Trauma Sensitive
YogaFaith Teacher Training

Fulfill your God calling

June 4 – 7, 2023 | Perrysville, OH

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Trauma Sensitive YogaFaith Training
Perrysville, OH

Welcome to Pleasant Hill Lake! This Lake Front Property with first class amenities
is the perfect location for a Trauma Sensitive YogaFaith Training.

What Is Virtual Immersion?

What’s Included?

  • In depth and comprehensive Christ-centered training, all things Jesus and all things yoga.
  • Trauma Sensitive yoga in-person immersion all sessions.
  • TSYF online modules 1 and 2.
  • Accountability partners to journey with.
  • Registered Trauma Sensitive YogaFaith certification, R-TSYF.
  • Learn many causes and types of trauma plus deep dive into numerous healing therapies with a focus on YogaFaith Nidra.
  • Upon completion about to register with the Christian Yoga Association and/or use any of the 100 hours as Continued Education Credits (CEC’s).
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Become Part Of Our Global Community

  • Meet like-minded people.
  • Engage with a community of believers committed to your success.
  • Find support through accountability partners to journey with.
  • Bring trauma informed healing to your local community
  • Become a Registered Trauma Sensitive YogaFaith Trainer (R-TSYF).
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Meet Your Hosts

Called the Yoga Pastor, Michelle Thielen, R-CYAMT, is a speaker, author of Stretching Your Faith and traveling yogi who has been teaching somatic movement through dance and yoga for over 20 years. A student of Peter Levine’s Somatic Experience (SE), and Eric Walrabenstein’s therapy for psychological wounds, Michelle is passionate about helping the world heal from trauma to live a life of purpose.

As a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapist and meditation expert, Michelle has been instrumental in aiding with the restoration of those who suffer from trauma, intense anxiety or depression into healing and freedom. She travels around the world aiding in the rescue efforts of human traffick victims as well as raising awareness about the epidemic. She holds certifications with the American Council of Exercise, is a Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists and founded the Christian Yoga Association in 2018, to build a bridge between faith-based yoga practitioners and educators.

She has 3 200-hour Certifications, 3 500-hour Certifications, Certified in Yoga Therapy with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and a Minister through Christian Global Outreach Ministries. Michelle has been the lead trainer of almost 200 Teacher Trainings.

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Jody Thomae is an author, worship leader, and teacher of embodied prayer and creative worship. She has been involved in worship arts ministries since 1997 and is the author of “God’s Creative Gift” and the forthcoming book, “The Creator’s Healing Power.” Her passion is for the revelation of God to be made real through the prophetic and creative portrayal of the message of Christ’s unfailing love, in order to help sustain the hearts of the broken and weary.

She is particularly interested in how God uses creativity and embodied movement (including yoga) in the formative and healing process. She is a graduate of Ashland Theological Seminary. She has taught yoga for over 15 years and leads a gently challenging Vinyasa flow (or slow, energizing flow) yoga class that is ROOTED (grounded in form, alignment, intention) and REACHING (stretching towards personal goals, dreams, destiny). [email protected]

Amy resides just outside of Perrysville, OH with her husband and three children. Yoga has been in and our of her life for nearly 20 years. In 2010, the Lord brought yoga to the forefront of Amy’s life and that is when she began to embrace it as a form of personal worship. When she found YogaFaith, Amy knew this ministry was a divine match to her hearts longing to be an ambassador for Christ to people in need of healing. In 2017, she completed her teacher training with YogaFaith (R-YFT) and is also a certified restorative yoga instructor(R-R). These faithful steps are leading her to others to find wholeness and oneness with Christ.

In her teaching, Amy focuses on healing the body and spirit though body work, primarily though a gently flow, restorative practice, and trauma informed yoga to compliment talk therapy. These modalities have forever shaped her testimony and personal ministry to help others on a path of natural healing the way Christ intended. Amy is passionate about taking Jesus out into the world through yoga so others can find restoration in mind, body, spirit and soul.

Michelle’s aim is to teach people how to feel better in their bodies, heal from trauma, and accept God’s overwhelming goodness and grace. She helps her students to acknowledge and correct poor alignment; use the breath to calm the nervous system; and stretch and strengthen the body and mind. She desires for each student to find success in their yoga practice, regardless of their skill level, abilities, or age.

Yoga strengthens Michelle’s relationships with God, family, and herself. She began practicing to connect with myself in a positive way and gain balance after enduring 5 concussions and traumatic relationships. Although she still occasionally battles with anxiety and depression, she uses yoga to develop good habits to recuperate much faster and have a healthier outlook of life overall.

Michelle recognizes she’s a work in progress and the path Jesus placed her on will take a lifetime to complete. She chooses to approach it one breath at a time.

Christa Kalisz joins us throughout training and teaches specifically on adapting TSY/TSYF for schools and children.
Christa has been teaching yoga for 13 years and teaching as an intervention specialist for K-2 for five years. She started teaching stretching and movement with a yoga basis about four years ago. In her classes, she focuses on breath and noticing how the students are feeling in their bodies. She also teaches yoga for families at a local faith-based community center.
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Required Reading

Trail Guide to the Body

5th Edition by Andrew Biel
Only need Spiral – see HERE

The Holy Bible

The Bible in Contemporary Language. We use the message often

The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader’s Day

John C. Maxwell: Revitalize Your Spirit and Empower Your Leadership

TSYF at Pleasant Hill Lake

June 4th – 7th | 4166 Covert Road | Perrysville, OH

A beautiful setting to learn to help others from traumas through YogaFaith and also find personal healing.

