Welcome to
Dr. Kat Bowie
Forward Movement, LLC


Teaching a student who has endured trauma or chronic stress may be challenging for a yoga teacher. Unfortunately, not everyone is aware of how triggering the practice of yoga is or how the postures, language, and/or touch involved in a yoga class may dramatically impact a student, both in negative and positive ways.

The newest clinical research is validating what Patanjali said thousands of years ago in the Yoga Sutras: YOGA HEALS TRAUMA.

In our growing profession it is imperative that we understand how trauma and chronic stress affect the brain, emotions, interactions, and body. Only by knowledge can we make our classes, not only a safe place, but an even greater place for healing.D

Teaching Yoga for Trauma and Chronic Stress





Join me October 26, 27, & 28 2018 for a weekend of instruction. The workshop has been broken down into 4 sections 

of 3 hour segments, each addressing a separate topic on this subject.

* Each of the 4 sessions is $80 or for the FULL workshop (ALL 4 sessions) the cost is $280 (a $40 savings).

* Each class has been approved by Yoga Alliance for 3 CEU's, totalling 12 CEU's for the entire workshop.

*Classes are limited to 10 participants due to space.

*Full payment of each workshop is necessary for registration due to limited class size. Payment is NON-REFUNDABLE as that space will no longer be available to others.



SESSION I : 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

3 CEU's

* Understanding trauma and chronic stress.

*The importance of Trauma Training for Yoga teachers.

* How is trauma addressed in the Yoga Sutras?

* Pranayama and the Autonomic Nervous System.


Session II  :  9:00 a.m. - NOON

3 CEU's

* Exploring how trauma and chronic stress affects the brain.

* How trauma and chronic stress might manifest in a yoga class.

* Exploring the Polyvagal Theory and Heart-Rate Variability.

* Application of Yoga Sutra asana practice specifically for trauma and chronic stress.

SESSION III  : 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

3 CEU's

* The Language of Safety.

* Choosing postures and styles for 

Trauma Specific Yoga.

* How yoga helps with self-regulating behavior and the ability to tolerate anxiety and uncomfortable feelings.

* Re-connecting with the body through yoga. 



SESSION IV : 9:00 a.m. - NOON

3 CEU's

* Putting it all together. 

* Does all yoga release Samskara (trauma)?

* What do we do if a student becomes triggered in class?

* How do we know if someone has endured trauma or chronic stress?

* Know your limits . Refer to professionals for therapy.


Teaching Yoga for Trauma and Chronic Stress - Full Workshop


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All four (4) sessions. Gives you a $40 savings! 12 CEU's from Yoga Alliance.


Session I - Friday Oct 26th 6-9p.m. (3 CEU's)


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Understanding trauma and chronic stress; trauma in the Yoga Sutras; and, Pranayama and the Autonomic Nervous System.


Session II - Sat. Oct 27th 9a-noon (3 CEU's)


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How trauma and chronic stress affect the brain; how trauma might manifest in a yoga class; the Polyvagal Theory and Heart-Rate Variability; and, specific application of the Yoga Sutra in asana practice for trauma.


Session III - Sat. Oct 27th 1p-4p (3 CEU's)


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The Language of Safety; choosing postures and styles for Trauma Specific Yoga; how yoga helps with self-regulating behavior and the ability to tolerate anxiety and uncomfortable feelings; and, re-connecting with the body through yoga.


Session IV - Sun Oct 28th 9a-noon (3 CEU's)


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Putting it all together; does all yoga release Samskara (trauma); what to do if a student becomes triggered; how do we know if someone has endured trauma and/or chronic stress; and, know your limits as a yoga teacher.

Trauma-Release Yoga Classes

Women's Weekly Wednesday

This is a Yin-Style Yoga Class aimed specifically at breath-work, meditation, and re-connection with one's body for integration, release, and healing of Trauma and Chronic Stress. It is for participants ages 18+, all levels of yoga history, and all levels of flexibility. It is NOT open to those who are pregnant. This class is for WOMEN ONLY. The class is 1 1/2 hours long and is $20 and fee is paid at the studio. As class size is limited, you MUST RSVP for the class (TEXT to 816-812-2364). First time attendees will need to come to class at least 15 minutes early to sign paperwork. This is not a class if you are in active trauma. It is NOT psychotherapy.

Class NOW Available !

Wednesday 3:30-5p.m.

Additional Classes Soon.

Due to the delicate and very sensitive nature of personal trauma, I have chosen to keep classes separated by gender and/or specific events. We will begin having trauma-specific classes next year. These will be aimed at helping those who are First-Responders and Veterans who have endured truamatic events.

Dr. Kat's Trauma Release Yoga Wellness Program

How can Tauma affect me?


So many of us have experienced traumatic events in our lives.   

These hurtful events can mark our everyday lives with disruptions, such as:     

• Sleeping and Eating Disturbances     

• Physical Discomfort     

• Unexplained Weight Loss and Weight Gain     

• Difficulty Making Decisions     

• Difficult Interpersonal Relationships     

• Difficulty Concentrating     

• Constant Anxiety     

• Recurrent Depression     

• Panic Attacks     

• Chronic Stress and Tiredness     

• Feelings of Detachment from Life and Others     

    • Inability to Feel Joy, Peace, and Love     

• Confusion as to Your Direction in Life

"We can choose reality - stay with it, be here, show up, be open, turn toward the sights and the sounds and the thoughts that pass through our minds - or we can choose to turn away. But if we turn away, we can pretty much count on staying stuck in the same old pattern of suffering, never getting closer to experiencing wakefulness, never getting closer to experiencing the sacredness of our existence."

Pema Chodron

What are the Steps to Healing?

Gentle Step-by-Step


The First Step is Education 

Understanding how trauma has affected our brains and bodies is the first step in understanding how to correct these effects. We will explore research and information regarding: 

• How Trauma Affects the Brain Physiology 

• How Yoga Can Create New Neural Pathways in the Brain 

• How Nutrition Impacts the Brain and Body 

• How Meditation and Breathwork Activate Calmness. 

The Second Step is Movement 

The type of yoga that Dr. Kat utilizes in the TRY-Well program ™ is primarily a yin-style yoga. This is a very gentle yoga, utilizing props, quietness, breathwork, and meditation to help you reconnect with your self and your body.  

The Third Step is Breathing 

Breathing in a conscious manner yokes everything together. Paying attention to your breath nourishes your body and your mind. It gently allows you to explore previous anxiety provoking experiences and situations in a calmer manner, 

allowing you to stay in control.

 Breath is Spirit. 

Breath is Life. 

The Fourth Step is Nourishment 

Learning what foods and substances aid healing and calmness, and which foods and substances contribute to anxiety and depression is key to making healthier choices in our life. 

The Fifth Step is Allowing Space for OURSELVES 

As the information is explored, as the body is moved, as we reconnect with a Self we may never have known before, we begin to try on these new patterns of behaviors with others. Continuing the process repeatedly, moving deeper into exploration of our self, and learning to love ALL that we are, is to live a new life. This New Life is filled with different choices, greater possibilities, and increased meaning and peace.


What is Dr. Kat's Trauma Release Yoga Wellness Program?

A One-Of-A-Kind Program


When we experience trauma, it affects the neural pathways of our brains. These changes in our brains can lead to disruptions in our behaviors, moods, and ability to think clearly. Often the trauma effects lead to disturbances in sleep, eating, weight, and relationships with others and ourselves. Anxiety, depression, and physical complaints are not uncommon. It is sometimes difficult to have fulfilling relationships, careers, and lives.


New empirical research is showing that YOGA, especially when combined with psychotherapy and lifestyle changes, can heal the effects of trauma in the brain and the body.       

Through lifelong study of these and various healing modalities, Dr. Kat has combined psychotherapy, yoga, meditation, and nutrition into a one-of-a-kind program offered in Kansas City, MO. 

