Trauma Sensitive Yoga Classes

Safely reconnect with yourself in a safe, supportive, and caring environment

Benalla, Wangaratta, Shepparton, and surrounding areas

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Trauma can impact your relationships, both your relationship with yourself and your relationships with others.

Trauma Sensitive Yoga practice can look and feel quite different to a regular yoga class. The intention of a trauma sensitive yoga program is to create a safe space. It is a predictable and non-judgmental space providing opportunities to explore internal experiences and your relationship with your body.

This practice of yoga is a way to safely reconnect with yourself. It is done in a safe, supportive, and caring environment to promote and enable healing opportunities.

“Trauma reshapes our system so that we are more prone to pathways of protection than pathways of connection.”

– Deb Dana –

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Trauma comes in many forms

Trauma can be a result of exposure to a single incident or a series of events that overwhelms your ability to cope.

Incidents can range from being emotionally disturbing to being life-threatening and have lasting negative effects on your ability to function and on your:

  • Mental health
  • Physical health
  • Emotional health
  • Spiritual health 
  • And/or social wellbeing

Signs you might see after experiencing trauma and its side effects

You may experience a mix of unexpected and confusing  thoughts and emotions as well as physical symptoms of:

  • Anxiety
  • Memory loss and dissociation
  • Anger
  • Fear
  • Depression or numbness

Trauma can have significant and debilitating physical impacts leaving you more prone to serious chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

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Trauma healing

In trauma recovery, body-focused treatment options are becoming an essential part of multifaceted approaches to healing.

Trauma Sensitive Yoga is a body-led therapy that has been shown to reduce the symptoms of complex trauma and PTSD.

Developed by the Justice Resource Institute’s Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, TCTSY is an empirically validated clinical intervention. It is specifically designed for complex trauma or chronic, treatment-resistant Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

TCTSY originates in trauma theory, attachment theory, neuroscience and hatha yoga practice. It emphasises mindful body-based yoga forms and deep breathing practices to support trauma healing.

    What is Trauma Sensitive Yoga

    While having its roots in traditional hatha yoga practices, Trauma Sensitive Yoga practice can look and feel quite different to a regular yoga class.

    The intention of a trauma sensitive yoga program is to create a safe space. It should be predictable and non-judgmental, providing opportunities to explore internal experiences and your relationship with your body.

    There is a focus on giving you options and choices about how you want to practice to best meet your body’s needs.

    Invitational language is used to ensure you practise in a way that feels safe and manageable for you.

    TCTSY gives you, the participant, the opportunity to:

    Practise being present

    Practise making choices

    Having an awareness of your environment

    Connect with your body through breath

    Experience taking effective action

    We understand that this is your journey and practice and that your inner wisdom knows the best way.

    You may also have heard of Trauma Informed Yoga. Trauma Informed Yoga incorporates the principles of Trauma Sensitive Yoga and is usually used in my general yoga classes, which may not have a specific Trauma Group or focus.

    Similar to Trauma Sensitive Yoga, there is invitational language, opportunities for choice making, self-awareness and connection.

    The space is a safe space to practice. I remain on my mat, and there are no hands-on physical assists or adjustments made to your body. I don’t single out anyone as an example. 

    I loved having choice

    I loved having the choice not to do what everyone else was doing.

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