Holle Black is an E-RYT 200 and RYT 500. She has a certification in Yoga Therapy in which she has studied extensively with Yoganand Michael Carroll, Marlysa Sullivan and Stacie Smith. She holds additional certifications in Prenatal yoga and Kids yoga and has also studied with Matthew Sanford, Tias Little and Mark Lilly.
She has a strong interest and passion for teaching yoga therapeutically and in underserved populations, especially in the trauma population. This has led her to being involved in a research group between Emory University and the Atlanta VA. She is part of an ongoing study and has led 2 pilot groups and 2 research groups studying the medical benefits of yoga on women with PTSD from sexual trauma while in the military. As part of this project she has received individual training with David Emerson at the trauma center as well as ongoing mentoring with him.
Her love of teaching yoga and seeing the benefit of yoga for both underserved and the trauma population has also led her to co-develop and co-direct Centering Youth. A nonprofit organization whose mission it is to bring Yoga and Mindfulness to people in the juvenile or adult criminal justice system, those who have been sexually exploited, abused or are homeless and others who have not had the opportunity to experience the benefits of Yoga and Mindfulness. You can learn more about this organization at www.centeringyouth.com.
As part of this organization, Holle creates the class guidelines and protocols for integrating yoga into juvenile court and detention centers in Atlanta as well as overseeing and mentoring the teachers for these programs. She has received 2 awards of recognition for her work from these organizations. They are currently running programs through 2 juvenile detention centers and 2 juvenile courts.
Teaching yoga teachers and therapists in how to teach trauma informed yoga has brought her the opportunity to teach at Emory University in the physical therapy department, she had created a module on trauma for a 500 hour yoga therapy training which is being taught across the country. She is currently developing a certificate in trauma informed yoga for Centering Youth. As part of the Center for Integrative Yoga Studies she teaches a trauma module as well as the Yoga Way: Towards Psychological Health and Well-being which explores the yogic and western views of the mind and how yoga can be used for mental health and transformation.
Her other current and past classes have included teaching in a battered womens shelter, homeless youth, women who have been sexually exploited and schizophrenia.