Trauma Sensitive Practices

Jo's approach to teaching and facilitating is grounded in mental health awareness and trauma-sensitivity. This approach is informed by an understanding of the psychological and physiological impacts of trauma and adverse life circumstances on both individuals and groups.

Trauma sensitive yoga

Trauma sensitive yoga (TSY) has a myriad of forms and interpretations, ranging from modalities that are broadly informed by the principles of trauma theory and neuroscience, to empirically validated clinical interventions like Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) and iRest Yoga Nidra® .

In addition to her certifications in TCTSY and iRest® , Jo has undertaken training in broader trauma-sensitive somatic modalities, mindfulness and facilitation techniques. Depending on the client or staff group, Jo facilitates TCTSY, iRest or a specifically designed integration of body-centred mindfulness techniques. 

What is TCTSY?

Developed at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, TCTSY is an empirically validated, clinical intervention for complex trauma or chronic, treatment resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The TCTSY program is included in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) database published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

In addition to yoga, TCTSY has foundations in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, and Neuroscience. The TCTSY methodology is based on central components of the hatha style of yoga, where participants engage in a series of physical forms and movements. Elements of traditional hatha yoga are modified to build trauma survivors’ experiences of empowerment and cultivate a more positive relationship to one’s body. Unlike many public yoga classes, TCTSY does not use physical, hands-on adjustments to influence a participant’s physical form. Rather, TCTSY presents opportunities for participants to be in charge of themselves based on a felt sense of their own body.

To read the research relating to TCTSY, click here 

Jo has undertaken 300 hours of training and supervised practice in TCTSY, and is a registered TCTSY Facilitator. 

What is iRest Yoga Nidra?

Based on ancient yogic teachings, iRest Yoga Nidra® is a trauma-sensitive, evidence-based meditation intervention, offered by trained facilitators as programs in clinics, schools, hospices, correctional facilities, community centers, yoga studios, and military hospitals. 

Research indicates that iRest® can work to alleviate stress, help people to sleep better, and heal unresolved issues and traumas. People practicing iRest report that they experience:

  • Decreased stress, anxiety, fear and depression

  • Improved sleep and decreased insomnia

  • An ability to better manage chronic and acute pain

  • Healthier interpersonal relations

  • Heightened energy levels

  • Improved sense of control

  • More confidence and joy in their lives

  • A greater sense of peace and well-being

To read the research relating to iRest Yoga Nidra®, click here

Jo has undertaken 32.5 hours of training and is a registered Level 1 iRest Yoga Nidra® Teacher.

Expression of Interest for individual or group sessions

Jo will be recommencing individual and group sessions in 2019.

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