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.


Seated Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Practice (17 mins)

by Jessa Walters | Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Practices

Body Scan Practice (17 mins)

by Jessa Walters | Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Practices

“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”

Sunday, September 8, 2019 at Yess Yoga Studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota


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 therapists, clinicians and other individuals who wish to bring embodiment into their work with clients and/or support their own resiliency.

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 traumasensitive experience. We will explore the dynamics inherent in trauma and how to guide in a way that does not perpetuate the trauma paradigm, but rather offers the opportunity for choice, present moment experience, empowerment and authentic connection. This workshop will include presentation, discussion and experiential practice. CE credits are available through Yoga Alliance for this workshop.

Registration is now open. $65.


I offer one-on-one or small group trauma-sensitive yoga sessions via Zoom, Skype or phone. The yoga itself is a gentle practice. A session can be anywhere from 30-60 mins. My rate is $65 for 30 mins and $125 for an hour. If you wish, the audio of your session can be recorded for you. There is time for a brief check in, if desired, at the beginning of a session and then we move into the yoga practice leaving several minutes at the end for bringing closure to the experience. It can be useful to have a therapist for support in addition to the trauma-sensitive yoga practice.

To book a session, you may submit payment via my PayPal link ($65 or $125):

Once I receive your payment, I will contact you via email to set up a time for your session. If you’d like to be in touch through email before booking a session, you can reach me at


I offer customized Trauma-Sensitive Yoga training modules, whether it be for a yoga teacher training program, an organization, a mental health clinic or simply open to the public. These modules range from 1–4 hours in length. I also offer a daylong intensive, “Trauma, the Body & Yoga,” with Daniel Gaustad, DC, SE, RYT. Please view one of our past intensives below.

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