Adjunctive Treatment Trauma Yoga:
The TCTSY (Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga) methodology is based on central components of the hatha style of yoga, where participants engage in a series of physical forms and movements. Elements of traditional hatha yoga are modified to build a trauma survivors’ experiences of empowerment and cultivate a more positive relationship to one’s body. Unlike many public yoga classes, TCTSY does not use physical hands-on adjustments to influence a participant’s physical form. Rather, TCTSY presents opportunities for participants to be in charge of themselves based on a felt sense of their own body.
Although TCTSY employs physical forms and movements, the emphasis is not on the external expression or appearance (i.e. doing it “right”), or receiving the approval of an external authority. Rather, the focus is on the internal experience of the participant. This shift in orientation, from the external to the internal, is a key attribute of TCTSY as a complementary treatment for complex trauma. With our approach, the power resides within the individual, not the TCTSY facilitator (TCTSY-F). Further, by focusing on the felt sense of the body to inform choice-making, TCTSY allows participants to restore their connection of mind and body and cultivate a sense of agency that is often compromised as a result of trauma.
More about TCTSY from their website: Developed at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, TCTSY is an empirically validated, clinical intervention for complex trauma or chronic, treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The TCTSY program is included in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) database published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the United States. In addition to yoga, TCTSY has foundations in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, and Neuroscience.
This unique class is for anyone who is on a path to recovering from physical or emotional trauma. The class aims to give participants tools understand how trauma affects the body, to let go of embodied trauma (trauma stored on the body) through movement. Trauma may seem like a loaded word, but it is something that affects many of us through major losses, accidents, violence, or other major life stresses.
**Based on the evidence-based methodology of Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga. While taught by a Registered Psychotherapist, it is not group therapy and classes do not include group discussion. As an adjunctive therapy, it is not intended as a replacement for working with a qualified therapist.**
Mission: To alleviate symptoms of combat stress (COSR), post-traumatic stress (PTS) 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.
For more information on becoming an instructor see www.yogawarriors.com
YogaFit for Warriors
This trauma-sensitive yoga workshop zeros in on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Trauma Brain Injury (TBI), the longterm effects each one has on the mind, body, and spirit, and how yoga can bring relief. Anyone suffering from trauma—military men and women, and their families; first responders; victims of violence or abuse—as well as the mental health professionals working with them will benefit from this two-day intensive.
Note: YogaFit for Warriors intensive training hours count as an elective either for the 200-hour or the 300-hour training, but not both. This two-day workshop also counts toward YogaFit for Warriors 100- and 140-hour certifications as well as YogaFit Healthcare 900-hour certification. For more on training see www.yogafit.com/ca/teacher-training
* If you are interested in hosting this training on your military base, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online Options for Trauma Informed Yoga
If you’re not able to attend an in-person training and would like to learn more about trauma-informed yoga, below are at-distance options:
–Yoga for Self-Regulation and Trauma
(a 5 session online course with Hala Khouri via Off the Mat, Into the World)
–Yoga to Transform Trauma: How to Make Your Yoga Practice Truly Healing
(a 2 session online course with Hala Khouri via Off the Mat, Into the World)
–Yoga for Trauma: Practices, Talks, Tools, and Techniques
(a 10 session online course with Kyra Haglund via YogaAnytime)
–Click HERE for information about Hala and Kyra’s Yoga for Trauma e-manual