Trauma-Sensitive Yoga

What is Trauma-Sensitive Yoga? 

Trauma is often times held within the body regardless of whether or not the trauma occurred to the body specifically. While talk therapy and medication have both proven to be beneficial, there seems to be a missing piece in the holistic healing and recovery process. This is where Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TSY) comes in, and where it has proven to further the release of held trauma.  Complete, permanent & holistic healing must be addressed at the core, in the body where the trauma is physically residing in order for thorough release to occur. TSY provides a safe place for survivors to develop a new and safe relationship with their body.

A typical TSY class will be very gentle in nature. It requires no prior knowledge or experience of yoga. It places emphasis on body awareness and breath. It offers countless choices throughout practice providing the opportunity for empowerment and control. A student is always encouraged to make their own adjustments and modifications so they feel the optimal amount of safety.

Trauma-sensitive yoga is NOT counseling. It is an adjunct treatment to counseling/talk-therapy and/or medications. It’s purpose is to address trauma where it starts and/or where it is trapped within the body and to renew the survivor’s safety within their own body.

I became fascinated with TSY as an additional therapeutic benefit for trauma survivors when I experienced my own symptoms released through yoga. I believe it is a necessary piece for the healing process of trauma survivors of any kind.  Research from various sources (see below) provide results that yoga legitimately helps in the holistic healing processes mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

It is my intention to offer TSY classes that will help a survivor befriend and feel safe in their body, begin their holistic healing process and release trapped trauma within the body.

TSY is for everyone! Trauma is a part of life, but we do not have to live with symptoms from our trauma.

TSY can be helpful for trauma survivors of all types including, but not limited to, the following types of trauma:
-PTSD of any kind
-Childhood/developmental trauma
-Sexual trauma
-Surviving a natural disaster
-Surviving/witnessing an attack
-Secondary/Vicarious Trauma
-Emotional/spiritual/physical abuse
-Death of a loved one and/or close encounters with death
-Surviving an accident
-Surviving or witnessing anything horrific and/or traumatizing

Please feel free to contact me regarding TSY classes: or 405.640.5132

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Research and studies on how yoga helps one heal from trauma: