Trauma-Sensitive Yoga

Jessa Walters has completed the 300-hour Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) certification with David Emerson through the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Boston. Jessa began teaching TCTSY in 2013 as part of a study through the University of Minnesota and the Domestic Abuse Project researching TCTSY as a viable clinical treatment for trauma.



October 6, 2018 from 1:30–4:30pm

at Sun Moon Yoga in Mankato, MN

Facilitated by Jessa Walters, MA, E-RYT, TCTSY-F, this workshop is designed for yoga teachers and yoga teachers-in-training who are interested in integrating trauma awareness into their teaching. This workshop is also open to clinicians who wish to bring embodiment into their work with clients.

Participants will learn key practical components to guiding yoga/embodiment practices with trauma awareness, including the use of language, the importance of interoception and the facilitator qualities needed to create a trauma-sensitive experience.

Fee: $90

3 CECs available for Yoga Teachers through Yoga Alliance

You may register here.



November 10, 2018 from 10am–5:30pm

at PREMA YOGA STUDIO in Northfield, MN


Facilitated by Jessa Walters, MA, E-RYT, TCTSY-F and Daniel Gaustad, DC, RYT, this daylong is designed for yoga teachers, yoga teachers-in-training and yoga students who are interested in exploring the connection between trauma, the body and yoga.
Participants will learn about neurological and physiological responses in the body during times of stress. We will explore how these responses become dysregulated as a result of chronic stress, single-event trauma and complex trauma. Keeping these responses in mind, we will discuss how to hold trauma sensitive space in a yoga class.
Jessa and Dan will guide embodied (somatic) practices throughout the day, including a 60-minute trauma-sensitive yoga practice.
*6 CECs are available for yoga teachers through Yoga Alliance


Fee: $150

You may register here.





“No intervention that takes power away from the individual can possibly foster their recovery, no matter how much it appears to be in their immediate best interest.” –Judith Herman “Trauma and Recovery”