Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY) is different from the various types of yoga that are offered in the community. TSY is an evidence-based intervention that brings back a sense of empowerment and choice for people who may have felt choice-less and powerless. TSY is considered an adjunctive treatment for complex developmental trauma and is designed to be part of a persons overall treatment plan; therefore, a requirement of entry into TSY is that the participant be in individual therapy.
TSY considers the impact of trauma on the entire mind-body system, as opposed to other therapies, which are often used in isolation of the physical body. TSY is offered in smaller groups, uses invitational language, and does not have physical assists. This intervention helps people who have experienced trauma learn how to calm the mind and regain safety in their body by noticing and learning how to tolerate physical symptoms.
TSY can have both stimulating and soothing effects on physical and psycho-emotional levels. TSY encourages balance in the nervous system through sessions that incorporate both stimulating and sitting postures, and by encouraging participants to notice when they feel safe, soothed, and secure. Emphasis is given to present-state awareness and participants are given the opportunity to choose what brings them balance. Over time, participants build coping skills and make choices that support their transition from hyper- or hypo-arousal to a balanced state. These sessions include additional mindfulness, diaphragmatic breathing and relaxation exercises.
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