TRAUMA SENSITIVE YOGA
Laura is certified to facilitate Trauma Centre, Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY-F) 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 TCTSY.
TCTSY 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 TCTSY 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 TCTSY 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 TCTSY sessions.
Who is Trauma Sensitive Yoga For?
Trauma Sensitive Yoga offers a specialised form of yoga to survivors of complex trauma and treatment-resistance PTSD including survivors of sexual abuse and chronic childhood abuse, military veterans and survivors of war.
Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY)
This form of yoga originated at the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, Massachusetts, USA. It is an empirically validated, clinical intervention for complex trauma or chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD.
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:
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.
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, supportive as possible.
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.
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.
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.
All of Laura’s TCTSY classes take place at:
Elephant Rooms Health and Wellbeing Centre, South Street, Draycott, DE72 3PP
Your TCTSY Facilitator will:
never use hands-on assists during the class.
always remain on their 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, they may even have their own eyes shut.
be trained, certified and supervised by the Centre for Trauma and Embodiment in Boston, to ensure the quality of their practice.
Further Important Information
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.
It is important that you are in some form of established therapeutic relationship whilst you are attending TCTSY sessions.
TCTSY is not considered as useful if you were able to verbalise your trauma experiences in a previous therapeutic relationship.
Get in touch
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