You’re Not Going to Get a Six-Pack Doing Trauma Sensitive Yoga. Ok, So What is Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY)?
I always joke that you definitely are not going to get six-pack abs doing TSY! You also will not sweat your body weight. Or contort your body into awkward poses or anything else that might be a preconceived notion of what a yoga class is like. Yoga has become an extremely popular activity in our communities. However, many of the yoga classes out there are geared more towards exercise and athletics with a smaller emphasis on connection to body and breath.
I struggle sometimes with even calling it “Yoga” because it conjures up a specific idea in our mind and then prompts the long list of “reasons why I can’t/won’t do yoga” (more on this in a later post). I toyed with the idea of changing the name and calling it Trauma Sensitive Movement to get away with the “yoga” name and that also seemed a bit off. So alas, I kept the trauma sensitive yoga title as it really is yoga, but it is very different than what we traditionally see being marketed out there.
TSY is based off the Hatha yoga tradition that focuses more on exploring the individual postures in a slow and gentle manner where each posture is held for several breaths. In contrast, many of the classes in our communities are vinyasa style classes which move much more quickly and often only have 1 breath per movement. There is a wonderful benefit to practicing in a vinyasa style class. In fact, this is what I practice the majority of time in my own yoga practice, however, TSY is NOT a vinyasa style class.
TSY is a safe and gentle way for individuals to experiment with being comfortable in their body. Through experimentation with breathing, poses, movement, stretching and strengthening I aim to reconnect survivors with the greatest source of wisdom; their bodies. Studies have shown that TSY increases interoception (our 6th sense), decreases PTSD symptoms, increases the ability to remain grounded in the present moment and more fully develop a sense of self.
Below are some items to consider when determining if this is the right fit for you.
- No experience needed. Classes are made accessible to everyone, regardless of physical ability.
- No hands-on assisting by instructor, ever.
- Class size limited to 10
- Please bring your own mat.
- This is an open group.
- Payment is due upon admission.
Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY) Starts March 15th
***Space is limited to 10 participants***
The class will be: Every Other Thursday afternoon from 4:30-5:30 at 5366 S Bannock Street Littleton, CO 80120 (Located inside the Overstreet Dance Studio).
Parking on Bannock Street is easiest. Signs will be posted to assist with finding the room.
While this series is starting up for women I am really looking forward to offering a men’s class on the corresponding Thursday’s in the same location and the same time! Please click here to sign up for the Men’s Trauma Sensitive Yoga class list.
As always, it is my sincere privilege to offer up this space for healing.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions or comments.