“Body-based work, such as yoga, may act as a treatment bridge, increasing a sense of awareness, safety and mastery over one’s body while building skills to effectively interpret and tolerate physiological and affective states. Yoga, one of the top ten most widely practiced forms of complementary alternative medicine in the United States, incorporates techniques of breathing exercises, physical postures, movement, relaxation and mindfulness.”  For more click traumacenter.org
Dr. Bessel van der Kolk is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He has pioneered the use of Yoga as a therapy that is helping these individuals to work through their PTSD and regain a sense of mastery. He discusses mind-body connections in trauma, how Yoga works and precautions for teaching trauma-sensitive Yoga students. For more click traumacenter.org
 “I teach a private class for a group of people affected by PTSD. One of them brings his service dog, who is trained to support his man by providing a calming presence (there is probably way more to it than that, but this is brief and to the point…) During class the dog lies quietly beside the man, breathing deeply and surrendering to the support of the Earth, giving us all a gentle reminder to do the same.
A big part of the class is Restorative Yoga, the favourite pose being Reclining Bound Angle in which the dog sometimes acts as a prop for his man, allowing him to rest one bent leg on his sturdy body, providing not only the physical support required to let go fully in this pose, but also an unconditionally loving, anchoring and grounding presence… Today I was moved to tears as I witnessed this deep and beautiful connection between these two. I am truly grateful…”  ~S. Mills
 ishtadevniwas.blogspot Thursday, 11 February 2016, Why I Believe Yoga is a Critical link in the Recovery from PTSD.
To learn more about how Yoga can help PTS see HeroesofPeaceVideo
Click for more YogaArticles
Click for Yoga interview traumacenter.org  Interview: Yoga Teachers as Part of the Clinical Team
Emerson, Yoga Therapy Today, Summer 2012, pp 24-2
 Click for Yoga Reseach 
Yogareseach: The power of possiblity kripalu.org
traumacenter.org  Claiming Peaceful Embodiment Through Yoga in the Aftermath of Trauma
Rhodes, Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, Vol. 21, Issue 4, Pages 247-256, September 2015.
traumacenter.org  Trauma-Sensitive Yoga as an Adjunct Mental Health Treatment in Group Therapy for Survivors of Domestic Violence: A Feasibility Study
Clark, Lewis-Dmello, Anders, Parsons, Nguyen-Feng, Henn, Emerson, Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, Vol. 20, Issue 3, Pages 152–158, August 2014.
traumacenter.org Yoga as an Adjunctive Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial
van der Kolk, Stone, West, Rhodes, Emerson, Suvak, Spinazzola, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 75(6), e559-e565, 2014.
traumacenter.org “Warrior One”: Yoga Pose Takes on Whole New Meaning at VA Salt Lake City
Calhoon, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, February, 2
traumacenter.org Yoga’s Place in the Treatment of PTSD Bengis, Prescott, Tabachnick, NEARI Newsletter, 2014.
traumacenter.org  Application of Yoga in Residential Treatment of Traumatized Youth
Spinazzola, J., Rhodes, A., Emerson, D., Earle, E., Monroe, K., Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 2011, 17(6) 431-444.
traumacenter.org Transcending Trauma
Sparrowe, L., Yoga International, Fall 2011, pp 48-53, 89.
traumacenter.org Warriors at Peace – Pollack, N., Yoga Journal, August 2010, pp. 74-104
traumacenter.org Yoga Therapy in Practice: Trauma-Sensitive Yoga: Principles, Practice, and Research – Emerson, D., Sharma, R., Chaudry, S., Turner, J., International Journal of Yoga Therapy, No. 19 (2009), pp. 123-128
traumacenter.org Yoga and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: An Interview with Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. – Integral Yoga Magazine (2009), pp.12-13
traumacenter.org The Core – David Emerson
traumacenter.org What to Expect from a Trauma Center Yoga Class- David Emerson
traumacenter.org Thoughts on Breathing -David Emerson
traumacenter.org Heal Life’s Trauma -Denise Kersten Wills

Yoga Therapy: Nicole Slade Yoga and Ayurveda – Vancouver, BC 

Nicole Slade is a Certified Yoga Therapist registered with the Canada Yoga Alliance (CYA-YT), and a Registered Yoga Teacher having 500 hours of training (RYT 500).  She is also a certified Yoga Warriors International™ Instructor with training and teaching experience in yoga for trauma and mental health.  Nicole specializes in teaching yoga to people recovering from chronic injuries and health conditions including PTSD and Operational Stress Injuries.
Nicole is currently teaching at Ocean Breath Yoga on Granville Island and The Yoga Practice in West Vancouver.
 For more information or to set up yoga sessions with Nicole please visit 
Ocean Breath Yoga Studio
1521 Foreshore Walk, Vancouver, BC V6H 3X3
Email: nicolesladeyoga@gmail.com
Website: www.nicolesladeyoga.com

