TRAUMA SENSITIVE YOGA

Laura is certified to facilitate Trauma Centre, Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) as an adjunctive treatment for Complex Trauma and Treatment-Resistant Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

What is Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Trauma Sensitive Yoga helps to empower individuals by offering them the opportunity to take control and choose what they do with their own body.

It aims to help individuals:

gain a greater awareness of their body

notice any sensations in their own body (interoception)

help to release tension (trauma) stored in their body

learn to tolerate bodily sensations

Interoception – the ability to notice what is happening in one’s own body – is a key element to Trauma Sensitive Yoga.

TS Yoga helps individuals with trauma learn to recognise and tolerate physical sensations, regaining a feeling of safety inside their bodies. As body awareness and sensations become more familiar, the less frightening they become helping individuals to manage their emotions more effectively.

The main aim of a TS Yoga class is to offer the opportunity to use yoga forms to notice what you feel in your body and then, based on what you feel or experience, practise making choices about what to do with your body.

It is crucial to understand that TS Yoga is not therapy (although it can be part of a client’s therapy programme); individuals are not expected to discuss or access their trauma memories during yoga sessions.

Who is Trauma Sensitive Yoga For?

Trauma Sensitive Yoga offers a specialised form of yoga to survivors of complex trauma and treatment-resistant PTSD including survivors of domestic, sexual and chronic childhood abuse, military veterans and survivors of war and human trafficking.

However, due to the gentle nature of the practice and the use of invitation and choice for every yoga form, Trauma Sensitive Yoga may also be useful for those with limited mobility, or who have experienced long periods of medical intervention.  Also, those experiencing issues with anxiety and depression and individuals coping with grief.

Trauma Centre, Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY)

TCTSY is an empirically validated, adjunctive treatment for complex trauma or chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD. This form of yoga originated at the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, Massachusetts, USA, by Bessel van der Kolk (The Body Keeps the Score) and David Emerson (Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy: Bringing the Body into Treatment).  The programme is now run by Co-Directors Dave Emerson and Jen Turner with a focus on embodied, body-first ideas for trauma healing. 

In the United States, the TCTSY program is included in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREEP) database published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). For more details on this please go to the TCTSY Website.

The foundations of TCTSY are based in:

Yoga

Trauma Theory

Attachment Theory

Neuroscience

What to expect in a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Class

No yoga experience is necessary.

Classes can be 1:1 sessions or small groups.

Classes are made as accessible as possible to include the use of a chair or mobility aids; both human and animal carers or supporters are welcome to come along.

If the class is in-person, yoga mats, blankets and chairs are provided; however, you are very welcome to bring your own mat if you prefer.

We try to make the yoga space as safe and supportive as possible.

Whether Online or In-Person, in group classes there is no need for individuals to talk to each other, making it easier for those individuals who find it difficult to be in a group setting.

Yoga courses will be Closed Groups, ie. once the course of classes has started, new students cannot join until the next course begins.

Please feel free to wear clothes that you feel comfortable moving in for example; stretchy clothing such as T-shirts, tracksuits, or any sports or yoga clothing you may have.

For In-Person classes, at the end of the yoga class, 5-10 minutes will be available to you if you wish to rest, ask questions, or offer feedback to your yoga facilitator.

 

Laura, your TCTSY Facilitator, will:

never use hands-on assists during an in-person class

always remain on her mat or chair during the class

be aware of a student’s need to move out of a yoga form at any time

provide the opportunity for students to step out of the class should they choose

practice the yoga forms with the students

not need to watch students as they practice, she may even have her own eyes shut

 

Laura is trained, certified and supervised by the Centre for Trauma and Embodiment in Boston.

She must remain in ‘Good Standing’ as a TCTSY-F by:

adhering to the Code of Conduct set out by the Centre for Trauma & Embodiment

complete yearly professional development on current trauma research

record an annual practice video of her facilitation to be critiqued by a supervisor to ensure the quality of her practice

attend monthly peer supervision meetings

 

 

Further Important Information

TCTSY is not shown to be effective for people in crisis

Therefore, it would be prudent to wait to attend TCTSY sessions if you have been in hospital within the last 6 months for trauma-related issues, or if you have had a trauma crisis eg. self-harming, suicide attempt in the last 3 months. 

