Yoga for Social Justice: From Cultural Disembodiment to an Elevated Collective Consciousness

Learn how we heal and overcome our collective trauma with somatic practices and yoga

Welcome and thank you for considering social justice work and its relationship to yoga and trauma healing!

This course is open to all people (not just mental health and yoga professionals). You will have lifetime access to the course upon purchase. The course includes two-hours of video lecture and a training manual.

Learning Objectives:

Through the use of contemplative practices, meditations, journal prompts, and engaging lecture you will:

1. Explore the intersection between yogic philosophy and the social justice movement, specifically relating to racial trauma and collective healing.

2. Explore the ways in which our society’s collective trauma creates a felt disembodiment and how yoga can bring us back to our bodies, both individually and collectively.

3. Explore how the yogic texts can be used as guidelines for embodied activism.

4. Explore how we can use our yoga practices, both on and off the mat, to be embodied agents for social change.

5. Compassionately explore how your body's holding of ancestral and social trauma impacts your personal goals, motives and biases. Explore related practices to support continued healing and self-evolution.

*Recommended reading: Skill in Action by Michelle Cassandra Johnson. You will also receive a full resource list with purchase of the course.


*At this time only Texas-based mental health professionals and yoga teachers registered with Yoga Alliance can receive CE's.

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Your Instructor

Nityda Gessell, LCSW, E-RYT (500), TIYT
Nityda Gessell, LCSW, E-RYT (500), TIYT

What sets Nityda apart?

*As a yoga teacher for the past 13 years, Nityda has worked with diverse populations, teaching and training others to teach in public yoga studios, substance abuse rehabilitation centers, adult and adolescent units within psychiatric hospitals, drop in centers for youth, public and private school systems, and clinically within the psychotherapy setting.

*Nityda is a licensed, practicing psychotherapist and trauma specialist. Nityda has devoted herself to trauma training and research and is keen to the intricacies that present within clinical settings. Nityda is trained in a variety of somatic-based and trauma-focused psychotherapies including Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and mindfulness-based modalities. Nityda's dual licensure as both yoga professional and mental health professional inform her wider scope of practice and experience in supporting trauma survivors, that is rare to find in a trauma-informed yoga teacher trainer.

*Nityda’s energy has been described as “grounding, calm and compassionate,” while also “playful and light-hearted.” Some have said Nityda brings an “intriguing edge” (maybe it’s the tattoos!). Please visit to read testimonials.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
You get lifetime access to this course upon enrolling! This means unlimited access for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Do you offer refunds for the course?
Nityda has poured her heart and soul into creating this course for you. Refunds are not offered.

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