Choose Specialised Trauma-Sensitive Therapeutic Yoga Therapy

Teacher Training

Holistic Women’s Wellness


Join our specialised therapeutic trauma-sensitive yoga & Pilates teacher training and facilitator course

30 days 200 hrs

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Only 10 students will be part of this program to ensure a high quality of learning and personal experience

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Graduate testimonials


I came here a month ago feeling a little bit lost, frustrated, confused, but also thinking that I wanted to learn skills to be able to help people when I go back home. Within the first couple of days the layers of the onion started to unpeel; really opening up.

Lots of issues that I had – which I’d been ignoring – and kind of normalising.

I had a block that I’ve got dyslexia. I had a bit of a mental block thinking that I was completely illiterate and I just couldn’t write. I don’t know what it was.

I also suffered with bulimia, but again I just normalised it. As I delved deeper into myself – explored myself – I realized that it didn’t have to be a part of me anymore and so I’ve managed, with the tools that were supplied during the course, to keep it at bay. I’ve been given the tools, which I’ve used, to communicate to myself differently; allowing my writing ability and my creative ability to flourish, which feels amazing.

The month has been an amazing experience. It’s been challenging but completely eye opening and I really feel like I’ve got this feeling in my belly which is this knowing, which is amazing, this feeling of acceptance. Of accepting that I don’t have to be that person anymore, I don’t have to put that mask on.

I can be me. That feeling is just completely and utterly unbelievable.

I cannot recommend Saliya Life Institute any more. They’ve held this amazing space, they’ve allowed us to grow, they’ve given us support, and they’ve allowed us to complete that full circle. Thank you so much for your hard work. Thank you. L.H.


Colleen is a qualified and former allied healthcare professional with UK and South African experience in methadone clinics, HIV clinics, general and chronic medicine, and chemotherapy production. She is an emergency first response instructor, hospice counselor, registered experienced yoga teacher (ERYT200; RYT500), a certified Pilates instructor, early childhood development specialist and certified in various forms of massage and bodywork.

She has completed various meditation retreats including a 21 day silent Vipassana meditation program in the North of Thailand and has a deep respect for Asian traditions having lived in various Asian countries for many years. She has studied Qi Gong in China, Yoga in Mysore India as well as with Ray Long US Orthopaedic surgeon and student on BKS Iyengar.

She has a comprehensive understanding of illness and wellness combining this experience into preventative medicine and integrative approaches to wellness in a Balanced and sustainable way for the individual.

This course offering is an amalgamation of Colleen’s work throughout her life and she is registered with the International Association of Trauma Professionals.


Saliya Life Institute is a Registered Yoga School (RYS-200) and the curriculum of this trauma-sensitive yoga-Pilates teacher training is approved by the international Yoga Alliance.
The lead educator and facilitator of this training is also an emergency first response instructor.
Graduates have the choice of registering with both of these international associations.

registeredyogaschool-rys200BEAUTIFUL LOCATION

An idyllic safe beachfront environment at the first and only beachfront integrative health and wellness retreat center on Chaloklum bay Koh Phangan,

Veranda Phangan.

Colleen is the owner of Veranda Phangan and offers the services of Saliya Life Institute from this venue in Thailand. The venue is closed to the general public during this course allowing for exclusive use to course members only.

veranda-beach-front-logo-1200x900PRICE & BOOKING

I believe high quality affordable education and health care are core Human Rights.

Early-bird US $ 3240 gets you

  • 30 days and 200hrs of personalised training;
  • breakfast 6 days a week;
  • lunch 6 days a week;
  • herbal sauna 6 days a week;
  • art supplies.



Our 5 main objectives for this program are the following

  • Objective 1

Professionalism and Ethics

A clear and thorough understanding of professional code of ethics, professional responsibilities and code of conduct as these relate to commitments to students, the profession, and the public, within the scope of practice of a yoga and Pilates teacher. **Please note this is not a trauma clinician qualification and is not intended to replace mental health practitioners.**
Ethical business practices are included in this objective.

  • Objective 2

Anatomy, Neurology and Physiology of Toxic Stress and Trauma

A sufficient understanding of anatomy and physiology as it relates to yoga and Pilates and more specifically relating to trauma sensitive yoga and Pilates.
Participants will complete a full EFR (Emergency First Response) training as part of this program and will be eligible to register with Emergency First Response should they so choose.

  • Objective 3

Social Contribution and Change

To directly contribute to sustainable personal and social understanding, acceptance, transformation and improvement.
The objective of this program is greater understanding of self, and others to support community and global harmony. Social contribution is a core value of Saliya Life Institute. This course is designed for people who want to work with vulnerable people in their home countries. **Please note this course is not intended for the cultivation of spiritual seeking but rather practical interaction with the general public in your home communities which is very much needed. All belief systems are respected and welcome at Saliya Life Institute.**

  • Objective 4


The main objective and intention of the program is to be capable and competent of teaching a 60 minute trauma sensitive yogalates (Yoga and Pilates) group session; a one-on-one 60 minute trauma sensitive yogalates private session; lead a suitable 60 minute workshop; a full body massage (optional); an experiential understanding of art therapy and the importance of creativity in healing.

