Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) for clinicians

 SonShine Yoga provides clients with cutting-edge, empirically supported, treatment accenting your ongoing therapeutic work. Grounded in the methodologies of TCTSY we complement your interventions and augment your working relationships by highlighting internal personal safety, choice making, mindful presence and body awareness. 

"Neuroscience research shows the way we can change the way we feel is by becoming aware of our inner experience and learning to befriend what is going on inside ourselves." Bessel van der Kolk

“The integration of Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Psychotherapy allows for the synthesis of top-down and bottom-up processing in the treatment setting. Such an approach rests on the belief that a greater capacity for emotion regulation, interoceptive awareness, and self-acceptance may facilitate deeper interpersonal connections (including the therapy relationship).”

Jennifer West, PhD

(Forward of the book Trauma Sensitive Yoga in Therapy: Bringing the Body into Treatment by David Emerson)

Integrating TCTSY into your treatment modalities can help your clients regulate somatic experiences.

TCTSY directly targets the neuroscience of trauma and the "resistance" that maintain maladaptive neural pathways.  We know that  "top-down" approaches reciprocally support "bottom-up" processing that emphasizes the bodies internal states and reorganizes the physiological responses connected to symptoms by purposefully using the body to: 

  • improve capacity for present moment awareness 
  • improve ability to notice how one feels in their body and make a choice with their  feelings
  • improve tolerance for emotional states and bodily sensations safely in the present rather then through the experiences of past trauma
  • improve ownership over one's physical body that is safe and under their control 
  • facilitate new self-regulation skills and tolerance to sensory elements in which one is in charge of how to use, move and treat one's body 
  •  improve abilities to identify and employ appropriate behavioral responses in emotionally difficult situations such as triggers and flashbacks
  • increase feelings of empowerment and embodiment through experiences of non-coercion and choice making  
  • rebuild and strengthen body and sensory relationship of internal safety, trust, hope, connectedness and ability to engage in relationships     

Clinical presentations that might benefit from a referral or collaboration with Sonshine Yoga:

• Client cycles from hyper-arousal to dissociative numbing

 • Undefined/undiagnosed somatic complaints
• Problems with affect and impulse regulation
• Deficits in attentional capacities

• Poor interoceptive awareness (feeling disconnected or dissociated from the present)

 • Negative self-perception
• Low self-esteem
• Attachment challenges

• Therapy has hit a plateau-treatment resistant Complex Trauma or Complex PTSD
• EMDR is not effective or individuals struggle to stay safely within their window of tolerance


"The goal of treatment of trauma is to help people live in the present, without feeling or behaving according to irrelevant demands belonging to the past ."  Bessel van der Kolk  

Creating a safe place for healing

 A brief introduction and demonstration of a Trauma Center Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) experience.  

Educational resources studied by TCTSY Facilitators

Trauma and Recovery

Judith Herman, M.D.

The Body Keeps the Score

Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.

Trauma Sensitive Yoga in Therapy

David Emerson

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