10-hour training on trauma informed yoga with Imogen & Julia

November 1 - 3, 2018

The OMPowerment Project’s mission is to empower refugees and displaced people around the world to lead themselves and members of their communities in the practice of trauma informed yoga. OMPowerment Project has developed a week-long OMPowered Leadership Training program to equip displaced people with the skills to create a safe space in their communities through this healing practice.


To foster greater sustainability of our work, we rely on a vast network of volunteers who believe in our mission and are passionate about supporting it.  Due to the sensitive nature of working with trauma, we require all volunteers to complete a facilitator training prior to joining us on site for an OMPowered Leadership Training with displaced people. 

This OMPowered facilitator training at Yangon Yoga House is for experienced yoga practitioners and yoga teachers who are interested in participating in the future delivery of OMPowered Leadership Training programs here in Myanmar or other countries

The following topics will be covered during the training:


  • Introduction to The OMPowerment Project

  • Overview of Trauma

    • What happens physically and emotionally when traumatic events are unresolved

  • Trauma Informed Yoga

    • The benefits of yoga for trauma relief and modifications/considerations for a trauma informed practice

  • Overview of the OMPowered Leadership Training for refugees

    • Including structure, thematic progression, day plan, and final exercises

  • Leading a Training

    • Including creating safe space, practicing self-care, trauma-informed language, and managing emotion/facilitating self-regulation

  • The OMPowerment Project’s Facilitator Certification Process

On the last day, we will take the training “off the mat” and facilitate a workshop for 20 teenagers at Yadanar Foster Home. All trainees will participate in some way. Following the workshop, we will review the process and close with final thoughts, questions, comments, concerns, and discussion.

Training Schedule:

Thursday 1st November

7.15pm - 9.15pm at Yangon Yoga House

Friday 2nd November

6 - 9pm at Yangon Yoga House

Saturday 3rd November

10 - 12pm at Yadanar Foster Home

3 - 6pm at Yangon Yoga House

Registration & Inquiries


If you have any questions about this training, please contact 

Course Fees are on a Sliding Scale:

$77*   | Community Rate (discounted scholarship)

$150  | Sustainer Rate (pays for you)

$225  | Supporter Rate (support others as well as yourself)

*we recognize there are folks whose economic situation may not make it feasible to attend this training at full cost (sustainer rate). In order to qualify for the scholarship, you will be asked to complete a short questionnaire stating your intentions for joining the training.

*** 100% of your course fee will be donated straight into the fundraising to run the project here in Myanmar in November ***

About our Fees

At OMPowerment, we stand for leveraging our privilege to support others.  If you can afford to, please consider paying it forward by paying any amount above $150. This allows us to continue scaling the prices of our trainings so that everyone is included. We are committed to cultivating a diversity of voices and life experiences in our trainings and making them accessible to people of all income levels.

About Julia & Imogen



Julia has spent much of her life volunteering with and working in support of various charities and non-profits throughout the world. She regularly manages large-scale research projects to identify program needs, monitor outreach, and evaluate programming successes against baseline indicators. In the middle of her Yoga Teacher Training she began contemplating ways to bring her two passions - social activism/non-profit support and yoga - together. In 2016 she volunteered in a refugee camp in Greece. As a volunteer she was asked to teach yoga to women and children. The influence of this experience led to the creation of The OMPowerment Project, combining her skills, experience and drive to make a difference.


Originally from London, Imogen now lives in Yangon, Myanmar, teaching and leading retreats across Europe and South East Asia. She trained with Katy Appleton, Judith Hanson Lasater, Tiffany Cruikshank and most recently with “Off the Mat and into the World” which added to her skills by enabling her to teach trauma-informed yoga.  After visiting Myanmar as a tourist in 2015, Imogen moved to Myanmar in 2017 to set up a not-for-profit to help women through trauma by using yoga for self-regulation.  

Imogen believes yoga is the key to balance in life both on and off the mat. Through her teaching she hopes to encourage possibility, self-awareness and self-nourishment. Imogen fiercely believes that yoga is for everyone, that it is a vital tradition that transcends all race and religion, fundamental in all of our lives more so now than ever before. Imogen teaches in a safe house for girls and women in Yangon, holding space for them to let go of what else is going on in their days.  She has seen how yoga has helped them find calmness and discover more stability in their bodies. Through yoga, Imogen helps people fulfill their potential, arming them with the knowledge to begin again, to begin something new and to grow.  Imogen believes the whole yoga community could come together and provide the tools for positive change to build resilience in communities. As Imogen puts it, “the spirit needs to give - if you have something to give - something to contribute beyond yourself - you must grow”.