Warriors at Ease Level 2 Yoga Teacher Training in Hawaii

November 4, 2017 @ 9:00AM — November 6, 2017 @ 12:00PM

Learn and practice adaptive yoga techniques, trauma-sensitive breathing and meditation practices, guidelines for teaching to students with visible and invisible injuries and much MORE!

Evidenced-Based Yoga and Meditation as Adjunct Therapy for Trauma-Related Health Conditions

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This course includes instruction and practice in:

  • Adaptive Yoga for Traumatic Injury and Invisible Wounds
  • Yoga for Resiliency (Self-Regulation of Nervous System)
  • Self-Care techniques for Yoga Teachers/Therapists

You will have the opportunity to learn:

  • A deeper understanding of military culture and how it may affect a yoga student
  • How to use evidenced-based yoga/meditation/breath work as adjunct therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), amputations, spinal cord injuries, Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and combat-related stress
  • Trauma-sensitive teaching guidelines and precautions for specific populations
  • Yoga asana sequence protocols and modifications for the following military populations:
    • able-bodied service members with & without PTSD
    • older veterans with chronic physical illness and/or PTSD
    • veterans & service members affected by major physical illness, TBI, spinal cord injuries and/or amputations
    • veterans in wheelchairs
  • The neuroscience of PTSD and how the nervous system is impacted by war-related trauma and/or military sexual trauma
  • Breathing and meditation techniques that are most effective in reducing the symptoms of stress and trauma
  • Important Self-Care techniques for teachers dedicated to the health and healing of others


Annie Okerlin, Warriors at Ease Faculty and Founder of the Exalted Warrior Foundation. Annie is the nation's leading expert on adaptive yoga for veterans. She has been teaching yoga for veterans for almost 20 years. She began teaching adaptive yoga at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, DC where she worked with the traumatically injured, including amputees, burn victims, those with orthopedic poly-trauma, traumatic brain injuries, spinal-cord injuries, as well as unseen injuries such as PTSD and moral injury. Annie teaches regularly at the James Haley Veteran's Administration (VA) Hospital in Tampa, FL which is one of the largest Polytrauma Centers in the VA system.

Susan Alden, Executive Director and Faculty of Warriors at Ease. Susan is an U.S. Army veteran and spouse to a retired Army Special Forces soldier (Green Beret). She has been teaching yoga and meditation in the military community since 1997. Susan has worked with active duty service members, veterans and military spouses in a variety of settings and with students who have both visible and invisible wounds. Much of Susan's experience has also included working with Gold Star Family members and particularly with survivors of Military Sexual Trauma (MST).

Cyndi Lee, Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and above-the-knee amputee. Cyndi is a Warriors at Ease student who graciously shares her experiences and knowledge of life as a veteran living with amputation. Her beautiful spirit, authentic sharing, and bold laugh makes this training especially real and fun!

Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Units - 30 hours

Additional Notes:

  • This course will be focused on supporting military and veteran populations, however the skills taught and practiced during this course are applicable to other populations where these health conditions exist.
  • Schedule:
    • 9am-6pm Saturday & Sunday with a break for lunch
    • 8am-12pm on Monday
  • Prerequisites:
    • Must be a 200 hour Certified Yoga Teacher
    • Must have taken Warriors at Ease Level 1 (in-person or on-line)
  • Lodging and travel for off-island participants is not included
  • Scholarships available for injured/wounded veterans and service members, military spouses and caretakers. Click here to apply.

Travel Information:

1. Air Travel - Fly into Honolulu, HI on the island of Oahu. Most all of the major airlines, including international flights, fly into Honolulu as do some of the smaller airlines. You might also check out Alaska or Hawaiian Airlines, two of the smaller airlines which often have great rates, especially from the West Coast of the U.S.

2. Lodging - Most of the training will take place at Bella Kai Yoga, a veteran-owned studio located in Kailua, on the Eastern side of Oahu. The studio is an easy drive from Honolulu or Waikiki where there are LOTS of hotels. There are no hotels in East Oahu. However, you can find lodging via Air B&B or VRBO.com. We recommend searching for vacation rentals in Kailua (or even Waimanalo or Kaneohe) here: https://www.vrbo.com/
Other recommended sites to search for nearby lodging are:



3. Military Lodging - If you are a military ID card holder (or sponsored by someone who is), you can find discount lodging at the following locations. They are listed in general order of proximity to the training site:

1. Marine Corps Base Hawaii http://mccshawaii.com/lodging/

2. Bellows Air Force Station https://www.bellowsafs.com/lodging-rentals

3. Navy Lodge Peal Harbor https://www.navy-lodge.com/lodge_page.html?p_lodge_number=19

4. Fort Shafter Lodging https://www.ihg.com/armyhotels/hotels/us/en/fort-shaforter/mftra/hoteldetail

5. Inn at Schofield Barracks http://www.innatschofield.com/wahiawa-hotel-general-information.php

6. Pililaau Lodging at Pokai Bay http://pililaauarmyrecreationcenter.com/

There will be many fun and meaningful Veteran's Day activities happening on island through November 12th, to include some Warriors at Ease events. You might consider extending your stay and enjoying the robust military and veteran community of Hawaii, the historic military sites, and of course, the world-class beaches, phenomenal mountain hikes, and culture of the island.

Learn more about Warriors at Ease by clicking here.

Event Location

Bella Kai Yoga
46 Hoolai Street
Kailua, HI 96734

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