Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY)

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How can a 5000 year old practice help people suffering from impacts of Traumatic Stress? We began asking this question in 2003 and after 15 years of studies have accumulated some answers. Here is what some of our clients have told us:

"I feel like I have more ownership of my body and feel more a part of it."

"With yoga, I reclaimed my body. Or, I claimed it, not reclaimed, because I was so young. I claimed it."

"Things feel more connected. I'm more real."

Quotes from: Claiming Peaceful Embodiment Through Yoga in the Aftermath of Trauma
Rhodes, Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, Vol. 21, Issue 4, Pages 247-256, September 2015.


LISTEN TO AUDIO! Please click here for a description of a chair-based yoga practice by David Emerson, E-RYT.


Private Yoga Consultation

We offer clients one-on-one yoga consults with a certified TCTSY-facilitator. Consults are generally three sessions in length and may cover a variety of needs related to the use of yoga as an adjunctive trauma treatment. Consults will be tailored to clients' specific needs and goals. Examples of topics that may be covered in a yoga consultation are:

  • Introduction or re-introduction to yoga in a safe and private space
  • Recommendation for how to design or modify a yoga program to address personal triggers, challenges, and physical limitations
  • General psychoeducation about trauma and the body and ways in which yoga can help

Private yoga consultations are available on a self-pay basis only. For more information or to make a referral, please contact Jennifer Turner, LMHC, RYT.

Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Classes

We currently run women-only and men-only Trauma Center trauma-sensitive yoga classes at the Trauma Center.

PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO BE IN THERAPY, EITHER AT THE TRAUMA CENTER OR ELSEWHERE. INTERESTED CLIENTS (OR TC CLINICIANS) WILL FIRST NEED TO CONTACT Jennifer Turner, LMHC, RYT FOR A SCREENING TO DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY.

The main objectives are for us to use yoga forms as opportunities to notice what we feel in our bodies and to practice making choices about what to do with our bodies.

  • No experience necessary.
  • We strive to make the classes accessible to everybody regardless of physical ability.

Trauma-sensitive yoga is a way for us to safely experiment with having a body. Through yoga we can experiment with:

  • Breathing
  • Moving
  • Strengthening
  • Stretching
  • and, Resting

Our classes are set up so that students are in control over what they are doing with their body at all times and the teacher is there to provide safe, professional guidance and to help students focus on particular dynamics (what muscles they are using, what it feels like to have their feet on the ground, what it feels like to breathe, etc.)

Participants will not have to talk to other participants, making this class more comfortable for those individuals who find it difficult to be in groups.

Classes are open enrollment. If you are a therapist and would like more information about what your client can expect, please contact Jenn Turner and she will be glad to answer any questions you have.

For all inquiries, please contact Jenn Turner.

What to Expect at a Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Class- David Emerson

PLEASE NOTE: Because our yoga room has limited space, class size is limited to 10. While this has been rare in our experience, unfortunately, we will need to turn students away after 10 have arrived.

Monday Women's Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Class

Where: The Trauma Center, 1269 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446

Day and Time: Monday evenings, 6:30-7:30 P.M.

Instructor: Anna Kharaz

Cost: $12.00 per class.

Please Note: If a sliding scale rate is needed, please contact Jenn Turner.

Wednesday Women's Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Class

Where: The Trauma Center, 1269 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446

Day and Time: Wednesday evenings, 6:30-7:30 P.M.

Instructor: Jenn Turner

Cost: $12.00 per class.

Please Note: If a sliding scale rate is needed, please contact Jenn Turner.

Thursday Men's Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Class

Where: The Trauma Center, 1269 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446

Day and Time: Thursday evenings, 6:00-7:00 P.M.

Instructor: David Schouela.

Cost: $12.00 per class.

Please Note: If a sliding scale rate is needed, please contact Jenn Turner.

Saturday Women's Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Class

Where: The Trauma Center, 1269 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446

Day and Time: Saturday mornings, 10:00 - 11:00 A.M.

Instructor: Angelica Emery-Fertitta

Cost: $12.00

Please Note: If a sliding scale rate is needed, please contact Jenn Turner.

Attention: Saturday participants may enter class through the side door, up the stairs from the parking lot.

PLEASE NOTE: Because our yoga room has limited space, class size is limited to 10. While this has been rare in our experience, unfortunately, we will need to turn students away after 10 have arrived.

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