Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga
What is Trauma Sensitive Yoga?
Trauma Sensitive Yoga (as developed at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, USA), specifically called TCTSY, is an evidence-based somatic practice for those affected by trauma, traumatic stress, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other emotional conditions including anxiety and depression.
TCTSY is based on central components of hatha yoga, where participants practice a series of physical forms and movements, without the need to "get it right". Instead, elements of traditional hatha yoga are modified to build trauma survivors’ experiences of empowerment and agency 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.
TCTSY supports participants to:
connect with the sensations in their bodies
increase feelings of empowerment
rebuild and strengthen relationship to self and others
remain in the present moment
What to expect in the sessions?
There are no hands-on assists in these sessions. You are in charge of your own body.
You have choices about how you want to interact with your body and the yoga forms during these sessions.
Your facilitator, Jemma Moody, will be practicing with you. She will remain on her mat during the whole session and will often practice with her eyes closed.
New students will be accepted in the first 2-3 weeks and then the group will remain the same.
No yoga experience is necessary.
What should I wear?
You are welcome to wear anything you are comfortable in. You will be invited to practice seated or standing and can adapt the forms to suit your experience on any given day.
Do I need to be seeing a therapist at the same time?
No. It is however, important that you have access to support systems or services during the program. This could include, but is not limited to, access to a counsellor, psychologist or social worker or a community or faith-based leader. Please feel free to get in touch if you wish to discuss this further.
Do you have any further questions?
Please do not hesitate to email me at email@example.com.
Trauma Sensitive Yoga Services
Working with survivors, mental health practitioners, yoga teachers and service providers.
Individual and Group
In person or online sessions available to anyone, anywhere.
Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training
Half-day trainings for yoga teachers and mental health practitioners as well as trauma sensitive yoga modules for yoga teacher trainings.
TCTSY underwent a randomised control trial from 2008-2011. Participants who completed 10-weeks of TCTSY showed a marked decrease in PTSD symptomology.
* 64 women with chronic treatment resistant PTSD (3-10 years in therapy with little to no symptom change) completed a weekly one hour class of TCTSY as an adjunct to therapy.
* After completing the TCTSY program, 52% of the TSY participants no longer qualified for a PTSD diagnosis.
You can find this study as well as other TCTSY research here.
"With yoga, I reclaimed my body. That is a gift because I so hated my body. Or I claimed it, not reclaimed, because I was so young. I claimed it. It was a long process to consider myself not an outline. ... I think yoga helped define me. Just inhabiting my own skin is a major step forward."