Frequently Asked Questions
1.) Trauma-Informed vs. Trauma Sensitive. What's the difference?
It depends on what you're looking for in a class. Both offer invitational language, no hands-on assists, no use of straps, a welcoming no-pressure environment and an opportunity to connect back to your body.
If you're looking for a "yoga-centered" class that might incorporate music with words, and an approach that focuses more on the movement and breathwork typically offered in a studio class, a "trauma-informed" class might be for you.
If you're looking for a "trauma-centered" session that might use music without words (or no music at all) that focuses more on the potential repair of trauma that can be held or hard-wired into the body and nervous system, a "Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga" class (aka TCTSY), might be for you.
Although there are different trauma sensitive classes offered through other programs, TCTSY has specifically been created by the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at the Justice Resource Institute.
2.) Is TCTSY for me?
Maybe yes. Maybe no. Only you can answer this question for you. TCTSY is a clinically approved adjunct treatment for complex PTSD and treatment-resistent PTSD. It's theoretical underpinnings are rooted in hatha yoga, trauma theory, attachment theory, and neuroscience.
The foundational building blocks of this evidenced-based approach are found through non-coercion, interoception, invitational language, choice making and shared authentic experiences.
Feel free to learn more about this class here.
You might even be interested to read more about the research supporting this practice here.
All are more than welcome to explore the possibilities of this class in your own time as you do not necessarily need a known history of trauma exposure to participate.
3.) What do you charge?
Currently, if your class size is under 30, I charge $2 per minute. This goes for both class types as well.
So for example, if you're interested in a 45 minute (trauma-informed or TCTSY) class for an individual or group, the cost would be $90.
To give flexibility in price...class length + group size vary with your choice. A sliding scale fee is available for those in need.
And if times are really tough we can possibly talk about a "pay what you can" agreement.
4.) What style of yoga do you teach?
In addition to the two similar yet different styles of trauma-informed vs. TCTSY, I have experience in offering hatha, beginner, restorative, yin, chair and vinyasa yoga. If you're new and don't quite know the difference, we'll talk and offer a good starting point.
5.) Where do you offer your classes?
Depends. I offer online and in-person options so the choice is yours. We can talk to see if it makes sense to have your class on-site for departmental or organizational requests, or if you'd like a more private space away from home and work. All options are respected.
6.) Do I need experience?
Heck no. All abilities, shapes, sizes, and experience levels are more than welcome.
7.) What's your cancellation policy?
Not sure yet. Life can get messy and understand how unexpected events can change your plans at a drop of a dime. Reach out and we'll figure it out together. If it happens routinely, than I may check in to see if the timing or myself are still a good fit for you.
8.) Why are you passionate about teaching to folks whose been exposed to traumatic stress or loss on the job?
Because I'm one of those folks whose been affected and still is. I don't teach or facilitate from a place of know-it-all-ism and hope to support those brave enough to listen to their bodies with the possibility of occupying more space + life within.