Trauma-Sensitive Yoga

What is trauma-sensitive yoga?

Trauma-sensitive yoga is a modified form of yoga with the goal of helping individuals regain comfort in their bodies, counteract rumination, and improve self-regulation. The intention of this new style of yoga therapy is not to bring up emotions or memories, but instead to help people increase body awareness and to gain an understanding of what is happening inside their bodies. This is so people can learn how to release built up tension, and reduce and control fear and tolerate sensation. 

How does trauma affect the body?

Psychological trauma occurs when an individual has a series of experiences that result in an injury that changes the way the brain functions. Trauma can trigger a chronic response to the body. Individuals who suffer from psychological trauma have difficulty soothing their overactive internal sensations. Many people turn to external solutions such as eating, substances, or self-harm. Trauma-sensitive yoga offers a complementary method to traditional therapy by allowing traumatized individuals to reconnect with and identify their own physical sensations.

What are the physiological effects of trauma-sensitive yoga?

The techniques of trauma-sensitive yoga lighten the effects on the body’s nervous system. The mindfulness and meditation of trauma-sensitive yoga will allow the mind to maintain awareness of the individual’s body while remaining in a calm state of mind. Research shows that trauma- sensitive yoga can reduce the overall intensity of the stress response and improve the individuals ability to self-sooth. 

How does someone begin trauma-sensitive therapy?

Many yoga instructors who specialize in trauma are teaching private and group classes online. Organizations with TCTSY- certified instructors include, TCTSY, Yoga for Medicine, Exhale to Inhale.

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