Trauma-Sensitive Yoga


This class is taught by:
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, over 50% of men and women in the US experience at least one trauma in their lives. About 7 or 8 out of every 100 people (or 7-8% of the US population) will have PTSD at some point in their lives. The Centers for Disease Control stated that nearly a third of U.S. youth age 12-17 have experienced two or more types of childhood trauma that are likely to affect their physical and mental health as adults.

The purpose of this workshop is not to provide trauma treatment, but to provide education on how yoga teachers can be more aware and skillful when working with trauma survivors. In this workshop you will:

• Gain an overview of the physiological and psychological impacts of trauma
• Understand how yoga practice may be triggering for trauma survivors
• Learn the basic theory underlying Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY)
• Understand how to make your Yoga classes safer and more supportive for trauma survivors
• Experience a TCTSY practice

Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is a specific approach to yoga practice that has been developed to support trauma survivors in the healing process. TCTSY leverages the mind-body connection in ways that help survivors address diverse symptoms of traumatic stress and cultivate a more favorable relationship to their bodies. The development of TCTSY began in 2002, when David Emerson, a yoga teacher working with military veterans and teens in residential treatment, and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, a clinical psychiatrist and researcher in the area of posttraumatic stress, collaborated to create a yoga program that was appropriate for patients at the Trauma Center in Brookline, MA.

Rowan Silverberg, PhD(c), LMT, E-RYT 500, has been teaching yoga in the Greater Cleveland area since 1990 and has over 25 years of experience in the field of integrative and preventive healthcare. Currently a doctoral candidate at Saybrook University’s College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, Rowan collaborates with Cleveland Rape Crisis Center to offer trauma-sensitive yoga to survivors of rape and sexual assault. Rowan has been certified to teach this practice by the Trauma Center in Brookline, MA.

Investment: $50