The body always leads us home… If we can learn to trust sensation and stay with it long enough for it to reveal appropriate action, movement, insight or feeling.

Pat Ogden

Trauma Sensitive Yoga

The Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is an evidence based adjunctive treatment for complex trauma and complex post traumatic stress disorder. TCTSY was developed by Dave Emerson at the Trauma Centre as part of the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline Massachusetts founded by Dr Bessel Van Der Kolk.

Trauma Sensitive Yoga classes help people who have experienced complex trauma and post-traumatic stress to gently reconnect with their bodies in a safe environment. TCTSY provides people with opportunities to:

  • Learn to be present
  • Practice making authentic choices
  • Experience taking effective action
  • Sense their environment
  • Connect with their bodies through breath

Trauma-Informed Yoga

Trauma-informed yoga is NOT TCTSY, however it incorporates core elements of TCTSY to provide a yoga space that is as neutral and non-triggering as possible. Trauma-informed yoga is suitable for people who may have experienced PTSD, trauma, stress, burn out, depression and/or anxiety.

What to expect from a trauma-informed yoga class?

  • A safe, non-judgemental and non-competitive space
  • NO hands-on adjustments or assists
  • Invitational language
  • Different options and choice over what you do with your body
  • Secular language – no sanskrit or chanting
  • Voicework is optional in group settings

Kylie holds a Bachelor of Education and Human Movement as well as a Master of International & Community Development. She is a fully registered school teacher and a Registered Level 1 Yoga Teacher with Yoga Australia. Kylie has completed foundational studies with the Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga.

Kylie has worked within the education and community sectors for the past 12 years. She has led the design and delivery of health and sexuality education programs as well as social and emotional learning programs in both primary and secondary schools.

She has worked with homeless and disadvantaged young people and LGBTIQ+ communities. Kylie has also worked with remote communities in East Timor who experienced injustice, discrimination and trauma.

Kylie teaches trauma-informed yoga with not-for-profit and community organisations in Darwin. Kylie is committed to creating yoga spaces that are inclusive and safe for all.

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