Empowering Yoga™ Ottawa, ON
Trauma-Sensitive Yoga and iRest® Guided Meditation

Empowering Yoga™ is designed to increase the resilience of critical task performers working in high stress environments and to alleviate symptoms of post-traumatic stress by applying principles developed by the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute, by Warriors at Ease, and by the Integrative Restoration Institute.  Empowering Yoga™  and iRest® guided meditation classes are created specifically for first responders, active military, veterans, emergency room staff, and PTSD survivors; as well as for those who may experience trauma vicariously, such as therapists, care-givers and family members

2017 Classes

Wednesdays at 10:00 – 11:00 at the Ottawa Anxiety & Trauma Clinic (www.traumaclinic.ca) . This is a drop in class, so no registration is required. Details attached

Wednesdays at 1:00 – 2:00 at  the Trauma Healing Center (www.traumahc.com). This is a 10 week program of trauma-sensitive yoga and iRest guided meditation. Registration information

Taking the first step to come to a class can be the most difficult.  In these classes I encourage each person to follow what feels right, using me as a guide. You are always in charge of your experience and are welcome to follow your instincts in a safe and friendly environment. These classes are designed to alleviate the symptoms of post traumatic stress and to support professionals working in high stress environments. Care givers and family members are also welcome.

If you have any questions about these classes, please feel free to get in touch.

fyi: on my web site there’s a free 5 minute audio recording of an iRest guided meditation for resilience.  Feel free to use it any time. Here’s the link: lyndapedley.com/iRest-5-minute-meditation

Empowering Yoga™ offers:

 Trauma sensitive yoga classes

Therapeutic and Restorative yoga classes

iRest® guided meditation sessions for groups and individuals

Workshops and retreats

Private and semi-private sessions

 Lynda Pedley, the founder of Empowering Yoga™, is a professional level registered yoga teacher, a Certified iRest® Teacher, a Certified Warriors at Ease Yoga and Meditation Teacher, and an Integral Master Coach™.  Lynda has studied yoga and meditation with world leaders in the neuro-biology of trauma and brings several years of experience leading trauma-sensitive yoga and meditation classes.

 Check out the web site for all yoga & meditation programs or contact Lynda for more information on how she can bring the power of mind/body healing to you or your organization.

Email: Lynda@LyndaPedley.com

WebsiteEmpoweringYoga  http://www.Lynda@LyndaPedley.com

Get Yoga – Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Trenton, On

TraumasensitiveyogaGet Yoga offers trauma sensitive yoga classes, workshops, and private sessions for anyone who may be living with trauma. We work with military, first-responder, corrections workers, health-care service providers and others who are experiencing some degree of trauma or stress. Get Yoga owner, Brendon Abram is a 30 year veteran of the Canadian Forces and works as an associate with TrentView Counselling in Trenton to teach a variety of yoga based and other self-regulation skills to those who are living with trauma.
Starting April 3rd, 2016 we will be offering a dedicated Trauma Sensitive Yoga Class at the Studio Above the Grind, 45 Front Street Trenton.
It is open to anyone living with trauma or a stress related condition who would like to learn how to control their mood. Those from the first responder, corrections workers, military personnel and health care services communities are especially welcome.
You are invited to call or meet your instructors ahead of time find out if this is right for you. If you wish you can try a private session at no cost.
Classes will run from 1:30 to 3:00 PM every Sunday for 8 weeks. 30 minutes will be dedicated to trauma education and discussion, with 60 minutes for the yoga practice.
If you are interested please follow this link to register and we will respond to provide you with more information and answer any questions you may have.
Website: http://getyoga.ca/trauma-sensitive-yoga/
For details about our teacher training workshop in Ottawa please visit Website.
Direct link to studio hosting the workshop is Traumasensitiveyogateachertraining.

Healing Heroes is a science-based trauma sensitive yoga program designed specifically for First Responders.

Trauma is defined as an illness of not being alive in the present.  When people revisit their trauma, they go with their entire physical body.  The physical sensations can range from uncomfortable to re-traumatizing.  Thoughts of “I am wrong” or “something is wrong with me” can result in experiencing feelings of shame or failure.

The amygdala, the “smoke detector” of the brain, allows you to focus and then respond: relax or activate.  For those living with PTSD, the amygdala is no longer filtering properly.  This can result in needing to work harder at “normal” day to day activities. Individuals diagnosed with PTSD can experience headaches, chronic pain, numbing, anger and violence.

Research has proven the body’s ability to re-grow the amygdala through meditation, pranayama (focused breathing) and asana (physical postures).  Meditation allows us to pause and get fully present. Focused breathing reduces heart rate; allowing us to observe without getting hijacked by our emotions and feelings.

Our program is built on the work of Dr. van der Kolk, past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School, and Medical Director of the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, Massachusetts.  Through his book “The Body Keeps the Score” (2014) Dr. van der Kolk outlined how traumatic stress literally rearranges the brain’s wiring – especially areas related to pleasure, engagement, control and trust.  He demonstrates how these areas can be reactivated through innovative practices such as meditation, breathing and yoga; a proven alternative to drugs and talk therapy.

