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/marginalized communities my work is focused on:

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.

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, the consulting services are focused on building caregiver resiliency and implementing trauma-informed care programming. Through conversations that break the stigma around mental health we will address secondary trauma, resilience building and train team members in embodied healing practices.

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 psychologist, social justice advocate, trauma-informed yoga teacher and trauma survivor. This project is a manifestation of the intersection of these identities paired with my experience of working through personal trauma. I have 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 others, the stronger the pull to take my practice into the world and hold spaces for 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 other women , particularly survivors of trauma. I have discovered something sacred and transformative when women come together in circle and share their wisdom and stories of resilience. I am ready to embrace this nomadic adventure and look forward to sharing a candid account of my experiences and knowledge gained through this website via my blog, interviews and onsite photography.