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)
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:
• 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
A brief introduction and demonstration of a Trauma Center Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) experience.
Judith Herman, M.D.
Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.