Trauma Sensitive Yoga
Yoga for Embodiment
Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is an empirically validated method of bringing your body into the healing process, to integrate and transcend the effects of trauma. In a Trauma Sensitive Yoga class, we observe the practice of a present moment experience and one way we do that is through noticing breath, another way is through an awareness of feelings and sensations in the body, which can also be described as interoception.
The concept of interoception can be viewed as addressing what’s happening inside our bodies at any given moment, or as mindfulness expressed in the body. Through a series of mindful movements, participants will be invited to notice sensation and make choices based on their experience in that moment. Every transition and shape is suggested as an invitation, multiple variations are offered in each yoga form, and there are no "hands-on" physical assists.
In this setting, we invite you to experience yoga on your own terms and explore moving at your own pace. Trauma Sensitive Yoga, through the practice of interoception, is an opportunity to meet your body right where you are.
Potential benefits of this practice:
Integration of physical and mental health
Acceptance of one's self and body
Enhanced ability to make healthy choices
Connection to self and others
“No intervention that takes power away from the survivor can possibly foster her recovery, no matter how much it appears to be in her immediate best interest.” ~Judith Lewis Herman, MD
Mindfullness ~ present moment practice
Attention to breath
Creating a safe space
Noticing how you feel
Making choices based on what you notice
Agency of your own body
Taking effective action
Practicing resiliency in community
"Recovery can only take place within the context of relationships; it cannot occur in isolation."
~Judith Lewis Herman, MD
My yoga practice began in 2000, as I searched for movement modalities that emphasized an awareness of the inner self versus the visual aesthetics of the outer form. Although my personal practice continues to be influenced by dance and Pilates, my approach has evolved to allow for more self-compassion and mindfulness. I completed my 200-RYT training in 2013, and I have continued to learn more about the science of our body-brain connection in healing and recovery from adverse life experiences. In 2018, I completed the 300-hr Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga facilitator (TCTSY-F) training through the The Center for Trauma and Embodiment at Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, MA, where I continue to work closely with my mentors, David Emerson and Jenn Turner, in this methodology. With a keen awareness of power dynamics and an emphasis on inclusivity and anti-oppression, I feel deeply grateful to share this evidence-based healing practice with individuals in private session and in small group classes. I have enjoyed working with students and staff at UC Davis, clinicians in private practice, and medical care providers, as well as offering trauma informed trainings and experiential workshops for instructors of other yoga traditions and movement-based methods.
Since 1994, I have lived in Davis, CA with my husband, our three children (now adults) and beloved rescue dogs.
Certifications & Experience:
2018: TCSTY-F 300-hour Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Facilitator training with David Emerson and Jenn Turner, The Center for Trauma and Embodiment at Justice Resource Institute, Brookline, MA
2018: E-RYT 200 and YACEP with Yoga Alliance
2017: Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Training with Zabie Yamasaki of Transcending Sexual Trauma Through Yoga, Irvine, CA
2016: 40-hour Introduction to Trauma-Sensitive Yoga with David Emerson and Jenn Turner of The Trauma Center at JRI, Brookline, MA
2014: The Daring Way Authenticity Workshop – the practice of shame resilience skills based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, Davis, CA
2014: BBarre Plus Instructor Certification, Maiden Lane Studios, San Francisco, CA
2013: 200-RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) Akasha Yoga, Davis, CA
2000: The Method Pilates Certification (formerly known as The PhysicalMind Institute)
1999: ACE (American Council on Exercise) Certified Personal Trainer
1990: 600-hour Pilates apprenticeship with master teacher, Sarah George Johnson
1986: IDEA (International Dance Exercise Association) Certified Group Exercise Instructor
1985-1990: Dancer with teams and companies in SF, Oakland and San Diego
“Yoga must not be practiced to control the body; it is the opposite, it must bring freedom to the body, all the freedom it needs.”
Begin Again Yoga
Live Online Practice
Eight Week Series
January 27 - March 17, 2021
However difficult the past, or slow the progress, you can always choose to begin again.
By employing the contemplative movement practice of yoga, through a trauma-sensitive lens, you will have the opportunity to observe your thoughts, feel your physical and emotional sensations and consider self-compassion. This “bottom-up” approach to healing, recovery and wellness is an evidence-based practice that begins on the mat and can expand to every-day life beyond your mat.
Each class session, will focus on a particular core element that promotes healing, strengthens resiliency and supports wellness.
Participants of all identities and abilities are welcome!
I am happy to offer this class series on a sliding scale, based on your personal self-reflection of access to resources.
Suggested outlay for those able:
$145 class series
$20 single class
Venmo @dionww or paypal.me/dionww
Please contact Dion for more details, questions, and the Zoom invite.
Private Yoga Session
For a truly personalized approach to your yoga practice, choose either a 30-minute or a 50-minute session.
Trauma Sensitive Yoga
Movement for Embodiment
New to the practice of yoga
Yoga for couples
Yoga for teens
Improve athletic performance and injury prevention
Rehabilitation from injury
Please contact Dion to inquire and schedule.
“Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are constantly trying to fit broken pieces together.” ~B.K.S. Iyengar
$20 single class - $75 for 4 classes
$75 per 50-min Private Session - $260 for package of 4 Sessions
$45 per 30-min Private Session - $160 for package of 4 Sessions
For more information on the research and practice of TCTSY:
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