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Already know the basics of yoga for trauma and want to go deeper?

This training is for you.


This is the first of a series of Level 2 training options for those looking to dive deeper into the field of yoga service.  The Advanced Yoga Service Training is a 14-hour weekend training led by Street Yoga’s Founder, Mark Lilly.   This training is specifically tailored for those who have completed Street Yoga’s Trauma-Informed Yoga Training or have been active in the field of yoga service for more than one year.

The curriculum emphasizes the importance of a personal practice, including self-care and nurturing good community. This training picks up where the Trauma-Informed Yoga Training left off; we take a more in-depth look at the effects of mindfulness and yoga practices on overcoming trauma, and how they help clients build capacity to create resilient, meaningful lives for themselves and their families.

*Two more Level 2 trainings are in development.  The first is meant for individuals with a yoga background, who are interested in learning more about how the effects of trauma on the brain, youth development, a deeper dive into teaching yoga for vulnerable groups, and more!   The second Level 2, will be tailored for youth workers, medical professionals, educators, and mental health practitioners to bolster their yoga, pranayama and mindfulness tool belts.



Each day of training includes learning by doing, seeing, and listening through the following:

  • Yoga practice
  • Breathing exercises & meditation
  • Sample scenarios and group problem-solving
  • Short lecture-style sessions with Q & A
  • Break-out small group sessions
  • Role playing and skills practice
  • Student teaching and feedback opportunities 

Street Yoga recognizes the extremely diverse ways in which people practice and teach their yoga.  Just as we see the unique traits that make each youth different, we also recognize that each trainee has a distinct relationship with yoga and his or her own individual preferences and beliefs about how to practice.  Because of this, Street Yoga does not promote a single methodology for bringing yoga to youth and does not supply trainees with ready-made lists of postures or sequences. Instead, we encourage our trainees to explore how to teach what they already know in a heartfelt and authentic way that will help them engage in yoga service.



We strive for all training participants to increase their emotional, cognitive and physical sense of well-being, mental clarity and resilience, so that they can help affect the increase of these same qualities in their clients.  The training will offer tools for the development of practices to decrease professional stress and secondary trauma that are low-risk and are not time intensive.

Training participants gain:

  • Tools for on-the-ground application of yoga service
  • Understanding of how to build resilience for you and your clients
  • Insight into trauma in the context of yoga service
  • Tools for decreasing risk and mitigating affects of secondary trauma
  • Skills for developing a personal mindfulness portfolio
  • Best practices for client-led evaluation



This training is for people active in yoga service.  It is intended for those who have successfully completed Street Yoga’s  Trauma-Informed Yoga  Training or who have been using yoga and mindfulness in their work with individuals facing adversity for more than one year.

Street Yoga defines “Yoga Service” as the use of yoga, breath and mindfulness practices to support the empowerment of underserved and vulnerable communities.



Street Yoga Founder and Lead Trainer, Mark Lilly is a mindfulness and communication trainer who has taught workshops all over North America to widely diverse audiences including physicians, nurses, social workers, police officers, therapists, mental health workers and countless others. Mark is the founder and Board President of Street Yoga, an internationally recognized non-profit which provides yoga and mindfulness classes to at-risk populations in Portland and Seattle.

Mark has extensive expertise in community- as well as hospital-based mindfulness practices, and is initiating Mindful Communication workshops for physicians, along with similar trainings for nurses and social workers. In addition to ongoing work with Street Yoga, he has developed the practice of Body-Mind Rehab Therapy, which he currently offers to pediatric inpatients recovering from significant illness or injury, at Portland’s Emanuel Hospital. He is also co-creator of the Mindful Parents & Caregiver program which serves social workers and their client families with practical, everyday mindfulness.

Mark has developed many specialized mindfulness curricula in addition to the core and advanced Street Yoga trainings, including specialized work for young people recovering from sexual abuse, and workshops for adults moving through entrenched traumas or grappling with high-intensity communication situations.

For Mark, yoga is an everyday survival skill, a practice he has shared with thousands of youth through Street Yoga. He still lives with the tremors of traumas past and realizes the delicate line between suffering and awakening. His teaching emphasizes cultivation of the best within each of us by using the authentic stories and experiences that illuminate our being and drive our teaching to places of deep truthfulness.

Mark has developed the core and advanced Street Yoga trainings as well a yoga curricula used for specialized work with young patients recovering from illness or injury in the hospital, for young people recovering from sexual abuse, and workshops for adults moving through entrenched traumas or grappling with high-intensity communication situations.

Through it all, he brings a lightness and love to his teaching that is rooted in humility, grace and joy.


*There are no NASW CEU’s available for this training at this time.

**If you have any questions, please see our FAQ’s page.



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