 


 

TRAUMA SENSITIVE YOGA CLASSES

(Course of 4 online classes)

Before the course begins:

You will need to link up with Laura to do a short questionnaire (approximately 30 minutes) by phone or via video link.    This is NOT to discuss your trauma; however, questions regarding things like known triggers, medication that may affect your yoga class, and any injuries or illnesses that may impact your physical movement will be discussed.  Basic contact information will also be required. The questionnaire is to ensure that TS yoga is right for you at the moment and gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have; it also helps Laura to design the yoga sessions to be as comfortable as possible for you. 


TS Yoga Classes :  ONLINE

Number of Classes :  4

Day:  Tuesday

Time: 6pm to 7pm

 

Available ONLINE Courses for 2023:

OPTION 1 : STARTING Tuesday 17th January 2023 – ENDING Tuesday 7th February 2023

OPTION 2 :  STARTING Tuesday 28th February 2023 – ENDING Tuesday 21st March 2023

 

 


CLASS INVESTMENT:

Please contact Laura to request investment details HERE


FREE CLASSES

We are excited to announce that due to funding secured by Elephant Rooms we have a limited number of free spaces for the above courses.  These spaces are for those people who fit into the CONCESSIONS category below.

Please note CONCESSIONS will also still be available.

Contact Laura HERE for more details.

 

                                                             

 

 

CONCESSIONS:

Concessions are available if:  you are on benefits, you are on a low income, or if you are a studentConcessions are considered on an individual basis so you only pay what you can afford.  Please feel free to contact Laura for further details.

 

CHARITY FUNDING:

If you are being funded or sponsored by a charity and have been allocated a specific number of hours, or level of funding, please contact Laura as she will be more than happy to try and accommodate your individual needs. 

Any questions at all?  Please feel free to ask Laura at:  laura@pennyoga.com

 

 


PRIVATE CLASSES

Private TS yoga classes are available online;  please contact Laura here for more details.

 


PERSONAL EXPERIENCES 

It is important to understand that every individual can have a different response to TS Yoga, there is no set way to feel, nor is there a guaranteed outcome; our responses are very personal as we are, after all, unique.

Laura would like to thank all those students who have given her permission to share their words and thoughts about their experience of TS Yoga for you to read.

 

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Laura’s classes have been incredibly helpful. It’s been a welcome break to come to my mat each week after the trauma I’ve been through.

It’s a totally different experience to any class I’ve taken before and has really brought some peace back into my life. I thank Laura for what she does. She is a wonderful teacher and person. Thank you again, I know you don’t get to see us much during the classes but just know they have really helped. You have such a calming presence, even virtually! 

Kitty

 

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Thank you so much for the course and your time.

It gave me the chance to stop and be still, which at times was difficult, but much needed. You can say Kim, bereaved mother, if you like, as it may resonate and encourage others to use yoga for grief as well as trauma. 

Kim – Bereaved Mother

 

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Trauma-Informed Yoga with Laura has given me a tool in approaching choice and empowered choice that I have never got from any talking therapy.

In using this tool to face deep rooted anxiety I have started a new dance class after being away from dancing for 11 years and faced social situations I have previously felt too afraid of. My mantra is: I have the choice to do this activity, I have the choice to go, I have the choice to leave and I have choice to do what feels right for me. The anxiety has not left, but how I approach it has changed. Laura’s approach has tapped into something quite powerful I would only have got from a body movement approach like her class.

Nicola

 

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Wow, Laura I want to say thank you so much, I really got a lot out of the sessions. It was such a wonderful positive experience.  You made it that way.  Thank you.  

I actually felt quite emotional, but not in a bad or triggered way, in fact, quite the opposite.  I loved the gentle approach with everything my choice, it was really beautiful.  Also, I need to say that when my voices are really loud, or I feel panicky… I hear your voice inviting me to notice my feet in contact with the floor and it really helps.

Donna

 

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I have been looking for trauma-informed videos on YouTube…

but I found despite them being trauma informed, many don’t give the choices or gentle encouragement to notice things like you did and I think that is what I benefit from the most. Aside from the trauma, I’ve had medical intervention all my life, but I’ve never had any choice in it, so it was good to experience something different.

Katy

 

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Your trauma sensitive yoga classes are not only helpful for trauma!

As I have Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS, the fluidity and choice within the sessions, I have very much appreciated, as the ability of my mind and body vary.

Dawn

 


 

 

Get in touch

To see whether Trauma Sensitive Yoga is for you, please email Laura through the contacts page of this website for more information or any questions you may have about these sessions.

 

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