TRAUMA SENSITIVE YOGA & EMBODIED MOVEMENT HALF-DAY RETREAT
NEXT RETREAT TO BE HELD MAY OR JUNE, 2024. DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED.
This retreat is specifically for individuals with histories of trauma or Complex trauma. Together we will practice GENTLE trauma sensitive yoga and embodied movement and breath practices to help you connect with your body in a safe way, in a safe environment, and at your own pace. You don't have to be flexible, fit or strong and NO yoga experience or special yoga clothes are required.
RETREAT SCHEDULE & CONTENT
10:00 - 11:10: Trauma sensitive yoga movement, embodiment and breath practice.
5 min break: Tea and snacks provided
11:15 - 12:00: Educational Power Point presentation covering topics of PTSD, Complex trauma, the impact of trauma on the nervous system, neurobiology of trauma and trauma responses, and tools for trauma recovery. Questions and discussion.
12:00 - 12:30: Lunch outdoors on the beautiful and secluded grounds of the Crows End Retreat Center. Please BRING your own lunch.
12:30 - 1:15: Educational Power Point presentation continued. Questions and discussion.
5 min break: Tea and snacks provided
1:20 - 2:30: Trauma sensitive yoga movement, embodiment and breath practice. Closing.
You are welcome to read more about trauma-sensitive yoga in the sections below.
Register w/ Leslie @ 805-724-6675 or message her at this site. Pre-registration required.
This HALF-DAY RETREAT IS LIMITED TO 9 PARTICIPANTS. COVID vaccination required.
PLEASE NOTE: This retreat is NOT a trauma therapy or trauma processing group or space, nor is it a substitute for therapy. Participants will not be sharing their trauma histories / stories and will be asked to respect the privacy and confidentiality of other participants.
Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is an empirically validated clinical intervention and complementary treatment for complex trauma or chronic, treatment resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The TCTSY methodology is based on central components of the hatha style of yoga, modified to build trauma survivors’ experiences of empowerment and connection with their bodies, in a safe way, at their own pace, completely in charge of their own experience.
In TCTSY participants engage in practicing simple yoga forms, movements and breathing. TCTSY does not use physical hands-on adjustments to influence a participant’s physical form, and the emphasis in not on the appearance, (i.e. doing it “right”), or receiving approval of an external authority. Rather, the focus is on the internal experience of the participant.
TCTSY is built on the foundations of Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory and Neuroscience and uses key elements of interoception, shared authentic experience and choice making.
Developed at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, TCTSY is the only yoga intervention approved by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (SAMHSA / NREPP) as an evidence-based practice for treating complex trauma and PTSD.
Sessions for Trauma Survivors
Together we will practice forms, movements and breathing to help you connect with your body in a safe way and at your own pace. This practice has no hands-on assists, and no yoga prior experience is necessary. The practices can be done in a chair, or on a yoga mat. You don’t have to be flexible, fit or strong, and no special yoga clothes are required. We start where you are.
Individual and small group sessions are available. If you are not my psychotherapy client, it is strongly advised that participants be in individual therapy in order to have a place to process their experience.
Sessions for Social Services / Health Care Agencies
For Your Clients; TCTSY is a wonderful complementary therapy for clients with trauma backgrounds to practice stress reduction and self-care, and to learn interoception; the ability to identify internal bodily sensations and stimuli.
Self-care for Helping Professionals; TCTSY can serve as a valuable self-care practice for social service staff, health care workers and other helping professionals. Please contact me to schedule an introductory in-service workshop, or a series of classes for your organization.
Workshops for Yoga studios, Yoga teachers, Mental Health clinicians and Social Service agencies
WELCOME ALL, including yoga teachers, yoga students, mental health clinicians, interested in an afternoon of Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga education and practice. Learn about the neurobiology of Trauma and how yoga can help overcome Trauma. No yoga experience necessary. This is NOT a yoga class, though we will engage in some gentle Trauma-Sensitive practice on chairs and mats.
I offer a three hour “Introduction to TCTSY” workshop which covers the foundations and key elements of TCTSY. The workshop includes an experiential practice and time for questions and discussion. It can be useful for yoga teachers and mental health clinicians alike and is also intended to support those working in the mental health field, to bring the body into treatment when working with people with trauma histories, or for anyone interested in trauma-sensitivity in general. Please contact me to schedule a workshop at your studio or organization.
Link to Leslie's TCTSY profile