When individuals have had traumatic experiences, it can be a major challenge to "stay" in the body since the overwhelming memories trigger uncontrollable physical reactions. This can be so frightening that they split off from their physical experiencing, which means that a feeling of numbness or non-existence of body parts, entire body regions, or the entire body occurs. So the body sensations should be approached in a gentle way.
Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY - Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga) is a body- and movement-centered method, which was developed at the Trauma Center Brookline by Bessel van der Kolk, David Emerson, and his team. In Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, we practice postures (asanas) and breath control (pranayama) with each other. Above all, this takes into account coping with traumatic stress. This is not about sports or performance. The focus of the training is on the mindful perception of physical sensations and supporting the affected persons in being able to observe the emotional and physical reactions without becoming flooded and overwhelmed by them. This is a "bottom-up" approach that assumes we can change post-traumatic symptoms through the body and not just "top-down" through changed thinking and cognitive processes.
I offer individual TSY sessions and TSY groups in English. If you are interested, please contact me.
I also use TSY in the individual therapy during the treatment of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). It serves the stabilization, affect regulation, and self-regulation. This will help you to once again attain a sense of safety and control, which are important preconditions for being able to open up to an exposure therapy. Above all, the gentle, body-oriented approach is appropriate when you feel that you are easily overcome by your emotions or tend to dissociate - which means that you split off from the here and now. The approach of TSY offers you a gentle starting point to improving your affect regulation. It provides concrete tools for you to cope with everyday life.
It is possible to attend TSY sessions while having trauma therapy with your trauma therapist.