Holle Black is a C-IAYT and E-RYT500. She has a certification in Yoga Therapy in which she has studied with Yoganand Michael Carroll and Marlysa Sullivan. She holds additional certification in Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga, having studied extensively with David Emerson at the Trauma Center and is a Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive yoga facilitator.
She has a strong interest and passion for teaching yoga therapeutically and in underserved populations, especially in the trauma population. This 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 two pilot groups and four 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.
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 that brings 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 Centering Youth, 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. Centering Youth most recently received additional funding from the State of Georgia to lead seven weekly yoga at six juvenile detention sites as part of the mental health case load.
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. Educating yoga teachers and therapists on how to teach trauma informed yoga further brought Holle the opportunity to teach at Emory University in the physical therapy department.
In 2017 Holle Trained with Love Your Brain Foundation. LYB support people who have experienced a TBI and their caregivers to participate in a free six-week gentle yoga and meditation series designed based on the science of resilience.
Her other current and past classes have included teaching in a battered women’s shelter, homeless youth, women who have been sexually exploited and schizophrenia.