing Yoga provides an integrated approach to health and wellness. Our approach is based on empowerment and embodiment. We bring the ancient insights of yoga as a science and art into modern wellness programs, along with medical and mental health knowledge.


This yoga training includes evidence-informed protocols for working with trauma survivors and those directly or indirectly affected by trauma. These protocols are currently used/taught in yoga studios, hospitals, wellness centers, other health care facilities, prisons, and addiction centers, mental-health facilities, both as stand-alone programs and as a complementary mental health modality. Learn how to facilitate a private TSY yoga session or integrate yoga into your current profession and offerings.


In this certification you will learn:

  • Introduction to yoga techniques of Grand Rapids Healing Yoga

  • Trauma Theory and the physiological and psychological effects of trauma & PTSD

  • How trauma is stored in the body and how to offer somatic, body-based only treatment.

  • Polyvagal theory, the significance of the vagus nerve in trauma, and the role and function that yoga can play in stabilization and grounding.

  • Interoception and embodiment. 

  • Yoga and the nervous system.

  • The impact of empowerment in trauma treatment.

  • Destigmatizing Trauma


We integrate ancient Hatha Yoga and modern research in the fields of neurobiology, stress physiology and medical biophysics; of particular interest is the work of Bo Forbes Ph.D., E-RYT, Dr. Stephen Porges, Ph.D. (Polyvagal Nerve Theory), Dr. Peter A. Levine, Ph. D (Somatic Experiencing) and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. (The Body Keeps the Score).   


Prerequisites: Minimum of 200 hours of study in yoga as a teacher, educator or yoga therapist. Subject to approval from instructors.






If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us, we want to hear from you!

535 Greenwood Ave. Suite 200 East Grand Rapids, 49506​


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