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“The facilitators, Caroline and Sarah, had wonderful energy together and delivered the workshop in a heart-centered, compassionate way; it was the perfect balance of yoga and science. They provided a safe and peaceful environment making it very easy to share personal information.”

— Andrea Sieffert, training participant

The Trauma-Informed Yoga Training was originally developed by Sarah Schlote, a Somatic Experiencing-trained trauma therapist and mindfulness practitioner, and Caroline Owen, a trauma-sensitive yoga therapist and yoga teacher trainer. They were inspired by the parallels between yoga therapy principles, trauma therapy principles, and contemplative practices, and how these align with neuroscience, biophysiology, polyvagal theory and attachment theory. It wasn’t long before they were joined by Christine Lee, whose unique cross-disciplinary training as a Somatic Experiencing-trained trauma therapist and yoga teacher trainer was a perfect fit.

Sarah later went on to develop the Trauma-Informed Mindfulness Training, given the large amount of overlap and relevance in the material taught in TIY to mindfulness and meditation instructors.

Sarah Schlote, Caroline Owen and Christine Lee in Halifax, NS (June 2017)Sarah Schlote, Caroline Owen and Christine Lee in Halifax, NS (June 2017)

Sarah, Caroline and Christine are a powerhouse trio of facilitators whose complementary teaching styles are enhanced by their passion for trauma-informed practices and commitment to walking their talk through their own healing journeys. They bring tremendous humanity, compassion, and realness to their workshops, and are excited to share the richness and depth of this unique integration of Eastern and Western knowledge.

They are continually amazed by the parallels between Somatic Experiencing™ and other trauma therapies, trauma physiology and yoga therapy principles, and are excited to share the richness and depth of this unique integration of Eastern and Western knowledge.

“My experience in the workshop was as personally healing as it was informative. I gained a new level of understanding and empathy for my students and their backgrounds. Caroline and Christine were outstanding facilitators and did a superb job of creating a safe space and learning environment. The skills and suggestions provided will no doubt serve me as a yoga instructor. Thank you so much!”

— Madeleine MacConnell

CarolineCaroline Owen, BA, E-RYT500
Yoga Teacher Trainer and Yoga Therapist
Wavelengths Yoga Studio
Norwood, ON

Caroline runs yoga classes and trauma-sensitive teacher trainings out of her studio in the Peterborough area. She became interested in yoga for survivors of trauma after completing a 5-year yoga therapy training in the U.S. and India with TKV Desikachar and other teachers. Having witnessed the growth of many students, and personally experiencing yoga’s power in healing trauma, she now had a set of tools to help others to slowly and safely release their own past experiences. Caroline has been teaching yoga since 1991, when it was still very novel and uncommon in Ontario, and has practicing yoga therapy with 1:1 clients since 2009. Her main teachers include TKV Desikachar, Sharath Jois, Esther Myers, and Diane Bruni, and she has also completed additional training in Thai yoga massage, Sanskrit and Vedic chanting. She has produced a full-length professional recording, “Open Heart – Yoga to Awaken Loving Kindness”, which is available for purchase on her website. She also offers trainings and workshops for yoga teachers, including a 350-hour advanced trauma-sensitive yoga teacher training (dates for upcoming trainings can be found on the Wavelengths Yoga website listed above). Caroline also has a passion for outdoor adventure travels, and leads wilderness treks, horseback rides and retreats throughout the world, often combined with yoga, meditation and mindfulness.

SarahSarah Schlote, MA, RP, SEP
Registered Psychotherapist and Somatic Experiencing™ Practitioner
The Refuge: Centre for Healing and Recovery
Guelph, ON

Sarah is a trauma and attachment specialist, trainer, and founder of The Refuge, an integrative clinic that incorporates a number of relational and body-oriented approaches along with neuroscience, psychophysiology, spirituality, and horses in the healing process. Her 3-year Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria in British Columbia is enhanced by the formal 3-year training in Somatic Experiencing® under faculty members Berns Galloway and Kathy Kain. She has attended a master class with the founder of SE, Dr. Peter Levine, and is currently an approved training assistant at all levels through the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute in Boulder, CO. She has also completed the advanced Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists with Kathy Kain and Somatic Resilience and Regulation: Early Trauma training with Kathy Kain and Steve Terrell, as well as the Basic EMDR Training and training in working with structural dissociation with Kathy Martin. Sarah has worked in the counselling field since 2001, practicing mindfulness and self-compassion since 2003 both personally and professionally, and is passionate about increasing awareness of trauma-informed and trauma-specific care. Her experience includes mental health and addictions; early developmental and attachment trauma; sexual trauma; abuse and neglect; ritual abuse and colonial trauma (residential schools); pre-natal and birth trauma; shock trauma and PTSD; stress and anxiety; dissociation, ego state and inner child work; identity development; grief and loss; complex syndromes (chronic pain, fatigue, IBS, etc.), healthy aggression; codependency and relationship dynamics; and boundaries work. She has also personally experienced how spiritual practices can be traumatizing, and works with people to recover from unhealthy religious involvement or from the adverse effects of meditation and yoga in order to restore choice, voice and empowerment and wholeness within these practices. For Sarah’s updated professional résumé, click here.

Christine Hakkola, MACP, RP (Qualifying), SEP, RUY500Christine Hakkola, MACP, RP (Qualifying), SEP, RUY500
Registered Psychotherapist (qualifying) and Yoga Teacher Trainer
Somatic Experiencing™ Practitioner
christinehakkola.com
Oak Bay, New Brunswick

Christine works in private practice and online with clients across Canada as a therapist and life coach. She holds a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology, has been a practitioner of yoga for nearly 20 years and has been teaching yoga since 2007. She has completed three 200-hour yoga teacher trainings at School of Santhi with Swami Santhi Prasad in Southern India, Gaitri Yoga with Ally Bogard in Western Canada, and Live the Light of Yoga with Darren Rhodes and Christina Sell, in the U.S.A. She is mostly heavily influenced by Iyengar and Ashtanga-Vinyasa yoga, as well as styles that emphasize alignment principles. Christine has also completed a 500-hour advanced teacher training with Vedantin Ping Lao at School Yoga Institute in Guatemala, which included training in shamanism and mysticism. Christine has completed the comprehensive 3-year Somatic Experiencing™ Practitioner training, and she also incorporates other SE-inspired models in her work, including Diane Poole Heller’s Attachment Re-patterning and Steven Hoskinson’s Organic Intelligence. She also appreciates the parallels between biophysiological models of trauma work and Sue Johnson’s Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy. Christine combines her love of yoga, coaching and somatic work through teaching regular yoga classes, working with individuals and couples, and facilitating public workshops and retreats worldwide.

Sarah and CarolineSarah and Caroline, presenting a full-day seminar on trauma and yoga at the 2013 Grounding Trauma conference.