#56: Transcending Sexual Trauma through Yoga with Zabie Yamasaki Sun and Moon Sober Living May 12, 2023

#56: Transcending Sexual Trauma through Yoga with Zabie Yamasaki


Zabie Yamasaki, M.Ed., RYT (she/her) is the Founder of Transcending Sexual Trauma through Yoga which is an organization that offers trauma-informed yoga to survivors, consultation for universities and trauma agencies, and training for healing professionals. Zabie has trained thousands of yoga instructors and mental health professionals and her trauma-informed yoga program and curriculum is now being implemented at over 30 college campuses and trauma agencies including the University of California (UC) system, Stanford, Yale, USC, University of Notre Dame, and Johns Hopkins University.

In this episode, we explore:

  • What is trauma?
  • How sexual trauma impacts an individual
  • Why we need a somatic approach to healing
  • How trauma-informed yoga supports survivors of sexual trauma
  • The importance of trauma-informed training for yoga teachers
  • The challenges Zabie has overcome to offer her work
  • Tools & resources for survivors

Zabie received her undergraduate in Psychology and Social Behavior and Education at UC Irvine and completed her graduate degree in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs at The George Washington University. Her work has been highlighted on CNN, NBC, KTLA 5, and The Huffington Post.

Zabie is widely recognized for her intentionality, soulful activism, and passionate dedication to her field. She is a trauma-informed yoga instructor, resilience and well-being educator, and a sought after consultant and keynote speaker. She has worked with thousands of survivors to support them in their healing journey, ground them in their own worthiness and remind them they are inherently whole. Zabie centers survivors in her work, and provides them with tools to help uncover trauma imprints, support the healing process, create balance of the nervous system, and lessen the grip that past experiences of trauma may have on the heart.

She is a survivor, mother, partner, daughter, sister, friend, and activist. She has received countless awards in victim services and leadership, including the Visionary in Victim Services award from one of the largest rape crisis centers in California and the Voice of Courage Award from Exhale to Inhale. She is the author of the book and affirmation deck published by Norton: Trauma-Informed Yoga for Survivors of Sexual Assault: Practices for Healing and Teaching with Compassion.

To learn more about Zabie’s work you can visit:

Website: zabieyamasaki.com
Instagram:  @transcending_trauma_with_yoga
Facebook: Transcending Sexual Trauma through Yoga 

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