Trauma-Sensitive Yoga

A Trauma-Sensitive Approach to Teaching Yoga

Saturday and Sunday, September 16 & 17, 2017

11:30am-3:30 pm (Sat) 12:30-3:30 pm (Sun) 


Facilitated by Jessa Walters, MA, E-RYT, TCTSY-F and Daniel Gaustad, DC, RYT, this training is designed for yoga teachers (and teachers in training) and mental health professionals who are looking to integrate embodiment into their work.

Strongly influenced by Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY), as taught by David Emerson and based upon over a decade of research, this training will include lecture, discussion and experiential practice.

Participants will learn the key practical components to trauma-sensitive teaching including the use of language, the importance of interoception and the teacher qualities needed to create a trauma-sensitive space. We will explore the dynamics inherent in trauma and how to teach in a way that does not perpetuate the trauma paradigm, but rather offers the opportunity for choice, present moment experience and empowerment. There will be ample time during the training to put these skills into practice with Jessa and Dan’s support.

Through the knowledge and experience gained in this 2-day training (7 hours total), it is our aim that participants walk away feeling confident when integrating trauma-sensitivity into their work and their lives.

Jessa Walters completed the 300-hour 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. She currently teaches TCTSY to women in recovery.

Daniel Gaustad has completed the 40-hour TCTSY training with David Emerson at Kripalu. He is currently immersed in the 3-year Somatic Experiencing Professional Trauma Training. He has been teaching yoga to men in recovery since 2012 and integrates trauma-sensitivity into his practice as a chiropractor.

Registration is now open


“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”