Trauma Sensitive Yoga
Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is a program of the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at the Justice Resource Institute (JRI), USA.
Originally developed in 2003 at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, the program has expanded since 2015 with licensed trainers throughout Europe and Australia.
TCTSY is a model of yoga developed by David Emerson in conjunction with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk. It is an empirically validated, clinical intervention and adjunctive therapy for chronic, treatment resistant PTSD and complex trauma, and has its underpinnings in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, Neuroscience and Hatha Yoga.
TCTSY has been found to be an effective adjunct treatment for many physical/mental health challenges and/or when one feels disconnected from their body's interoceptive experience or felt sense of self.
TCTSY has been facilitated in Australia since 2015 by teachers and clinicians who have been trained in our 300 hour, TCTSY Certification. Maria is the only TCTSY facilitator in Hobart, and is 1 of 4 trainers of this model within Australasia.
Facilitators are licenced by JRI to deliver classes, and trainers/supervisors have done additional studies to deliver foundational 20 hour trainings for professional development, as well as the annual 300 hour training in conjunction with US and Europe, commencing each September through to April.
TCTSY is open to all people regardless of age, gender identity, race, ethnicity, body type and physical ability.
TCTSY Faculty/Trainers/Supervisors in Australasia are Maria Jude, Kristen Pringle, Edwina Kempe & Joan Greaves
For all 20 hour CFTE foundational workshops in TCTSY please click here -
CFTE 300hr TCTSY Certification Program for Yoga Teachers and Mental Health Career Professionals, please click here
Upcoming 2023 Workshops facilitated by Maria/Centre of Balance :
Next workshops will be in 2024 (dates to be confirmed, delivery both within Hobart and online)
Currently the 2023/24 300hr/7month certification in TCTSY is in progress.
VIDEO: What is TCTSY?
A TCTSY class - What to expect:
Participants are required to be in therapy, or have access to a therapist.
Class size is limited to 12 participants - please contact Maria if you would like a support person to attend with you.
Invitation for Mental Health Clinicians: 1 complimentary class is offered to provide information and experience of TCTSY - please contact Maria to book,
Terms are run in conjunction with Tasmanian school terms . Ideal length of attendance is 10 weeks.
No yoga experience is necessary.
We will be practising yoga together as a way to notice what we feel in our bodies, and to practice making choices about what to do with our body based on what we feel.
TCTSY is offered in a safe, suppostive, non-judgemental environment.
No hands-on, physical assists during class.
Classes are an opportunity for participants to explore yoga forms and breathing for their own benefit, experiencing present moment awareness of embodiment.
For all enquiries, please contact Maria