Integrating the Body within our Therapeutic Relationships using the tools of Trauma Sensitive Yoga – 2 Day Workshop
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Integrating the Body within our Therapeutic Relationships using the tools of Trauma Sensitive Yoga – 2 Day Workshop

A 2 day weekend workshop for health professionals, mental health workers and yoga teachers with an interest in making their current practice and classes more trauma informed

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A 2 day workshop for health professionals, mental health workers and yoga teachers with a keen interest making their current clinical practice and yoga classes more trauma informed, whilst gaining confidence and practical skills to take back to their practise.

On completion of this 2 day workshop you will gain an understanding of the core concepts of Trauma Sensitive Yoga and techniques to imminently implement into your current practice.  Trauma Sensitive Yoga is a proven treatment for survivors of trauma and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) offering effective healing and symptom reduction.  It is a clinically validated method of yoga developed and researched by Bessel van der Kolk at his Trauma Centre in the US.

Trauma Sensitive Yoga has foundations in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, Neuroscience and Hatha Yoga practice with an emphasis on mind body connection, movement and breathing.

The tools of Trauma Sensitive Yoga create a safe place where people can begin to reconnect with their bodies and over time clients learn to be present and begin to experience the effects of taking positive action and making choices. This gentle yoga is designed specifically for those who are already in counselling, psychotherapy, EMDR or those in close contact with their GP.

During the 2 day workshop we will explore:

What is Trauma Sensitive Yoga

  • The importance of research and funding to support TSY being used in clinical setting with trauma survivors and vulnerable people
  • Safety: Why the core principles of TSY keep trauma survivors and vulnerable people safe
  • Understanding what may feel unsafe in a regular yoga class for trauma survivors and vulnerable people
  • How the tools of TSY can be practically applied in the therapy room and yoga studio
  • Healing and learning from Neuroscience. Befriending the body using TSY tools for Synchronicity, Rhythmicity and Play in healing

The 4 Therapeutic Goals of Trauma Sensitive Yoga

a)  Practising Making Choices

“You can’t remind me enough that I have choices”
TSY Student

b)  Present Moment Experience & Interoception

“The single most important issues for traumatized people is to find a sense of safety in their own bodies”
– Dr. Bessel van der Kolk    

For further information, please click here to watch a video by Bessel van der Kolk on Interoception and Yoga.

c)  Taking Effective Action

“is there something you can do now to make yourself feel more comfortable?”
– TSY Teacher

d)  Creating Rhythms

“The brain in trauma has lost its ability to distinguish past from present, and as a result cannot adapt to the future”
– Robert Scaer

Exploring time, losing a sense of rhythm in relation to others and feeling awkward and stuck in our body

The Empowering Language of Trauma Sensitive Yoga

  • Sharing power, Not directing or telling people what to do with their bodies
  • Empowering survivors: Interventions that empower survivors foster recovery

Theoretical Underpinnings of TSY

  • Trauma Theory: A history of complex trauma and the body
  • Attachment Theory: Understanding of attachment and trauma
  • Neuroscience: How does TSY affect our brains
  • Hatha Yoga: What type of Yoga is the root of TSY

Exploring implications of TSY in our client work

  • Ethics: Ethical Practice and responsibility when working with clients
  • Boundaries: Where are they?
  • Safety: Is yoga safe?
  • Research needs for this work

Tools for Healing

  • The future for the tools of Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Physical practise

  • Attendees will have extensive opportunity to experience and practise the tools of Trauma Sensitive Yoga during the 2 day workshop, to “get it in the muscle” and integrate these tools in their practise

Learning outcomes for attendees:

  •  An understanding of the clinical evidence supporting Trauma Sensitive Yoga and benefits for trauma survivors, vulnerable people and positive mental health
  • Practical Trauma Sensitive Yoga tools for both the therapy room and yoga studio
  •  Accessible yoga resources – Reading list, Audio and Online practices

Note:  delegates must complete both days of the course.   There is not an option to attend one day only.

Your trainer:

Lorna Evans is an integrative Psychotherapist registered with UKCP & BACP, holding an MSc in Body Awareness & Psychotherapy and PGDip in Integrative Psychotherapy.   Lorna has been practising yoga for over 25 years and has taught yoga across the world since 2006.  Lorna has trained with Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Centre and is working with David Emmerson, Author of Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga & Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy: Bringing the Body into Treatment.  Lorna proudly teaches Trauma Sensitive Yoga at the NHS Recovery College, Mind and many other trauma survivor groups across the UK.

Equipment & Experience: 

No yoga experience is required to attend this workshop, just an interest in yoga and the body.
On the day of the workshop please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat and blanket.
Spare yoga mats will be available on the day for you to use if you don’t have one.

This workshop will be delivered over 2 days and will provide 11 hours of CPD.   Course hours will be:

9.30 am – 4.00 pm – Saturday 20th June 2020
10.00 am – 4.00 pm – Sunday 21st June 2020

This workshop is not designed to qualify participants to be a trauma sensitive yoga teacher, yoga teacher, yoga therapist, mindfulness instructor, or trauma therapist. Instead, the workshop seeks to provide knowledge and skills to enhance the existing skills of therapists or yoga teachers within their existing scope of practice. Further training and support via supervision or personal therapy is always recommended when integrating new approaches into one’s existing work.

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Please note, our training room is on the first floor and is accessed by stairs.     If you have any special requirements, or if you need to advise us of anything before booking or attending the training, then please contact us.


Jesmond Therapy Centre, Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
7 Holly Avenue West, Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE2 2AR United Kingdom
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0191 281 2167

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