Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is an empirically validated, adjunctive clinical treatment for complex trauma and PTSD. ​

TCTSY was developed at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, under the direction of World Renowned Trauma Expert Bessel van der Kolk and David Emerson Yoga Director. TCTSY has foundations in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, and Neuroscience as well as deep roots in Yoga.

TCTSY timeline:
Began in 2003
2009 Received first grant given by National Institute of Health to study yoga for trauma 

2014 published results in peer-reviewed, psychiatric journal

2017 Listed by SAMHSA as an evidence-based practice (

Key research findings:
10-weeks of TCTSY reduced PTSD symptoms 33% in women, 18-59 years old, with childhood physical and sexual abuse.
Two months post treatment, 52% of the women no longer qualified for PTSD diagnosis. (

20-weeks of TCTSY reduced PTSD symptoms 45% in women, 18-59 years old, with childhood physical and sexual abuse.

20-weeks of TCTSY significantly reduced dissociative symptomatology. (

Resources to consider reading on your personal journey of healing.

  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk
    Bessel is the Founder and Medical Director of The Trauma Center that is internationally recognized as offering the most advanced and researched trauma practices and programs. 

    Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga; Reclaiming Your Body by David Emerson the Director of Yoga and of the TCTSY Certification Program. He has additional books as well. 

    More publications and yoga research studies can be found at
    Tune in and listen to mental health News Radio with host and TCTSY participant Kristin Walker. 
    Kristin's on point shows are all about Mental Health. Keeping it real and meaningful to so many. Mental Health News Radio is heard by over 4,000 people all over the world.  Check out our TCTSY page and interviews with myself and David Emerson and a special interview describing the students experience with TCTSY. 
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The Body Keeps the Score

Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD

Overcoming Trauma

David Emerson

Elizabeth Hooper, MD