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Openview Yoga

With Keri Sawyer

Trauma Sensitive Yoga Foundations Online

What is Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga ? 

Developed at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is a program of Center for Trauma and Embodiment at Justice Resource Institute. 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 standard Hatha yoga are modified to maximize experiences of empowerment and to 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. 

Although TCTSY employs physical forms and movements, the emphasis is not on the external expression or appearance (i.e. doing it"right"), or receiving the approval of an external authority. Rather, the focus is on the internal experience of the participant. This shift in orientation, from the external to the internal, is a key attribute of TCTSY as a complementary treatment for complex trauma. With our approach, the power resides within the individual, not the TCTSY facilitator. Further, by focusing on the felt sense of the body to inform choice-making, TCTSY allows participants to restore their connection of mind and body and cultivate a sense of agency that is often compromised as a result of trauma. TCTSY has foundations in trauma theory, attachment theory, neuroscience, and Hatha yoga, with an emphasis on body-based yoga forms and breathing practices.

About the Training 

The 20 hour training, 16 hours on zoom or in person and 4 hours of self study, is designed for social workers, mental health clinicians, yoga teachers, educators, and health care professionals etc who are looking to deepen their understanding of the whole-system impact of complex Trauma. The course will emphasize the core components of the practice and process of Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga and will provide specific tools to support participants to facilitate trauma sensitive movement and breath practices that are vital to the healing process. Through developing an understanding of complex trauma, attachment theory, and the neuroscience underpinning the TCTSY methodology participants gain skills that support healing from long term trauma. Participants will learn to foster this anti- oppressive approach to healing through a trauma informed lens. Group lecture, practice through movement and breath as well as group practicum will be offered.

This training can also be used as a prerequisite for the 300 hour certificate program

What You Will Gain :

Learn the practice and process of Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Learn to facilitate trauma sensitive movement and breath practices ​

Understanding of Complex Trauma, Attachment Theory, and Neuroscience

How to foster an anti oppressive approach through a trauma informed lens

How to work with relational challenges

Practicum offered in small groups 

Training Dates 

Dec 10 &11, 2022

8am PST - 5pm PST Both days

One hour lunch with multiple breaks 

Registration Open

Feb 11th and 12th, 2023 

8am PST - 5pm PST Both days

One hour lunch with multiple breaks

Registration Open

Upcoming Trainings Scheduled : 

April 22nd, 23rd 

June 3rd and 4th 

Registration not currently open

About the Trainer

Keri Sawyer RYT 500 TCTSY Licensed Trainer 

Keri Sawyer is a licensed Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) trainer and facilitator with the Center for Trauma and Embodiment in Boston, MA and is a registered 500 hour Yoga teacher in Alignment Yoga. Her main focus is to provide TCTSY to trauma survivors of all ages, train yoga teachers and health care workers, and to provide research based information and trauma informed treatment practices to the therapeutic world. She oversees the implementation of TCTSY into therapeutic models in clinical and residential treatment programs across the country along with agency trainings and regular consultation for therapists and yoga teachers.  Her passion is to provide an opportunity for survivors of trauma to have an authentic experience with a safe and predicable felt sense of their body along with spreading awareness of trauma informed practices. 

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