When it comes to trauma, mindfulness practice is a double-edged sword. 

Are you equipped to keep trauma survivors safe and actively support their path to healing?

If you’re reading this, you likely know how powerful mindfulness can be. 

You may have experienced the many benefits of practice, such as increased mental clarity, enhanced emotional regulation, and a greater sense of self-awareness.

Because of this, you may be offering mindfulness practices to others—as a meditation or yoga teacher, for instance, or a therapist, coach, or religious or classroom teacher. Inspired by what mindfulness can offer, you’ve taken on the responsibility of guiding people through practices that can significantly improve the quality of their lives.

But are you aware of the challenges people struggling with trauma can face when practicing mindfulness?

Unbeknownst to many of us, mindfulness practices exacerbate trauma symptoms. By asking someone to pay close, sustained attention to their inner world, survivors can experience flashbacks, dissociation and even retraumatization. 

Without intending it, we can lead people directly into the heart of a wound that requires more than bare, mindful attention to heal.

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The Truth About Mindfulness and Trauma

Discover the Risks Mindfulness Practice Holds For the Trauma Survivors So You Can Keep Your Students and Clients Safe

At the same time, mindfulness can be invaluable for trauma survivors. It can increase body awareness, one’s capacity for attention, and emotional regulation—all essential aspects of trauma recovery. 

So what can you do?

How can you minimize the potential liabilities of mindfulness practice for trauma survivors while leveraging these powerful benefits?

The answer lies in developing specific skills around trauma. 

Beyond learning how to prevent harm in mindfulness practice, you can acquire practical skills to help people increase their capacity for self-regulation and support their healing journey.

These skills include:

  • Mindful self-compassion practices to heal trauma-relevant shame;
  • Embodiment practices to create safety and self-trust;
  • Advanced, trauma-sensitive body-scan modifications to support agency;
  • Mindful resilience practices that enhance self-regulation.

These aren’t substitutes for mindfulness, but supplements. Paired with mindfulness meditation instruction, these practices can increase people’s ability to self-regulate, widen their window of tolerance, and ultimately support their trauma recovery. 

But why are these practices necessary? 

Why, for some trauma survivors, is basic mindfulness meditation not enough?

Discover the Benefits of Supplementing Mindfulness Practice with Specific Trauma-Healing Skills to Actively Support Your Students and Clients

To best support your students and clients who are struggling with trauma, understanding the answer to these questions is key.  

That’s why author and educator David Treleaven, PhD, has created The Truth About Mindfulness and Trauma—a live, no-charge, online event happening on Wednesday, February 12th at 5pm PT / 8pm ET.

This event is designed to support mindfulness providers like you to become aware of the inherent risks of practice for trauma survivors—and, even more importantly, to consider the importance of acquiring specific, supplemental practices to support trauma recovery. 

During this 75-minute event, David will reveal:

  • Common mistakes mindfulness teachers make when offering practices to students and clients;

  • How to identify “at risk” students and clients who are struggling with traumatic stress;

  • The reason trauma survivors often require supplemental practices to support their trauma recovery;

  • A foundational practice you and your students can adopt to continually assess safety, regulation, and what’s needed in a given moment.

Join David has he illuminates the risks and rewards trauma-survivors can experience in mindfulness practice so you’re prepared to identify trauma, respond skillfully and guide people on a path towards healing.

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Praise for David’s work in Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness

“An essential “upgrade” for anyone who thinks of her or himself as a mindfulness teacher, or is in training to become one.”

Founder of MBSR and author of Full Catastrophe Living


“David is an incredible and thoughtful trainer, human, and ally. He is approachable, genuine, articulate, and nuanced in his lens of intersectional and trauma-informed practices at their intersection with mindfulness.”

Creator of Transcending Sexual Trauma through Yoga and Program Director of Trauma-Informed Yoga Programs at UCLA

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“Essential and fascinating reading for meditation teachers, mental health practitioners and all those who have suffered from trauma and want to engage on a meditative path in a wise and healing way.”

Author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge


About David Treleaven

David Treleaven, PhD, is a writer and educator working at the intersection of mindfulness and trauma. He is the author of the acclaimed new book Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness (W. W. Norton), and founder of the Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness (TSM) Community — a group committed to setting a standard of care within mindfulness-based practices, interventions, and programs.

Through workshops, keynotes, podcasts, and online education, David focuses on offering mindfulness providers with the knowledge and tools they require to meet the needs of those struggling with trauma. He is passionate about connecting his audience with on-the-ground experts, and is closely engaged with current empirical research to inform best practices.

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