Surviving Assault: Yoga Therapy as Early Intervention Following Assault or Trauma with Diana Tokaji

Surviving Assault: Yoga Therapy as Early Intervention Following Assault or Trauma – A Strength-Focused Approach for Health and Holistic Practitioners with Yoga Experience

with Diana Tokaji, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, M.Sc.


If you work with assault, trauma, acute anxiety, or PTSD, this series will support your visceral understanding of the physiology of assault, provide you with new physical practices, and guide you in holding space for another’s pain. Applying yoga therapy’s pancamayakosha model, or five sheaths – body, breath, mind, wisdom, bliss – you’ll experience how a strength-focused approach bridges body to highest wisdom, a process essential to assault survival and to finding one’s courageous path.

Just as we might stabilize a painful broken limb prior to hospital care, the broken Being needs stabilization of body and mind when her world is uprooted. This is the primary step that we address: the acute stage that may occur immediately after trauma or repeatedly thereafter.  How do we safely support a body that is traumatized? How can a client — and how do we — tap inherent wisdom at darkest hours? You will be guided to explore inspirational body and mind practices – resources that draw us toward a new midline, breeding health where trauma once held power.


Part I: Foundational Principles & Practices for Acute Trauma Care
Introduces an illuminating power point, foundational asana, R.A.I.N. and basic touch. Previous course participants: use discount code TOKAJI at checkout for a $70 discount, available only for Part I. 

Part II: Sensitive Touch & the Art of Presence (Part I is a pre-requisite)
Deep exploration of asana, training in multiple assists and in healthy, productive presence. 

Part III: The Biology of Courage & Safe Restorative Poses (Parts I & II are pre-requisite)
Powerful hand mudra, active & restorative asana, the reality of triggers, and neuroscience. 

Part IV: Creative Recovery – Bridging the Art of Survival (Parts I, II, III are pre-requisite)
Survival techniques, Creativity for Wellbeing, inspirational body/mind practices, and actions that heal.


Please bring pen and pad or journal to the workshops. A folder with many handouts will be provided.  Inspirational assignments (one article, two brief videos, and two short writings) will further integrate the program for participants. For questions and to discuss partial scholarship:

CEU: 20 Continuing Education Units with International Association of Yoga Therapists and Yoga Alliance (18 contact hours, 2 non-contact hours)


Testimonials from past workshop participants:

“I am already incorporating elements of what you shared into my practice.” Rahel Schwartz, PhD, LCSW, Clinical Director JCADA (Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse)

“I would highly recommend this course to anyone. This course is a must have for all Yoga Instructors! This instructor is one of the best instructors that I have experienced in my lifetime. Patient, knowledgeable, engaging and genuinely concerned and caring for all students.” Zoey Jackson, wounded warrior, author, and ERYT-200 yoga teacher

EARLY BIRD extended until 12/3! Our gift to you on Giving Tuesday!

Date, Time and Location

Pt I & II: Sat & Sun, 12/14–15
Pt III & IV: Sat & Sun 1/18–19
Saturdays: 12p–5p and Sundays: 12:30p–4:30p
All sessions in Silver Spring

Registration Options

REGISTER full training: $475 early bird by Dec 3 / $525 after
REGISTER part I only: $165
EMAIL single session for past participants: $95 (please email)