Trauma Sensitive Yoga

I provide group and/or private (1:1) Trauma Sensitive Yoga sessions as an adjunct service to your trauma-focused psychotherapy work with me OR  with a different psychotherapist. 

What is Trauma Sensitive Yoga?

According to the The Trauma Center in Brookline, MA where Trauma Sensitive Yoga was developed “Trauma sensitive yoga is a movement-based practice focused on choice-making and interoception

Interoception is the practice of noticing the internal sensations within the body.

Choice-making means you decide the length and intensity of each movement moment-by-moment

Why Trauma Sensitive Yoga?

According to Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD, a leading expert  in the field of neurobiology of trauma and leader of the Trauma Center:

“Yoga is part of the overall healing process. Being able to find the words that allow you to know what happened, and being able  to place the memory in space and time, liberates a person from the tyranny of having to relive the trauma in the present. But only if the past can be remembered without the body being forced to relive what happened can one truly speak of recovery.

A research study done by Dr. va der Kolk , titled “Yoga as an Adjunctive Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder ”  demonstrated that Trauma Sensitive Yoga reduces the symptoms of PTSD.

What does a Trauma Sensitive Yoga class/session look like?

Below are the typical characteristic of a Trauma Sensitive Yoga session as established by the Trauma Center:

  • Simple language
  • No use of Sanskrit terminology
  • No hands-on assisting
  • Asanas (postures) are referred as “forms” (to prevent triggering langauge)
  • Gentle, but not restorative forms (long holds are not encouraged)
  • No vinyasa, just movement from one form to the another
  • No chanting
  • No meditation
  • Forms are held for 3-5 breaths
  • No sharing of stories