The Trauma Release Yoga ™ Wellness Program (TRY-Well Program) is an in-depth 12-month long program of healing for trauma. It is divided into 3 Modules, 4-months in length, each of which combine education, introspection, and yoga. Each of the Modules contains 4 day-long Saturday workshops, plus weekly 90-minute yoga & meditation practices.

As part of this program, participants receive Attunements for Reiki I, Reiki II, and Reiki III/Master certification.

The focus of this 12-month program is to reduce the symptoms of trauma and its effects. 

Trauma, Stress, Anxiety, and Depression all impact our: 

• Sleep Patterns 

• Appetites 

• Body Sensations 

• Breathing Patterns 

• Elimination Processes 

• Sex Drives 

• Relationships with our Self and Others 

• Ability to Think Clearly 

• Ability to Accurately Interpret Situations 

• Ability to Self-Regulate Our Emotions and Actions 

• Ability to Function at a Successful Level at Work, Play, Romantic, and Social Activities



"Breathing in, I calm my body.

Breathing out, I smile.

Dwelling in the present moment

I know this is a wonderful moment."

                   Thich Nhat Hanh

Loving myself


"A pearl goes up for auction. 

No one has enough, so the pearl buys itself."


The Program

Module 1

Session 1:

Intro to the TRY-Well Program.

How trauma affects and yoga heals the brain and body.

Session 2:

Breathing and the Nervous System

Session 3:

Meditation and Understanding our Inner Stories

Session 4:

Trauma and Samskara Release Intensive

Module 2

Session 1:

Personal Care, Nutrition, and Food Sensitivities

Session 2:

Emotional and Physical Detoxification

Session 3;

Lifestyle Choices for Honoring Your Body

Session 4:

Trauma and Samskara Release Intensive

Module 3

Session 1:

Interpersonal Relationships

Session 2:

Psychotherapy in Healing

Session 3:

The Yoga Sutras

Session 4:

Trauma and Samskara Release Intensive

How Do I Get Started?

How Do I Get Started?


Attend a 90-minute Introduction Class 

(Classes will begin enrolling again in February 2019.)

• Sign up for Dr. Kat’s Trauma Release Yoga ™ Wellness Program 

• Bring yourself, a journal, and your willingness to heal 

• Prepare yourself for a new life

Peace is Within


"But closing your heart does not really protect you from anything; it just cuts you off from your source of energy. In the end it only serves to lock you inside." 

Michael Singer

Restoring Myself


"You must bring the unconscious into the conscious. Intensified action brings intensified intelligence." 

B. K. S. Iyengar

Other Offerings from Dr. Kat


Individual Therapy

Dr. Bowie sees Individual patients as her schedule allows. Availability is limited and is by appointment only.  Dr. Bowie does not accept insurance.


Yoga and Meditation Classes

Dr. Kat offers Yoga Asana Practices in conjunction with her TRY-Well Program. 

More Yoga Asana Classes will be offered in the future.

"Asanas reflect the art and beauty of the communion of Self with the Universal. They help us release the impediments that shroud the light that is always shining. We are not 'becoming One with' but realizing the Oneness that already is. This is the Union of Yoga." 

                    Rama Jyoti Vernon

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Tonglen Meditation Classes will be added to the schedule in the future. Tonglen Meditation is a highly effective Buddhist meditation that is very helpful in reducing symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Panic Attacks


Additional Classes

Classes that Dr. Kat has offered in the past include:

    *  Healthy Choices for the Diabetic Condition

    *  Spring Cleaning: Detox, Juicing, and Juice-fasting

    *  Introduction to Live and Whole Food Living

    *  Tonglen Meditation

    *  Living With Grief

    *  The Widow's Survival Kit

    *  Living Well ~ The Raw Vegan series

    *  Creating a Vision Board for Your Life's Journey

    *  It's Raw Y'all ~ A Raw Vegan Cooking Series

    *  Samskara Release Yoga

    *  The Melding Process: Integrating the Whole Self

    *  Healing Choices for a Healthy Life

    *  Holistic Help for Grief and Loss

    *  Dealing with Holiday Stress, Naturally

    *  Non-Traditional Reiki I, II, and Reiki Master Classes

    *  Thin From Within

    *  Indicators of Sexual and Physical Abuse in Children

    *  Storytelling as a Therapeutic Tool in the Treatment of Children

    *  Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome – Dementia Complex

    *  Psychological Aspects of Human Immune Deficiency Syndrome and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

    *  Stress Management and Learning to Relax

    *  Identifying Child Sexual Abuse

    *  Holistic Medicine and It’s Application in Psychology

    *  Holistic Medicine and Its Applications in Chronic Pain     Management

    *  Recognizing Congenital Deficits Attributed to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Abuse or Use of Drugs in Head Start Age Children

    *  Integration of Light-Body Activation with other Energy Medicine Modalities

    *  Handling the Everyday Stress of Living with a Mental Disorder

    * Natural Treatments for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) for Adults and Children




Attending the Samskara Release Yoga Program and working with Dr. Kat was a wonderful experience. She is very knowledgeable and provides easy to follow instructions. I was able to relax quickly. I am forever changed physically and emotionally (for the better!!) because of my work with her. I would recommend her classes to anyone dealing with emotional challenges. 

KM Kansas City area

I attended Thin From Within and The Melding Process.  Together with my one-on-one sessions with Dr. Kat, I ALWAYS felt seen and heard, accepted and respected, valued and cherished.  She brought great personal worth and honored my journey.  

CJ Kansas City area

About Kat Bowie, Psy.D.

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Dr. Kat Bowie is a Clinical Psychologist, Trauma Specialist, Body-Psychotherapist, Non-Traditional Usui Reiki Master, Karuna Reiki Master, Tonglen Meditation Teacher, Nutritional Consultant, and certified Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance e200-RYT). She combines multiple new and ancient modalities of healing to offer a wide and holistic approach to experiencing your life in a new, exciting, peaceful, and clear way. Dr. Kat is a Trauma Release Specialist. Patients from all walks of life with a history of trauma and difficult experiences seek her unique services to help them find meaning, gain clarity, and feel secure in their lives, relationships, and careers. She is passionate about teaching these resilient people to heal from their trauma and to be able to feel confident, healthy, and free in all aspects of their lives.

Create A Path To Your True Self


“If we allow the pose to follow the breath, we open the inner space for these deep psychic impressions to be released…If the pose follows the breath, we allow the embedded subconscious imprints [Samskara] to emerge to the surface of the conscious mind. When these samskara arise, the invisible becomes visible, making healing and transformation possible.” 

Rama Jyoti Vernon

Free Yourself


I wish you Blessings of Peace and I hope that you will join me in a journey to free yourself from the confining symptoms of trauma. 

There are ways out.

CLASSES ARE NOW ENROLLING!  Scroll down for more information.

Peace is Within.

NEW! 90-minute Intro Classes NOW Available

ADDED DATES!! Saturday April 7, 2018

Saturday April 7, 2018 10-11:30 a.m.

Meeting for more information about the program content. 

8301 Stateline Road Suite #202

Kansas City, MO 64114



816-812-2364 or 816-960-4525

Wednesday April 11, 2018

Wednesday April 11, 2018 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Meeting for more information about the program content.   

8301 Stateline Road Suite #202  

Kansas City, MO 64114  

RSVP at  


816-812-2364 or 816-960-4525

HURRY! Program Starts Saturday April 14, 2018!

The first full offering of Dr. Kat's Trauma Release Yoga Wellness Program begins 

Saturday, April 14, 2018. 

This program is being offered at a HUGE reduction in cost for it's innaugural launch. It will be not be offered again at this price. 

I hope that you will attend and see what the program is all about and how it can help you in your life. 

In Peace, Dr. Kat 

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Dr. Kat Bowie, Psy.D.

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Hours for Individual Therapy are by appointment only. 

Trauma Release Yoga Wellness Program hours are by Module for the full 12-month program. Classes are the Second Saturday of every month, Plus a 90-minute Yoga Asana Session every Wednesday during the Module.