The Alchemy of Trauma

The Alchemy of Trauma offers an embodied approach to healing that gently weaves elements of the mind and body, nurturing resilience as we awaken our inner light.
— Sanaz Yaghmai, Psy.D, RYT


The first chapter of The Alchemy of Trauma is dedicated to my journey across the globe fostering connection, healing and empowerment with women survivors of trauma and humanitarian aid workers in the field. This project has come to life through a culmination of a self-healing journey paired with an extensive career in psychological services. Currently focused on trauma-informed care in vulnerable and marginalized communities my work is focused on coaching humanitarian aid workers, yoga healing circles in refugee communities and consulting services for NGO’s.

Yoga Healing Practices in Refugee communities:
In collaboration with a U.S. based non-profit known as the Yoga To Transform Trauma foundation, I hold trauma-informed yoga practice in refugee communities. Combining traditional yoga practices with the psychology and neurobiology of trauma we deepen our awareness into the spaces that bridge the mind and body. Through conversations around healing and wellness, we deconstruct old stories that leave us feeling helpless and disconnected and creating space for cognitive shifts rooted in empowered choice, self-compassion, and contentedness. We engage in yoga practices both on and off the mat, from self-inquiry and self-compassion to breathwork and asana.

Organizational Consulting:
When we strengthen our emotional awareness we have greater capacity to safely hold and express our inner workings while honoring others’.
Centered around care for the caregivers who serve vulnerable populations, my consulting services are focused on NGO working with vulnerable populations; building caregiver resilience and implementing trauma-informed care programming within the team structure. Through conversations that break the stigma around mental health we will address compassion fatigue and secondary trauma.

The transmutation of darkness into light, helplessness into agency, and suffering into liberation.
— The Alchemy of Trauma


I am a minority, an immigrant and a woman of color living in the United States. I am also a social justice advocate, yoga teacher, trauma survivor and former therapist. This project is a manifestation of the intersection of these identities paired with my experience of navigating my healing journey. I’ve dedicated the last two years to personal growth and mind-body healing. The deeper I delve into yoga for healing and learn about its ethical foundations toward the self and other, the stronger the pull to take my practice into the world and hold spaces for resilience building through self-inquiry, asana and community strengthening.

I have personally flourished from the support of a strong women by my side and feel called to pay it forward by holding spaces for womxn , particularly survivors of trauma (direct or secondary). I have discovered something sacred and transformative when womxn gather, connect and practice vulnerability as they share stories of resilience. I am ready to embrace this nomadic adventure and look forward to sharing a candid account of my experiences through my online platform.