Trauma-Informed Trans-Affirming Yoga & Ethics Training

2017 Dates To Be Announced!


  • Have you ever wondered how yoga could be used to increase resiliency and decrease the effects of trauma in the lives of your clients?
  • Are you worried about using the “wrong language” when talking about and to the trans community?
  • Do you struggle with how to create a compassionate, supportive, and trans-affirming environment?

Our Goals

We aim to bring clarity, knowledge and resources to the ethics of providing a trans-affirming, trauma-informed environment to your clients, community or business, while also showing how yoga can aid in this process.

What will I learn?

  • Ethics & Best Practices of Working with the Trans Community
  • Neurobiology of Trauma
  • Yoga as a Mental Health Strategy
  • Empowering Terminology
  • Knowledge of Gender Continuum
  • Ability to Work Compassionately & Knowledgeably with All Gender Identities
  • How to Create a Trans-Affirming Environment
  • Experience a Trans-Affirming, Trauma-Informed Yoga Practice

You will receive: 

4 Ethics CE hours endorsed by NASW-NC
 Ethics Continuing Education Credits from Yoga Alliance

How can yoga help?

Yoga increases our ability to integrate all the parts of our identity. As we practice postures, breathing, meditation, yogic philosophy and ethics, we practice being fully present with ourselves & fully accepting of who we are. This practice takes deep compassion for all beings, including ourselves. It is the yogic practice of presence, along with compassion, that can bring deep healing the whole gender continuum. Being responsive and inclusive to the needs of the trans community furthers a core tenet of yoga which is to create compassionate connection where all can feel safe.

What are the challenges with yoga?

Yoga is also not immune to cultural influences, including cultural concepts of gender. Thankfully, yoga is a living tradition, with core concepts & practices, while still maintaining the flexibility to adapt. We believe the skills attained through the practice of yoga can be a key piece to creating an open, loving cultural dialogue to help society integrate identities along the entire gender continuum.

Yoga can be inclusive of gender-identifications with some basic skills and knowledge. In this training, you will learn the foundations of ethical best practices when interacting with the trans community.

Questions? Please call 828-771-6403



“Highly informed training for those working with the Trans Community.”
-Kesse Hodge

“I learned so much about how to hold a safe, respectful space for Trans clients and learned concrete strategies for supporting folks.”
-Elizabeth Gillette

“Very helpful, practical and informative.  This will help the quality of my interactions with my Physical Therapy clients.  Thank you!”
-Heather Edwards

“My experience was validating and eye-opening.  I learned so much today that I believe myself and future clients.”
-Alli D.

“This has been the most comfortable, relaxing and educational training I have
-Melissa Snyder

“I felt very safe and affirmed as a survivor and trans-identified person in the class.”

“A highly informative training that assisted in providing new information and techniques for working with trans clients.”


About our guest contributor, Heather Branham:

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Heather Branham, LCSW is an Asheville-based therapist with Porch Light Counseling where she specializes in helping individuals, couples, and families navigate the complexities of gender identity and sexuality. Heather has a particular interest in providing support to individuals considering gender transition and their families. She has completed Level 1 training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a body-based treatment for trauma and attachment wounds. Trained as a birth doula and a prenatal yoga teacher, Heather also treats clients dealing with mood issues in pregnancy and postpartum. Her Gender Creative Kids Play Group seeks to build community among families of children under 12 who color outside the lines of the gender boxes they were assigned. Heather is a frequent presenter on topics relevant to the LGBTQ community and consults with organizations seeking to improve their services to this community.

Porch Light FinalPorch Light Counseling is a collective of therapists who envision a world where all people can access non-judgmental support and relevant resources to make healthy decisions for themselves and their families. Our specialties include support in pregnancy and postpartum, relationship counseling, gender identity and sexuality, and trauma.

Cancellation Policy for Trainings:

There is a cancellation fee after you sign up. There are no refunds given for cancellations within 48 hours of the event. Please review our cancellation policy for details.