Helen Mison – Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Teacher
Foundation Training with Trauma Centre for Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Melbourne, Australia – Affiliated to Trauma Centre, Brookline, Massachusetts, USA
Trauma is more common than most people realise – approx. 60% of men and 50% of women experience at least one trauma event in your lifetime, according to National Centre for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TSY) is an evidence-based practice, specific to supporting adults and youth who have experienced trauma, including PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
TSY can assist you in managing your stress and symptoms of anxiety and trauma, according to the Mayo Clinic. A study published in 2014 in the Journal of Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice suggested that trauma-sensitive yoga is a promising approach for survivors of trauma.
The objective of trauma-sensitive yoga therapy is not to access emotions or dredge up trauma memories, but rather to help you heighten your body awareness – to notice what is happening inside your body, to learn to release tension, reduce and control fears and nervous system overwhelming arousals.
TSY practice is based on the growing understanding that trauma takes a heavy toll on the body and the brain. When the body absorbs and anticipates trauma, you are more likely to experience hyper arousal, hyper vigilance, and sometimes an inability to calm yourself. At the same time, your body responds by dampening or closing down sensations (disassociation). You may then, avoid stimuli and your body can become numb.
How Trauma-Sensitive Yoga at Serenity Health Studio Can Help Individuals and Families
TSY helps my clients to learn how to calm their minds and regulate their physical responses and emotions. Added to this is the ability to be able to learn how to recognise and tolerate physical sensations and help regain a feeling of safety inside your body, as trauma is often stored in the body.
TSY is a body-based therapy, which may act as a treatment bridge, increasing a sense of awareness, safety and mastery over one’s body while building skills to effectively interpret and tolerate physiological states. Clients of TSY are well supported to help restore a sense of balance and regulation to your nervous system.
TSY is different from other forms of yoga in that the emphasis is on helping you, the client feel safe and giving you more choices about how to practice yoga movements, even whether or not you should attempt certain movements. It provides healing for people dealing with trauma, as well as techniques to cope with emotional scars while boosting physical well-being.
This information is primarily referenced from:
Centre for Trauma and Embodiment at the Justice Resource Institute.
For more information, please visit www.traumasensitiveyoga.com
How is Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Practiced at Serenity Health Studio?
I offer private lessons and group classes which include physical yoga movements, breathing exercises, relaxation and mindfulness, helping you to be in the moment.
With gentle guidance my clients are encouraged to see this as their own personal practice and shape it however they choose. This practice helps you heal from the inside out when coping with trauma.
TSY is very much about offering individual choices. It can be practiced on a chair, standing, on a yoga mat on the floor, or a combination of all three.
You will also be encouraged to also undergo some form of counselling therapy, when necessary, in conjunction with your TSY sessions.
TSY is a process of healing, which is best scheduled once a week with a TSY teacher for a period of 5 or 10 weeks. Sessions are either private lessons or in a group class with other clients (classes have a maximum of 10 clients) with all sessions running for one hour.
What to Bring to your Trauma-Sensitive session?
Please bring your own yoga mat, it must be strong and made with non-slip material. Chairs are provided for those who choose this option. A yoga bolster or two cushions will be great to support you in postures. A light blanket or towel for relaxation, plus a water bottle.
Private lessons and group classes are available for yoga for trauma therapy. There are a maximum of 10 participants for group classes.
If you are under 18 years of age you are required to have a guardian or support person 18+ years of age with you for private lessons and classes.
Pricing for private lessons and classes are available to view when you click “made a booking button”. Current pricing options allow for a support person when required. In some cases, funding
for private lessons and classes may be provided by your health care support agency.
Before making a class booking please contact us for current group class timetable.
Saving package offered for this service, pricing available to view once you click “make a
An extra ten minutes is added to all massage treatments and yoga lessons for personalised care and
guidance to best assist with your treatments and lifestyle.
Private health insurance rebates are available for massage therapy treatments.Prices
Yoga for Trauma Therapy
Private Lesson 60 minutes $90
Private Lessons Package 5 x 60 minute lessons $425
Classes 10 x 60 minutes $200
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Private Lessons at Serenity Health Studio
Adults and youth (if you under 18 you must have a guardian/support adult attending and participating with you).
Packages are for 1 or 2 participants.
In some cases, funding for private lessons or classes may be provided by your health care support agency.