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Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training Panama

Join the School Yoga Institute in the tropical paradise of San Carlos, Panama. Trauma-informed yoga is a rapidly growing field based on neuroscience research. It is quickly becoming a necessity for individuals wishing to become more effective yoga teachers, leaders, healers, or trauma recovery, facilitators.

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  • Trauma-informed yoga classes
  • Pranayama (breathwork) and embodiment practices
  • Broaden the scope of knowledge in the field of trauma recovery
  • Deepen your understanding of how trauma affects the brain and the nervous system
  • Increase awareness and sensitivity when working with trauma survivors
  • Understanding symptomology yoga for anxiety and depression
  • 6 nights of accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

6 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Labyrinth
  • Meditation garden
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Library
  • Tour assistance

Istmo Retreat Center has seven comfortable bungalows, which have air conditioning, pillow-top mattresses, luxury linens, essential oil diffusers, private baths, and balconies with hammocks and panoramic views. The facilities include a hardwood floor yoga studio surrounded by nature, free stand-up-paddleboard, a nature trail in the forest, a full size walking meditation labyrinth, an air-conditioned living room for group gatherings, a gazebo with hammocks, and a fully equipped dining area. There is electricity and Wi-Fi.



The course/hours count as Continuing Education hours for Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®) only.

Sense of community

Everyone is wholeheartedly accepted and encouraged. School Yoga Institute has created and holds space where participants feel safe and comfortable. They support the growth and expansion of people’s horizons - physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and energetically. As a group, a community, a tribe, and an extended family, they practice and learn to let go. They allow the world to unfold before them without reaction or judgment.

Their intention is to guide aspirants through their own healing journey in order to better prepare them for healing others, letting go of anything that holds them back from what their hearts are truly called to do. Together, they unveil the true essence and sweet nectar of life.


Yoga is a practice of collective liberation. In this way, trauma-informed yoga is people-informed yoga. This course is designed not only to provide you with the tools you need to share the ancient wisdom of yoga with others in a trauma-sensitive way but also to inquire into your own life from this perspective. We will focus heavily on the ways you can take yoga off of the mat and into the world, insighting powerful change in your communities.

This program is specifically designed for yoga teachers (RYT-200 required) or health care providers who wish to broaden their scope of knowledge in the field of trauma recovery. You will need to have taken a 200-hr YTT or be a licensed mental health professional.

This training is for professionals seeking to deepen their understanding of how trauma affects the brain and the nervous system, as well as how to increase awareness and sensitivity when working with trauma survivors. Trainees will learn how trauma lives in the body and the incredible healing potential that is available through embodiment practices and breathwork. After completion of this training, graduates will feel empowered to share trauma-informed yoga classes in their communities and beyond.

What to expect

  • Anatomy of the brain
  • Understanding the nervous system
  • Neuroscience and neurobiology research studies about embodiment and trauma
  • Considerations for working with and teaching yoga to trauma survivors
  • Understanding symptomology (yoga for anxiety and depression)
  • Depathologizing and destigmatizing mental illness
  • Inclusive language
  • Resourcing
  • Pranayama for trauma
  • Understanding triggers
  • Leadership tools
  • Productive and effective hands-on adjustments
  • Effective communication techniques
  • Self-care within community care
  • Ceremonies and rituals

Important: Please note that this is an educational course for those wishing to work with specific populations that could benefit and heal trauma through yoga. This program is not a substitute for therapy. While you do plan to hold space for transformation and personal growth, this is professional training. Even though you will be diving deep into your own self-inquiry, this is not a personal therapy intensive.

Typical daily schedule

You will begin at 4 p.m on May 21 and finish at 12 p.m on May 27. There will be one full day off on May 24th to schedule activities or have a day of rest. There will be many different options for activities through Istmo that you can book upon arrival.

  • 07:00 - 08:30 Somatic study
  • 08:30 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 13:00 Lecture/Special topic
  • 13:00 - 15:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 - 18:00 Practical application/Consideration for TIY
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 - 21:00 Ceremony/Movement medicine

Required book

Please purchase The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk. Reading is not required prior to the training unless the trainee feels so inclined. You will be using Van Der Kolk’s book as a reference throughout the course.


Jeanine Talento

Retreat location

ISTMO is a family-owned and operated full-service yoga retreat center in Playa Grande, San Carlos, 1.5 hours from Panama City. Istmo Retreat Center is only a short five-minute walk to the pristine Playa Grande beach! Istmo Retreat Center has seven comfortable bungalows, which have air conditioning, pillow-top mattresses, luxury linens, essential oil diffusers, private baths, and balconies with hammocks and panoramic views.

The facilities include an 80 meters square feet hardwood floor yoga studio surrounded by nature; free stand-up-paddleboard classes and tours; a nature trail in the forest; a full size walking meditation labyrinth; an air-conditioned living room for group gatherings; a gazebo with hammocks; and a fully equipped dining area.

Unique features


  • Stand up paddle boarding


  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Balcony
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Labyrinth
  • Meditation garden
  • Yoga studio

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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The food during this retreat will be vegetarian. Three daily meals are included.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Local Panama activities

  • Volcano hike
  • Local mountain beach town
  • Waterfall hike
  • Stand up paddle-boarding
  • Rainforest tours

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 3 meals per day
  • Course tuition and manual
  • Certificate upon completion

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY). You can organize a group shuttle on May 21st from Panama City to the retreat center and all plan to arrive together. There will be a shuttle organized for departure on May 27th as well.

Arrival by taxi

From the airport, take either a bus or a taxi to the Albrook Bus Terminal. From the Albrook Terminal, you can take a bus to Chame or Anton (they leave every 15 minutes), and tell the bus driver you want to get off in Coronado. This is will be a 1.5-hour bus ride. Coronado is a good place to stop and pick up some snacks for your room (you will have a refrigerator in your room), and any things you may have forgotten at home. From Coronado, you will take a taxi to Istmo around 10 USD.

Arrival by bus

From the airport, take a taxi to the Albrook Bus Terminal. From the Albrook Terminal, you can take a bus to Anton or Penenome (they leave every 15 minutes), and tell the bus driver you want to get off at Las Uvas where the turn-off to El Valle is located – there is a big Delta Gas Station there. This will be a one hour and 45-minute bus ride.

From the bus stop, you can cross the Inter American highway using the pedestrian overpass and make a right (away from Panama City) on the shoulder of the Inter American highway towards the entrance to Playa Grande. Turn into the entrance to Playa Grande (it will be your first left and walk down the street staying to your left at the fork in the road) for around 15 minutes.

The entrance to the property will be to your left, in-between two small speed bumps on the road. A sign that says “Istmo” will be on the far fence of the entrance.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Saturday May 21, 2022
Departure: Friday May 27, 2022

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