Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY) is a research-based practice that is intended to support people in therapy for trauma--one event, several or chronic trauma. Medical trauma, as well as physical, emotional and mental abuse trauma, social stigma trauma--all directly impact our relationships with ourselves and others. TSY allows survivors to experience sensation in the body through simple postures and in small groups in a trauma informed safe space. In this way, they may be able to begin to experience the relaxation response in their bodies and to become more available to what is happening in the present. Trauma Informed Yoga classes are available, too, for residential, recovery, or other like programs. Visit www.traumasensitiveyoga.com for research, samples, and information.
Students often find out about TSY through their therapist, sometimes a dear friend. They contact me by phone or email and we talk about whether or not TSY seems like a good support at this time in their healing work. If it is, then I send a packet for them to complete with their therapist.
TSY for Women and TSY for Men are taught as separate series at Center for Health Insight (CHI), 98 Second St., Hallowell, ME. CHI is a handi-cap accessible building with a trauma-informed private room for TSY.
Each season, I run a 8-week series at CHI on a Monday or Wednesday at noon or at 4:30 PM. Classes are 45-minutes long with time enough to integrate and talk constructively about the yoga or share self-help ideas with eachother, like how to get more sleep or handle anxious thoughts off the mat, if students want.
Center for Health Insight, Hallowell
Family Violence Project Shelter
Day One Recovery
Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Services (SAPARS) Support Groups, Lewiston & Farmington
Sexual Assault Support Services in Midcoast Maine (SASSMM) Support Groups, Belfast & Brunswick
Spurwink School, Cornville & Randolph
Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MECASA) Conference
University of New England School of Social Work Trauma Program
Panacea School of Integrative Health, Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)
Big White Barn YTT
Downtown Yoga YTT
School Street Yoga
Auburn YMCA Trauma Informed Principles for Teachers Workshop
Sea Change Trauma Conference
Northern Light Collaborative of Therapists
VA Togus for staff
Since I’ve taken TSY, I’m more aware of my body and I’m able to make better choices to take care of myself! --K.
Recently, the hood of my car flew open and slammed against the windshield as I drove on the highway at 70 mph. Miraculously, I was able to pull over safely. I struggled to get my brain working to take the appropriate steps to get help. As I do almost daily, I used TSY techniques Beth taught me to be able to respond to the situation and get the help I needed. --K.
Beth does an outstanding job of making her students feel safe, comfortable, and that their information is private. She does not ask about trauma history, and with her deep knowledge of TSY she doesn't need to. Her classes are always on time and she provides great flexibility throughout the class in giving people options to make the class feel like their own. Additionally, as a veteran it has been helpful for me to connect with other veterans. It takes a big leap, but I highly recommend connecting with Beth! --M.
I have participated in TSY for a at least 3 sessions. When I first started I was ashamed of my body and I had a disconnect from it. The shame interfered with my relationship with my husband (50 yes married in September). Today I can honestly say that I have come to like my body and appreciate the wonderful things it does for me. I have also learned how the yoga helps me to focus and breathe when stressed. The relationship with my husband is so much more relaxed. much I truly recommend this practice for anyone who has suffered any traumatic event. --J.