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Transforming Trauma with Yoga and Yoga Nidra
with Molly Birkholm

Friday, August 16, 2019 - Thursday, August 22, 2019

Transforming Trauma with Yoga and Yoga Nidra at the Sivananda Yoga Ranch


Molly Birkholm

Tuition: $750 + Accommodation or Ashram day rate

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This is a course for yoga teachers, healthcare workers, and interested souls. The negative effects of anxiety and trauma surround us in modern life, creating a major public health concern. Cutting-edge clinical research confirms what yogis have known for thousands of years: yoga and meditation can help to regulate the nervous system, integrate past traumas held in the body, and experience wholeness. This course is both experiential and educational, designed to give you a direct experience of the healing potential these practices offer so that you can integrate them into both your professional and personal life.
-Discover how to create a safe, nurturing trauma sensitive yoga practice using evidence-based methodologies.
-Learn how yoga nidra guided mindfulness meditation can help with insomnia, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression.
-Understand what modern clinical research is discovering about how these ancient techniques heal trauma.
-Experience how to use the breath, visualization, sound, and other movement and mindfulness practices for healing trauma.
-Learn about how the practices can empower Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth
Structure a self care plan for integrating these life-changing practices into daily life.

Registration Information

The course tuition (listed above) is for the whole program. Your accommodation rate includes meals, Satsangs, and Hatha yoga classes which are offered daily.

Program Schedule


2:00pm      Check-in
4:00pm      Hatha Yoga Class
6:00pm      Dinner
8:00pm      Special Satsang with Molly*
10:30pm    Lights Out


5:30am      Wake Up Bell
6:00am      Satsang* or Silent Walk
8:00am      Practice Teaching Session with Molly
10:00am    Brunch
10:45am    Karma Yoga
12:00pm – 6:00pm    Yoga Nidra Training
6:00pm      Dinner
8:00pm      Satsang*
10:30pm    Lights Out


5:30am      Wake Up Bell
6:00am      Satsang* or Silent Walk
8:00am      Special Hatha Yoga Class with Madhavi
10:00am    Brunch
11:00am – 1:30pm    Final Workshop with Molly
12:00pm      Room Checkout

* Satsang – 30-minute silent meditation, kirtan / chanting, spiritual lecture.
Daily activity schedule, and/or possible changes, will be announced at morning Satsang.

Arrival & Departure Information

•   Friday – 2:00pm onwards
•   Thursday- 12:00pm (room checkout)

Planning to arrive and depart here by bus?  See more information.

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Molly Birkholm

Molly Birkholm is a yoga and meditation teacher trainer, trauma educator, professional speaker, consultant, and writer. She is the co-founder of Warriors at Ease and has helped pioneer evidence-based trauma-sensitive yoga and meditation programs for PTSD in the military and other communities affected by trauma, including human trafficking survivors and homeless communities. Molly’s stress management programs, resilience training, and trauma treatment programs are used by leaders and top organizations around the world, including the US Department of Defense, McKinsey & Company, and the Young Presidents’ Organization. She is also an iRest Yoga Nidra Teacher Trainer and a Sivananda Yoga Teacher. Molly teaches trainings and retreats around the world and also online on The Great Courses and as the host of the Women’s Empowerment Initiative on Yoga International.

The Ranch's Daily Schedule

5:30amWake Up
6:00amSatsang or Silent Walk
8:00amHatha Yoga Class
11:00amKarma Yoga
12:00pmAfternoon Program
& Free Time
4:00pmHatha Yoga Class
10:30pmLights Out

Satsang & Yoga Classes

Satsang consists of a 30-minute silent meditation, followed by 30 minutes of spiritual chanting (kirtan), and finishes with 30 minutes of spiritual lecture.
Daily attendance at both Satsangs and Hatha Yoga Classes is encouraged for your health and well-being and to maintain the proper rhythm and atmosphere of the ashram community.

Sivananda Yoga Ranch


Friday, August 16, 2019
Thursday, August 22, 2019


Sivananda Yoga Ranch
500 Budd Rd
Woodbourne, NY 12788 United States


The Sivananda Yoga Ranch