Trauma Sensitive Yoga
A safe and effective way to reconnect to start healing your mind and body
In-person Melbourne Yoga sessions are available, or start Yoga online via tailored 1:1 or small group sessions.
Tailored programs for people accessing different organisations and services.
Have you suffered trauma, or are you currently living through a traumatic experience?
Do you feel you need help?
Trauma is anything that causes us emotional or physical pain leaving its mark on a person’s life as they move forward.
Trauma affects everything. It impacts our physical and mental health, plus multiple aspects of our lives, and can show up in many different ways.
Many of us have been significantly hurt in ways that cannot be seen from the outside.
Trauma is not trivial hurt; it’s emotional or physical pain that often goes unseen yet changes our brain, psychology and biology and impacts how we show up in the world.
Trauma confuses our relationship with ourselves; we may feel conflicted about who we are, what we are capable of achieving and what we deserve. This changes our emotions and memories, altering our decisions and the course of our life. All of this often occurs without us realising this is happening.
What is Trauma Sensitive Yoga?
Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is an empirically validated adjunctive clinical treatment for complex trauma or chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD.
TCTSY is based on gentle movement, emphasising the internal experience of participants rather than perfecting yoga poses or stretches. It’s not about ‘getting it right;’ it’s about exploring and nurturing the inner self as you breathe and move.
No prior yoga experience is necessary
Want to know the benefits of Trauma Sensitive Yoga?
TCTSY promotes a process of helping survivors of trauma to gently reconnect with their bodies in a safe environment, offering people the opportunity to
Practise being present
Practice making choices
Experience taking effective action
Become aware of their environment
Connect with their body through their breath
Hear from our satisfied Yoga participants
…enjoyable as she offered slow movements, and there were alternatives for every movement
Thank you, Becki, for the last 4 weeks of trauma-sensitive yoga sessions. It was a great experience.
I suffered an acute brain injury a few years again and find it difficult to do normal yoga, but doing it with Becki was enjoyable as she offered slow movements, and there were alternatives for every movement.
It was very calm and relaxing.
“No intervention that takes power away from the survivor can possibly foster her recovery, no matter how much it appears to be in her own best interests.”
– Judith Herman, Trauma & Recovery –
If you are wondering about how the Yoga sessions work, here are some questions people often ask.
What does a typical Trauma Sensitive Yoga Session look like?
All classes respect the following:
- Privacy: There are no hands-on assists, working in pairs or adjustments made in sessions. The yoga facilitator does not leave their mat.
- Kindness: Invitational language is always used.
- Choice: Different options and complete choice over what you do and when with your body.
- Boundaries: No need to talk to others in group classes.
Can I meet you before commencing the sessions?
It’s a great idea to meet me before the yoga sessions. You are invited to contact me so we can connect and discuss more. If you attend a face-to-face session, you are welcome to arrive ten minutes early. It’s helpful to know where the session is, where to park and what the space looks like.
What if I don’t want to socialise
I respect that many people don’t come to Yoga to socialise. And if in face-to-face group settings, people don’t want to be positioned on a mat in front of another student. Environment dependant in face-to-face sessions, I aim to offer sessions where participants are in a semi-circle so that you don’t have people directly behind you and there is no partner work.
Will the class be too hard for me?
Many people who want to resume or begin Yoga are concerned about how hard the session will be and whether or not they will be able to keep up. In a TCTSY session, there is an emphasis on working only at a pace that is comfortable. You will be invited to do what suits your body. If you find that any shape or movement causes you discomfort physically or emotionally, you can move out of it at any time or simply choose not to do it at all.
What if I want to leave?
Sometimes, no matter how much you want to come to Yoga, things may come up that make you feel like you want to leave the session. Thinking that you have to stay and can’t leave can be really stressful. There is no obligation or any expectation that you stay for the whole session. It’s up to you to stay or leave, depending on how you feel.
What do I need to do if I wish to know more?
You are invited to connect with me. Here you can expect a general conversation around admin and a sharing of information about the session offered, as well as answering a few questions about prior experience with yoga movement and individual potential triggers
Would you like to feel empowered on your pathway to healing?
Get in touch to find out how Yoga may help you – your mind and body – reach a place of wellbeing, connection and recovery to start the next chapter in your life.