In Trauma Sensitive YogaFaith training at Pleasant Hill Lake, you’ll have time to learn, practice, and also simply enjoy God’s presence in nature.

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General Schedule

Mandatory Group Call

Wednesday, May 24th 2023 | 7pm EST, 4pm PST

Immersion check-in begins 6/4/23 at 12:00 pm. Training begins at 2pm EST.

Graduation and training concludes at 3 pm on 6/7/23.

Please schedule return flights after 6pm on June 7th or morning of June 8th.

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Additional Information

  • Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Counselors
  • Educators
  • Marriage and/or Family Therapists
  • Pastoral Counselors and Clergy
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Therapists
  • First Responders
  • Survivors of Complex Trauma
  • Yoga Instructors
  • First Responders
  • Military Personal
  • Detention or Incarcerated Employees
  • Registered Trauma Sensitive YogaFaith Certification, R-TSYF
  • All Training Sessions over 4 days, 3 nights
  • Lunch is provided each day
  • Continued Educations Credits Provided, 100 hours comprised of 50 contact and 50 non contact
  • TSYF Online Module One and Two

TSYF, Trauma Sensitive YogaFaith, includes reading, online webinars, and soul work for your own TSYF Student/Patient Practice.

Explore every type of trauma and learn how TSYF is used as therapy and treatment for complex, developmental trauma or chronic PTSD. This training includes 2 TSYF online Modules that focus on complex trauma, sex trafficking victims, refugee families, domestic abuse, military, children and therapy.

  • Required Textbooks [see below]
  • Transportation to and from airport
  • Lodging
  • Dinners for 3 nights

*all locations fill quickly in summer! Make your reservations ASAP:

Raylin Farmhouse (Closest)
3 BR/2.5 bath. A 2-minute drive from the
training location. As close as you can get.

Miriam’s House (Next Closest)
Contact Miriam 419-357-0546
3 BR/1.5 bath. Private home rental within 5
minutes. Affordable, great views & close!

Blackfork Marken Inn B&B
Loudonville, OH, 12 min drive
Wonderful host + breakfast!!

Mohican Lodge & Conference Center
Fridge & coffee maker in every room. 12
minute drive from training site.

Pleasant Hill Lake Park Deluxe Log Cabins
These book up way in advance. Brand new.
Close to training site.

There are lots of house rentals in this area through AirBnb & VRBO.

These rentals are nearby the training location:
from training site:
The Round House
Treetop Cottage
Cabin/Mohican Private Getaway
Valley View Cottage

When checking Airbnb and VRBO for more options, we recommend downtown Loudonville, Ohio. They have lots of options and close to food/shops/grocer.

Three airports are equidistant (about 75 minutes) from our training site near Perrysville, Oh:

Cleveland (CLE), Columbus (CMH) and Akron Canton (CAK).

Training location: Rooted & Reaching Lakeside Studio, 4166 Covert Rd, Perrysville, Ohio.

Transportation (Livery):
You are traveling to a rural/recreational area and there isn’t Uber here. Arrange to share gas/car rental expenses with other participants.

These services will get you to our area from the airport:

  • Buckeye Livery 419-747-1976
  • Foundation Transportation 216-574-9075 or 216-571-9270
  • Lyft is a better option than Uber.

Mandatory Group Call

Wednesday, May 24, 2023 | 7pm EST, 4pm PST

TSYF Immersion begins 6/4/23 at 2pm, check-in at 12:30pm.

Graduation and training concludes at 3 pm on 6/7/23.

Please schedule return flights after 6pm on 6/7 or you are welcome to fly out the morning of the 8th.


Students may also begin online Modules after TSYF Immersion but all Soul Work assignments and online modules must be completed to receive certification.

Immersion days are a combination of lecture and asana. Asana is not required, being present is.

Next Steps

Step 1

Complete your application

Fill out the Application Form

Step 2

Chose your payment option

Register and Pay Online

Step 3

Bring a Friend

Save $200

Know a friend who would like to join you at immersion? Refer a friend and you both save $200 off immersion. Email [email protected] with your referral.

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  • The virtual Immersion is $1,999
  • The Learning modules are $1,325 $999

Choose Your Preferred Sign-Up Method:

Pay a deposit to save your spot:


50% Deposit


  • Trauma Sensitive YogaFaith includes sessions 4 days, 3 nights.
  • Includes 2 TSYF online modules
  • In depth Christ-centered and trauma informed training.
  • Receive your Trauma Sensitive YogaFaith Certification R-TSYF.
  • Explore every type of trauma plus treatments through YogaFaith

Pay in full


  • Trauma Sensitive YogaFaith includes sessions 4 days, 3 nights.
  • Includes 2 TSYF online modules
  • In depth Christ-centered and trauma informed training.
  • Receive your Trauma Sensitive YogaFaith Certification R-TSYF.
  • Explore every type of trauma plus treatments through YogaFaith
Pay in 3 payments over 3 months:

3x $1000

Payment Plan

  • Trauma Sensitive YogaFaith includes sessions 4 days, 3 nights.
  • Includes 2 TSYF online modules
  • In depth Christ-centered and trauma informed training.
  • Receive your Trauma Sensitive YogaFaith Certification R-TSYF.
  • Explore every type of trauma plus treatments through YogaFaith

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