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 yoga sessions

  • Individual embodied counselling 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.

  • You can also find Edwina mentoring and lecturing on the TCTSY 300hr Certification Training Program for yoga teachers and mental health professionals.

What to expect in a class/session:

Although TCTSY employs physical forms and movements, the emphasis is not on the external expression or appearance (i.e. doing it "right".  Rather, the focus is on the internal experience of the participant.   By focusing on the felt sense of the body to inform choice-making, TCTSY enables participants to restore their connection of mind and body and cultivate a sense of agency that is compromised as a result of trauma. 

  • 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 covering QLD, NSW and NT, under the supervision of TCTSY pioneers David Emerson and Jenn Turner.  Edwina has facilitated yoga programs with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, children in foster care, people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds, women who have experienced sexual assault and veterans.

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

TCTSY Australia www.tctsyaustralia.com

The Trauma Center at JRI www.traumacenter.org

Trauma Sensitive Yoga http://www.traumasensitiveyoga.com

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