Note: All participants must be engaged in therapy and complete a pre-screening prior to attending these classes.
Trauma deeply impacts the ways in which we relate to our own bodies, and to the world around us. In the aftermath of trauma, it’s common to feel disconnected from our bodies, making it difficult to discern what we feel, need, and desire. This feeling of disconnection, or dissociation, can persist long after the events of the trauma have transpired. Gaining, or regaining, a sense of empowerment and a felt sense of connection to our bodies are integral parts of the healing process. Thankfully, our brains and bodies are resilient, and with practice new patterns can be established that help integrate the effects of the trauma and regulate the balance of our nervous systems.
During trauma-sensitive yoga sessions, you will be invited to explore yoga forms and movements at your own pace. There are no physical adjustments in this class. The emphasis is not on the appearance of the yoga forms, or “doing it right,” but rather on your own internal experience. These classes offer the opportunity to make choices about how to move (or not move) your body, with invitations to tune-in to your felt bodily experience as much or as little as you like.
Beginning July 18, we will start offering Trauma Sensitive Yoga on Thursday evenings from 7:30-8:30 PM. No previous yoga experience is necessary. The suggested donation is $10 (regular class credits will also be accepted). If making a donation is prohibitive to your ability to attend these classes, we welcome you to join us for free.
All participants must be engaged in therapy or other mental health support services prior to attending these classes. A brief pre-screening is required for all who wish to attend. If you’re interested in participating in Trauma Sensitive Yoga, please fill out this form, and we will be in touch to schedule a phone screening with you.
Elena Mamatas is a Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCSTY) Facilitator, offering private TCTSY sessions at our studio. TCTSY is an evidence-based adjunctive treatment for complex trauma (trauma that happens in the context of relationships) and treatment-resistant PTSD. It can be adapted for all bodies, and doesn’t require any previous yoga experience.
If you’re interested in attending private TCTSY classes, email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also learn more about TCTSY here.