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Trauma Sensitive Yoga

 

It’s no secret that yoga does wonders for the body and can calm the mind. There’s growing evidence that modified yoga, when taught by specially trained individuals and employed in a therapeutic context, can be a tool of healing and empowerment for people who have experienced trauma.

The term “trauma sensitive yoga” was coined by David Emerson, E-RYT, founder and director of yoga services at the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, MA, to describe the use of yoga as an adjunctive treatment within a clinical context. The practice aims to help people regain comfort in their bodies, counteract rumination, and improve self-regulation while enjoying the physical benefits of yoga exercise.

Our Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY) classes build awareness of the breath and physical sensations by softening the edges of rules and expectations participants may have for themselves while practicing the connection between their body and mind.

In TSY class you’ll learn to:

  • Connect to the choice of a form or practice at your comfort level
  • Raise your body awareness by paying attention to your bodily sensations experienced through breath and movement
  • Relate to your body with kindness rather than self-criticism
  • Safely practice mindfulness and attention regulation
  • Use self-compassion to motivate yourself during practice

TSY is a way for us to safely experiment with having a body. Through yoga we can experiment with:

  • Breathing
  • Moving
  • Strengthening
  • Stretching
  • Resting

Our classes are set up so that participants are in control over what they are doing with their body at all times and the facilitator is there to provide safe, professional guidance. No experience or equipment necessary. All are welcome.

To bring a TSY class, online or in-person, to your organization, please contact Vira Salzburn at virasalzburn@chlink.org.