Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How is Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) different then other yoga classes?  

A: Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is about feeling safe in one's body. It is a choice based practice where the participant is always in control of their  bodies internal state. TCTSY offers opportunity to practice feeling and connecting to one's physical sensations in ways that are safe, empowering and embodied in the present moment. There is never a right or wrong way to explore the yoga stretches and movements. 

Q: What is trauma? 

A: Trauma is the emotional and bodily response to experiencing an overwhelming event. For some these experiences will pass and integrate in the brain. For others the traumatic sensory experiences continue to threaten body integrity and tends to overwhelm a person's internal ability to cope in the present. These unconscious sensory imprints can impede experiencing life in the present, one's well-being, healing and many aspects of life.

Q: Should I be in therapy or have medical care in addition to TCTSY?

A: Yes, TCTSY is intended to be a complimentary treatment to the other services you may be receiving. TCTSY addresses your body, feelings and sensations. Research shows that TCTSY can enhance your other treatment modalities by helping one to feel safe in their body and assists to regulate emotions. 

Q: I am afraid to try class.

A: This is a common emotional response and that is ok! TCTSY is for anyone at any level of physical abilities. One does not need to be flexible, strong, have good balance or coordination to participate in class. In fact, most people that come to class have never tried yoga and that is perfectly fine. TCTSY is all about a safe connection and relationship to your body. Just by showing up to class you have already succeeded in investing in a relationship with YOU!

Q: Do all yoga instructors teach classes that are trauma-informed?

A: No, offering trauma informed facilitation is a specialized practice. Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga(TCTSY) facilitators have spent an entire year studying Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, Neuroscience and Yoga. This specialized training accounts for the complexity of trauma and the evidenced-based principles that foster healing and recovery.  


Q: Why Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga and how do I locate a facilitator in my area?

A: Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga is the only evidenced-based yoga for the treatment of PTSD and Complex Trauma (trauma that occurs in relationships). It is an evidence-based protocol that is based on clinical trials that has been proven over a period of 15 years an effective complimentary treatment for psychological trauma. TCTSY facilitators are trauma specialists that are highly trained in trauma and the body. Visit to find a qualified facilitator near you.

Q: How do I know of TCTSY might be right for me? 

A: TCTSY is a practice that helps facilitate a greater capacity for emotion regulation and interoceptive awareness which means feeling and localizing sensations in your body and being able to take safe effective action with these experiences. TCTSY assists with self acceptance, interpersonal connections and peaceful embodiment.