Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TSY) is an evidence-based intervention that can help clients cope better with trauma and anxiety by reconnecting to their bodies in a safe, deliberate way.
All mental health professionals at Outlook Counseling Services, LLC, regardless of their background or familiarity with yoga, can understand and use Trauma-Sensitive Yoga techniques to help their clients achieve deeper, more lasting recovery. Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in therapy was developed by David Emerson, an accomplished yoga instructor as an adjunctive treatment to be used within a clinical context by Mental Health Professionals, as well as yoga instructors with the intention of treating trauma.
Unlike traditional, mat-based yoga, Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY) can be practiced without one, in a therapist’s chair or on a couch. TSY has simple poses, and the focus is always placed on the internal experience of the client. The client does not have to have any yoga experience or be a yoga expert to benefit from this practice (achieving the proper form is not important or needed to heal with TSY). The therapist guides the client to become accustomed to feeling sensations in the body, as simple as their feet on the ground or a muscle contracting, concentrating in the present moment, choosing what to do about it in real time, and taking effective action. In this way, everything about the practice is optional, safe, and gentle, geared to helping clients to befriend their bodies. Trauma-Sensitive Yoga can be integrated within the therapy session if the client chooses to engage in this intervention.
The following link will give you more information regarding the benefits of Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in general-
Please contact us, if you have any questions regarding Trauma-Sensitive Yoga or would like to make an appointment with Lilia Luna, Trauma-Informed Therapist, and Yoga Instructor.