Integrating Trauma-Informed Yoga into Clinical Settings: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals and Yoga Instructors

How to integrate trauma-informed yoga tools into clinical practice and build effective collaborations between yoga teachers and mental health professionals

This presentation will prepare you to establish and maintain the collaborative relationship between yoga teachers and mental health professionals and bring yoga into the psychotherapeutic environment in the following ways:

  • Gain a better understanding of Mental Health Professionals
  • Understand benefits of creating partnerships for the best outcome for clients
  • Learn strategies to collaborate with Mental Health Professionals
  • Create your unique elevator speech & introduction letter
  • Feel empowered in your skill set
  • Learn techniques appealing to Mental Health Professionals
  • Assess ways Mental Health Professionals might bring yoga into therapy
  • Practice yogic techniques that Mental Health Professionals might integrate into therapy

Your Instructor

Jody Barnes and Linda Crossley
Jody Barnes and Linda Crossley

Jody Barnes


I’m Jody Barnes, a Holistic Psychotherapist and Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher but you might also call me a Beacon, Heart-Connection Aficionado, EmPOWERess or a Self-Sabotage Slayer.


I HELP PEOPLE who want to feel better, step into their personal power, express their truth and RE-CONNECT with the joy and passion available to them in this AMAZING life. I help women, children, teens, and families who feel disconnected & unable to move beyond the pain find a reservoir of strengths, inner wisdom and connection. I LEAD PEOPLE in establishing safety, love and acceptance for themselves and embrace their healing journey. I LISTEN compassionately to YOUR NEEDS and HOLD A SACRED SPACE for us to explore how best to move forward.


I earned my Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore and a Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) degree from Hood College. I am a Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher trained by Zabie Yamasaki, founder of Transcending Sexual Violence through Yoga. Additionally, I am certified in mini yogis yoga for kids. I’m a graduate of Cloud Nine Yoga School and a RYT-200. I have dedicated my career to working with people to feel better and gain mastery. I have worked over 12 years with children, adolescents and adults struggling with a history of sexual abuse/assault, PTSD, mood disturbances, poor self-esteem and negative coping strategies. I have worked at a domestic violence/sexual assault agency, residential treatment facilities, post-adoption agency and private practice. Believing that things will get better is never enough; I know that the power to heal is an inside job. JOB? Yes, that’s right, J-O-B, the hardest yet best paying job EVER! YOU CAN DO IT!!!

I provide individual and group therapy, trauma-informed yoga classes, kid and family yoga, healing circles and workshops in Orange and Los Angeles Counties. I VALUE YOUR AUTHENTIC, MESSY & COURAGEOUS SELF. I believe you have unique gifts that the world needs and I would love to witness your profound TRANSFORMATION. I’m a Wife, Mother, Yogi, Survivor and Artist-want-to-be so I know life can get really messy too.

Linda Crossley

Linda Crossley, MBA, MA, LMFT, E-RYT® 500 is the founder of Sanctuary for Compassion and Connection, a holistic private practice serving Orange County, CA. Linda graduated from Alliant International University with a Master’s degree in Couples and Family Therapy after a career in supporting numerous health care providers in various leadership roles. Her approach to healing takes a systemic, relational view and integrates research-based meditative, psychotherapeutic, and trauma-informed yogic techniques to facilitate transformation and well-being. Linda is licensed as a marriage and family therapist, certified as a trauma-informed yoga teacher, and registered with Yoga Alliance as an experienced certified yoga teacher. Linda is also a Senior Yoga Teacher Trainer with the Huntington Beach-Irvine School of Cloud Nine Yoga, a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance since 2002. In addition to guiding weekly public group yoga classes, she teaches a 200-hour In-depth Yoga Study and Basic Teacher Certification program once a year for those interested in integrating the various yogic practices for their own personal self-care and/or to offer such tools to others whether through teaching yoga classes or assisting clients with additional self-care tools. Linda is a published author and professional speaker who will be co-presenting with Jody Barnes, LCSW, RYT® 200 and Zabie Yamasaki, M.Ed., RYT® on how trauma-informed yoga is a tool available for both clients and mental health professionals at CAMFT’s 54 th Annual Conference in 2018. Her clinical specialties include, but are not limited to, stress-related illnesses and developmental trauma integration. Linda is often described as having a calm presence with an approach that is accepting and supportive. To learn more or sign up to receive her monthly e-mail newsletter offering intention-setting ideas for holistic health, visit www.sanctuary4compassion.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

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