  • Objective 5

Ayurveda and Traditional Asian approaches to health and wellBeing

A foundational understanding of Ayurveda being the sister science of Yoga as a support to yoga teachers and students, as well as introductory traditional approaches. The program participant will have sufficient knowledge to support ongoing studies in this field.



Our 11 guiding and foundational principles at Saliya Life Institute are

  • Authenticity, Integrity, Humility, Trust, Truth, Harmony, Clarity, Simplicity, Tolerance, Knowledge, Compassion.
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The applicants must have the ability to assimilate knowledge and be ready to teach what has been learned by the end of the program.
This program will be intense with a perfect balance of academic knowledge and experiential learning, with the experiential component being of utmost importance.

Claiming peaceful embodiment through daily yoga-Pilates, breathing, self-knowledge and meditation.

Experience and learn the Art of Facilitation as a yoga teacher.

Experience and learn the benefits of art therapy, finding your creative voice and how to use this as a healing modality for yourself and clients.

Experience and learn about the Art of Touch and self-healing mechanisms of the body through massage.

Complete an internationally recognised Emergency First Response training

Daily wholesome breakfast and lunch

An exceptional experience like no other


Our curriculum is designed on integrative health and wellness.
How to live a balanced life combining the best of yoga,Pilates, self-knowledge, Meditation and western healthcare.

This program focuses on understanding mental health and behavioural health challenges with a bottom-up approach.

Learn how to support people healing from and coping through grief, loss, PTSD, trauma, toxic stress, addictive tendencies, substance abuse, burnout, compassion fatigue, ADD, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder and the various co-occurring disorders and dis-ease.

Learn how practises of self-care including self-awareness, self-regulation, self-nurture, emotional intelligence, gentle therapeutic yoga and Pilates, meditation, massage and art therapy provide harm reduction tools cultivating self-compassion and Personal Insight.

How trauma is held in the body

Understanding the importance and need for Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Understanding the effects of toxic stress and trauma on a human

Suitable trauma-sensitive asana (poses), Pilates exercises and the correlating anatomy

Regulating the nervous system

Mindfulness and Meditation appropriate for trauma-sensitive yoga

Intuitive Art Therapy and the creativity as a healing modality

A general introduction of Ayurveda as sister science to yoga

The importance of Self-Awareness; Self-regulation; Self-understanding and how to develop intrapersonal rhythms

Understanding personal triggers and how to respond

Learn, understand and experience a client-centered approach supportive of making choices and building new healthy connections

Working with children

Building rapport & working with the general public

Asian Wisdom, Philosophy and approaches to Life

Alignment & Adjustments as this relates to trauma

Teaching Practice & Practicums

Yoga Ethics & Business

One to One session with Colleen


Be ready to work with the general public and vulnerable people such as refugees, addicts, victims of domestic violence, vulnerable children, etc.

Be fully confident and competent to teach a 60 minute trauma-sensitive yoga-Pilates group class; a trauma-sensitive yoga-Pilates private class and lead a 60 minute workshop.

Receive a comprehensive resources list to support further personal development

Understand your scope of practise and role as a yoga teacher and facilitator

Be part of a supportive community and make lifetime connections through this hugely transformative experience.

Have ongoing access to your mentors after this training is over to support your continued learning and social contribution.

The applicants must have the ability to assimilate knowledge and be ready to teach what has been learned by the end of the program.

This program will be intense with a perfect balance of academic knowledge and a solid foundation of experiential learning.

Weekly excursions will form part of our intuitive art therapy inspiration. This will form part of your self-care, rest and relaxation to support you and will therefore not be mandatory..

Lead instructor is

Colleen Hollett

Read more on her here :

Veranda Phangan.
An idyllic beachfront integrative health and wellness villa in Chalokum.
The first and only yoga school in the traditional village of Chaloklum
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We support freedom of choice therefore we prefer you to choose your own accommodation according to your personal needs.
This is not included in this package but can easily be booked through VerandaPhangan

Wholesome breakfast and lunch.
A beachfront cafe’ is on the premises for additional orders

Spa treatments
Access to a daily herbal sauna is included in this package
Personalised treatments will be available after the course

30 days full trauma-sensitive yoga program

A wholesome breakfast and lunch 6 days a week

1 weekly group check-in session for all students

1 personal consultation should you need additional support

Access to a daily herbal sauna on the premises

What’s not included?

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