What is it?
It’s yoga for trauma survivors. It stands for Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga. It’s a model that was developed at the Centre for Trauma and Embodiment at the Justice Resource Institute in Massachusetts in the US. TCTSY has five core elements: choice-making; present moment experience; invitational language; shared authentic experience and non-coercion. It aims to create a safe space and a trustful relationship with the facilitator.
How is it different from a general yoga class?
It is completely choice-based, so you never have to do anything you don’t want to do. There is no right or wrong. We are making movements, or, shapes, or forms, rather than ‘postures’. You can practice it sitting on the floor, or on a chair, or standing up. It’s up to you. You can close your eyes or keep them open. There are choices within each movement. You are in control of what you do, or do not do. You are welcome to just watch if you prefer.
Is it therapy?
It’s a therapeutic adjunct, an ‘add-on’ to talking therapies. Talking is cognitive – it happens in the mind; TCTSY is about your body. It’s a somatic (bodily) approach to recovery. We may repeat the same moves week after week until we feel ready to try some new 'shapes'. We aim for predictability, so this would only happen if it was agreed. The power dynamics are equal between the facilitator and the client. All decisions are shared.
Question and Answer Session
You are invited to contact your facilitator for an informal chat and to find out if TCTSY could help you - or group you support - to recover from relational trauma.
Are you a survivor?
Or perhaps you work with survivors in your capacity as a clinician or counsellor. You may recognise how this highly specialised practice could be a tool in the recovery of survivors.
Please get in touch for a confidential conversation with Dr. Lou.