Trauma Centre Trauma-Sensitive Yoga
Bringing your body into treatment
1st Facilitator in Atlantic Canada: Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) with Katrina Crowson
𑁍 Learn to trust your body- maybe after an injury or difficult life experience.
𑁍 Notice sensation in your body while you move, strengthen and stretch your muscles.
𑁍 Practice making choices in your yoga lesson so that you feel safe and supported.
You are in charge of your yoga practice and your body.
There are no hands-on assists in TCTSY. All yoga forms suggested are an invitation to practice yoga at your own pace. You are free to follow along or add variations and rest when you need it.
TCTSY is Hatha Yoga with an emphasis on a body-based experience. Yoga forms are not prescribed but suggested for a practice that we can do together.
TCTSY is empirically validated and was developed to be an adjunct to therapy for those who are experiencing complex trauma or treatment resistant traumatic stress (PTSD).
History of the TCTSY
Dave Emerson and Bessel van der Kolk – author of The Body Keeps the Score– began a collaboration in 2002 that resulted in coining the term Trauma-Sensitive Yoga. The project was for Dave to begin teaching yoga at the Trauma Center, and for van der Kolk and colleagues to study it. After two pilot studies from 2003-2006, the Trauma Center received the first grant ever given to study yoga for trauma, for PTSD. The Trauma Centre is at the Justice Resource Institute in Massachusetts USA, founded by Bessel van der Kolk. TCTSY has foundations in trauma theory, attachment theory, and neuroscience.
“The goal of treatment of PTSD is to help people live in the present, without feeling or behaving according to irrelevant demands to the past”
Bessel van der Kolk
How does TCTSY differ from traditional yoga?
TCTSY is not about the yoga forms, but about having a present moment experience with your body, movement and muscle dynamics like stretching and strengthening . You are invited to notice sensation in your body and make choices in your practice.
□ no imagery. The language used in a TCTSY lesson is concrete.
□ no hands-on assistance. You are in charge of your body.
□ lots of repetition.
□ no commands. The language used is invitational.
We use yoga forms to practice making choices, to notice how we feel in our body, and to learn that we are in charge of our body. Would you like to try it?
To book a one-on-one lesson or to join a group class in Halifax or Dartmouth NS, contact Katrina by email.