Warriors at Ease: Level 1 Teacher Training



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Become a Warriors at Ease teacher

The Warriors at Ease Level I Teacher Training is an invitation to learn valuable skills to support the health and healing of service members, veterans, and their families, including those who’ve been impacted by war and sexual trauma experienced while serving in the military. In this course, you will learn yoga practices and teaching principles grounded in an approach that is trauma-sensitive, evidenced-based, and informed by the unique aspects of military culture.

This training is for:

  • Yoga and meditation teachers
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Other healthcare providers, and family caretakers
  • Veterans, service members, and their families
  • Anyone who wants to work with people impacted by trauma or high amounts of stress

About Warriors at Ease

The Warriors at Ease approach was first developed in 2006 when its founders were involved in the first Department of Defense funded research on yoga and meditation at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. In response to the success of these early studies, the founders developed a teacher training curriculum to meet the growing demand for specially trained instructors with the knowledge and skills to share yoga in a way that is safe, effective, and relevant for veterans, active duty service members, and their families.

Since then, Warriors at Ease has trained a global network of teachers who are sharing yoga on military installations, in Department of Veterans Affairs facilities, and in yoga studios, retreat centers, and other community-based settings.

1,000+ yoga teachers from around the globe have already become Warriors at Ease teachers!

In this training you will:

  • Learn about the human stress response, the nervous system, and the neuroscience of trauma
  • Explore related research findings and empirical evidence that will help inform the yoga and meditation practices you offer, as well as how you teach
  • Become familiar with the “invisible wounds of war” including post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, and moral injury
  • Learn how to create a “safe container” and a welcoming environment for healing and post-traumatic growth
  • Explore trauma-sensitive breathing and meditation practices
  • Learn adaptive yoga practices and precautions for people with spinal cord injuries or amputations, those in wheelchairs, and veterans with limited mobility
  • Learn how to teach safely and effectively to those who experienced sexual assault while serving in the military
  • Get useful information about healthy boundary-setting for yoga professionals
  • Learn essential self-care principles

Plus, much more!

Meet the Presenters

Susan Alden

C-IAYT and Army Veteran

Molly Birkholm

Co-Founder of Warriors at Ease and iRest Yoga Nidra Teacher Trainer

Robin Carnes

C-IAYT, Co-Founder of Warriors at Ease, and iRest Yoga Nidra Teacher Trainer

Annie Okerlin

C-IAYT and iRest Yoga Nidra Teacher

Renee Champagne

Warriors at Ease Trainer and Air Force Veteran

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) James Alden, U.S. Army

U.S. Army Retired

Robin Cushing


Benefits of becoming a Level 1 Warriors at Ease teacher

Upon receiving your certificate of completion for this course, certified yoga and meditation teachers* will be invited to become part of our worldwide Warriors at Ease teacher network.

The benefits include:

  • Being listed in our online directory of Level 1 Warriors at Ease Teachers
  • Becoming a part of an active community of teachers around the world who are connected via a private Facebook group
  • Promoting your Warriors at Ease classes via our social media channels
  • Accessing our free informational webinars and live discussion groups exclusively for Warriors at Ease teachers
  • The opportunity to attend the next level of Warriors at Ease teacher training, a Level 2 in-person practicum for full certification
  • The opportunities to attend continuing education workshops and retreats for the Warriors at Ease community

*Certified yoga teachers who have completed, at minimum, a 200-hour teacher training or meditation teachers with equivalent certification and experience.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Teachers: Get 30 Continuing Education Credits

Yoga Alliance requires all yoga teachers to accumulate at least 30 hours of continuing education every three years. 20 online hours are allowed to count toward this requirement.

Fulfilling these study hours is as easy as logging into the Yoga Alliance website and entering your hours after you’ve completed Warriors at Ease: Level 1 Teacher Training. Continue your yoga education with this course and more from the Yoga International library!

Yoga Therapists: Get 30 Continuing Education Credits

This course is 30 hours of approved professional development for the continuing education of Certified Yoga Therapists via the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

Warriors at Ease: Level 1 Teacher Training

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