Trauma Sensitive Yoga Classes
We are thrilled to be one of the only locations in Michigan to offer Trauma Sensitive Yoga classes with a Certified Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Instructor. TSY is a research validated approach to help people overcome Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the effects that trauma has had on the body. It brings the body into treatment in a way where traditional talk therapy is not always able. TSY in combination with trauma informed talk therapy has show to have the best results in overcoming the symptoms of trauma.
TSY Class Schedule
January-February 2018 - $400 for 8 weeks ($50/class)
Women's Only Classes - Now pre-registering
This class is for adult women who are survivors of sexual abuse, violence, or domestic violance or have PTSD and struggle to feel safe in your own body. If you struggle with emotional regulation, your body seems to react to non-threatening situations as though you are at risk, this class is for you. This class will be a very small 4-5 participant class offered on the weekends or evenings depending on participant interest and availability.
Children and Teen - Now pre-registering
This class is for children and teens who have suffered from sexual abuse or violence or have been in families where domestic violence was prevalent. Classes will be offered to small groups of 4-5 kids within the same age range. We are pre-registering participants who have an interest in participating along with availability so we can create a group that will best suit the needs of the families and children attending.
What is Trauma Sensitive Yoga?
Trauma Center Trauma-sensitive yoga is based on three theoretical underpinnings:
- Trauma Theory
- Attachment Theory
From our theoretical underpinnings we get three treatment goals related to TCTSY
- Engage in Interoceptive Pathways in the brain (neuroscience)
- Empowerment (Trauma Theory)
- Rebuild and/or strengthen our relationships-self and other (Attachment Theory)
In TSY, we use two key themes, practice making choices, and present moment experience
At the root of trauma and PTSD is an experience that involves extreme lack of choice. With specific yoga exercises we can invite our students to begin to make choices again in direct relationship to their experience. Choice for the sake of choice. There are two basic styles of language that we use. The language of inquiry or interoception, (always connected to a body part)
- Focus on…
- “As you are ready”
- “When you are ready”
- “You can always modify to suit your experience”
- “Feel free to come out of this form for any reason, at any time”
We use the word “form” instead of “pose”
We do not do physical assists in our trauma sensitive yoga class, we use verbal assists and demonstrate forms.
“The goal of treatment of PTSD is to help people live in the present, without feeling or behaving according to irrelevant demands belonging to the past.” Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk
Each yoga form is an opportunity to have a present moment experience. Recognizing that trauma survivors are often stuck in a body/breath/mind that is relating to past conditions let’s call attention to what’s happening right here right now. In TCTSY the word for “present moment experience” is interoception. When your Physical Reality and your Neurophysiological Reality are in sync, you are present.
Trauma sensitive language tends to be concrete and visceral. We are not asking trauma survivors to imagine some out of body state, but rather to experience what’s happening in their body right now.