By incorporating the research of Dr. van der Kolk and his team, the goal of Healing Heroes is to help people find ways to alter the inner landscape of their bodies and minds, and experience a place of self-compassion, without judgement.

Contact us today if you are interested in learning more or to book a free class!



(Website currently under construction!….stay tuned!)

About the Founder:

Tania Lutz is an E-RYT registered yoga teacher trained in Power Vinyasa, Restorative and Trauma Sensitive Yoga.  She currently lives in Halton Hills and teaches at Power Yoga Canada, Georgetown.  Tania facilitates a 20-hour trauma sensitive teacher training to those interested in working with high risk populations, as well as educating First Responder Wellness Teams of the tools of pranayama, asana and meditation for those dealing with the effects of trauma and PTSD.  She volunteers on-site classes to First

Mountaingoat Yoga, Ottawa, ON
Yoga Warriors International™  

MountaingoatyogaYoga Classes for Military personnel, veterans, First Responders, caregivers and their families
Dedicated ongoing classes:   Sundays 10:45-11:45 am
Mission of Yoga Warriors:  To alleviate symptoms of combat stress (COSR) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and increase the resilience of critical task performers working in high stress environments, including affected caregivers and family members by providing evidence-based yoga practices.
Yoga Warriors classes are gentle, beginner yoga classes using the proven Yoga Warriors International™ method. They are designed to introduce the basics of yoga and include positive affirmations, yoga postures, breathing, and relaxation techniques. The classes emphasize emotional healing and focus on a relaxed pace in a safe and nurturing environment. Yoga Warriors is a simple, effective technique that delivers inner peace, vibrant health and relaxation.
Benefits of a Yoga Warriors Practice
Develop a flexible mindset, one that can rise to meet day-to-day challenges and quickly return to a calm, relaxed state.
Manage emotions in day-to-day life using positive stress management techniques.
Decrease hyper-vigilance and hypersensitivity to noise, crowds, movement, unexpected touch, and visually stimulating environments.
Improve quality of sleep and attention to self-care needs such as nutrition, rest, leisure, and achieving a balance in daily life activities.
Become more present in the moment by drawing awareness to the breath and bodily sensation.
Improve energy level to support meeting one’s daily needs and goals.
Improve self-acceptance and self-esteem by using affirmations to reduce and reverse negative thinking patterns.
To answer your questions contact:
Mountaingoat Yoga Centre
3350 Fallowfield Rd, Unit #5 Ottawa, Ontario  
Phone: 613-823-3949
Email:   Contact@mountaingoatyoga.com

Yoga Warriors International-TM   For First Responders

Newmarket, Ontario


Yoga Warriors International provides evidence-based yoga classes to prevent or alleviate symptoms of: combat stress (COSR) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Benefits of Yoga Warriors Classes:

  • Lowers the impact of negative stress
  • Lowers state and trait anxiety
  • Improves anger management skills
  • Increases self-calming ability
  • Brings participants back to the present by reconnecting mind to body

Yoga, deep breathing, and meditation also help to activate the body’s relaxation response.

Teacher Info:

Classes are led by Heidi Garrison who is a police officer and a registered yoga teacher.  As a police officer she was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress:  she understands the difficulties, challenges and struggles that can occur along the journey back to wholeness and wellness.  Heidi is offering this class in a volunteer capacity, with a $5.00 fee applied to the cost of studio space rental.  At the end of each year, any excess money will be donated to local food banks.

When & Where-

Tuesdays 1-2 pm

Heart Journey Yoga & Wellness Studio

16945 Leslie St. Unit 37, Newmarket, ON

**Please contact Heidi Garrison directly for further information or if you have any questions at: garrisonyoga@gmail.com

*Yoga Warriors was originally created in 2005 to help active military personnel and veterans, and due to its success it now includes first responders and many others who deal with high stress. See yogawarriors.com


To alleviate symptoms of combat stress (COSR), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and increase the resilience of critical task performers working in high stress environments, including affected caregivers and family members by providing evidence-based yoga and mindfulness practices.
Develop a flexible mindset, one that can rise to meet day to day challenges and quickly return to a calm relaxed state.
Manage emotions in day to day life using positive stress management techniques
Decrease hyper-vigilance and hypersensitivity to noise, crowds, movement, unexpected touch and visually stimulating environments
Improve quality of sleep and attention to self-care needs such as nutrition, rest, leisure and achieving a balance in daily life activities
Become more present in the moment by drawing awareness to the breath and bodily sensation
Improve energy level to support meeting one’s daily needs and goals
Improve self-acceptance and self-esteem by using affirmations to reduce and reverse negative thinking patterns
For more information contact me:
Al Favretto, Certified Yoga Warriors Teacher