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I feel deeply privileged to be doing the work I am doing, of being allowed into the deepest depths and the lightest joys of people's lives and relationships. It is such relationships and my own yoga practice that has given me a sense of calm and of being at home in the world and in my body. I believe this (re)connection to self and others is an empowering part of healing and recovery. I hope to facilitate a safe space in which you can experience your self, your body and your breath as a pathway to healing; as a pathway to be.
I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which I live and work - the Jagera, Turrbal and Jinibara peoples. I pay my respects to the elders past present and future and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded in this country. I recognise not only the individual experience of trauma, racism, and oppression of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, but also the collective, cultural, and inter-generational nature of trauma and the sorrow and shame this casts on this country's history.
I am a white human who uses the pronouns she, her, hers.
Edwina (fondly known as Eddie) is a Brisbane based Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, trauma-sensitive yoga facilitator, trainer, counsellor, and social worker. Edwina believes that connection in a safe relationship and a reconnection to the body and breath through yoga can provide empowering and embodied tools for people who have experienced trauma and can ultimately be a part of their pathway to healing. Edwina's framework is deeply trauma informed and draws on values of social justice and human rights, with a deep belief that connection to self forms an important part of social activism and systemic change. She has a Masters in Social Work Studies and a Bachelor of Arts (Peace and Conflict Studies) with First Class Honours in International Relations. Edwina completed her initial 350 hour Level 1 yoga teacher training with the renowned Kate Pell and Dan Alder and a subsequent 300 hour certification in Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) through the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, Massachusetts. In 2016, Edwina became a Licensed Trainer, Supervisor and Lecturer with the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at Justice Resource Institute and is the Queensland Director of TCTSY Australia. Edwina was the first TCTSY Facilitator and is the only Licensed trainer in Queensland.
Edwina has been working in the community sector and private practice for 10 years. Edwina's services currently include:
Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI accredited Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training Workshops
Thank you so much for providing a safe, warm and welcoming environment for the Yoga Program. During the course of the program I have learned that yoga isn't only for the class but it's something you can take into your everyday life. I have learned to slow down, breathe and to connect into my body more on a daily basis. I no longer push my body through pain as I have realized there are different options I can take. I feel I am now honouring my body more by these choices and am finding some physical relief as a result. Emotionally and mentally I am more gentle on myself also, and I'm finding space within my day to simple slow down and breathe.
I thank you for this as this was demonstrated through the program.
As a teacher, I found you equally as gentle and welcoming. Your presence was both nurturing and calming which assured me that there was a great level of safety from you, and the program which was important for me in attending.
Participant in 10 week Trauma Sensitive Yoga Program, Brisbane
I found the trauma yoga practice incredibly useful. Primarily it was a time each week that I was able to nurture myself and practice being gentle with my body. It was the gentleness that I most liked about these yoga sessions. I really enjoyed the way you, Edwina at all times offered choices about how we could move, affirming the notion that we know what’s best for our body.
Fi, Participant in 10 week Trauma Sensitive Yoga Program, Brisbane
It’s difficult to put into words how much I love Eddie’s yoga classes, but what I can say is that her authentic, kind and generous spirit creates a space for yoga that is safe, supportive and nurturing. I always leave Eddie’s classes feeling restored, with a more open heart and a renewed excitement for yoga practice, both on and off the mat. Eddie has something very special to offer….I can’t recommend her highly enough!