With yoga, I reclaimed my body. That is a gift because I so hated my by body....I think yoga helped define me.  It was a long process to consider myself not an outline...Just inhabiting my own skin is a major step forward."

Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Particpant

Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is an empirically validated, adjunctive clinical treatment for complex trauma or chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD. Developed by David Emerson at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute (Founder Dr Bessel van der Kolk) in Brookline, Massacheusetts. TCTSY has foundations in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, Neuroscience, and Hatha Yoga practice with an emphasis on mindful body-based yoga forms and breathing practices. More and more, the body is being acknowledged as a pathway to healing trauma.  Researchers  are illuminating the somatic impact of trauma and clinical trials and follow up qualitative studies have provided the evidence base to demonstrate the efficacy of TCTSY in reducing the symptoms of complex trauma and PTSD.


Trauma Sensitive Yoga classes help survivors of complex trauma and post-traumatic stress to gently reconnect with their bodies in a safe environment, giving people the opportunity to:

  • learn to be present

  • practice making choices

  • experience taking effective action

  • sense their environment

  • connect with the body through breath


Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) services provided include:

  • Individual sessions

  • Small group classes

  • Tailored Trauma Sensitive Yoga programs for clients accessing a range of organisations, services, and hospitals.

  • Short information sessions on Trauma Sensitive Yoga for a range of workplaces and service environments.

  • 20hr TCTSY Foundational Workshops for yoga teachers, health professionals, and mental health workers.

What to expect in a class/session:

  • NO hands on assists or adjustments

  • Invitational Language

  • Different options and complete choice over what you do with your body

  • In group classes, participants don't have to talk to others

Edwina is the first yoga teacher to have completed Certification in Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) and the only Licensed Trainer in Queensland, under the supervision of TCTSY pioneer David Emerson. Edwina is also a Supervisor and Lecturer on the Center for Trauma and Embodiment's TCTSY Certification Program.  Edwina has facilitated yoga programs with children in foster care, asylum seekers and refugees, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and young women who have experienced sexual assault.

For more information, resources, and for links to the evidence base of TCTSY:

TCTSY Australia

The Trauma Center at JRI

Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Edwina Kempe

Counselling & Social Work 

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga  

Supervision & Training

0468 746 121

Copyright 2018 Edwina Kempe

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