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Trauma Sensitive Yoga with SomaPsych - April Course

Updated: Apr 22

We're excited to announce our next Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Series with Kanuka Yoga Space; an eight-week online course which has been created with the help of lululemon and the Here To Be grant.




Join Amanda Hanna and Raquel Minh for the eight-week series.

One-hour each week.


Begins - Tuesday, April 26th

Last Day - Tuesday, June 14th

Time - 7pm - 8pm each week

With - Amanda Hanna & Raquel Minh

Cost: Fully Subsidised by Lululemon

Book Online


Spaces Are Limited

Express your interest at hello@kanukayoga.co.nz


There will be another series later in 2022



This course is fully subsidised by the Here to Be grant from lululemon.

This class will be run online, a few prerequisites include filling out an onboarding form, a 15min onboarding call, and attendee has additional support through a counsellor or therapist.



Who benefits from practicing Trauma Sensitive Yoga?


Trauma Sensitive Yoga is established as an adjunct treatment for PTSD and is already approved under ACC Sensitive Claims. However, because of the limited number of ACC-covered therapists and limited amount of trauma sensitive classes held in New Zealand, it can be difficult to gain access to this type of yoga.


Trauma Sensitive Yoga empowers the participants to develop and improve:


  • Self-regulation skills by noticing bodily sensations signalling emotions

  • Increased mindfulness skills and ability to stay in the present moment

  • Awareness of their body (both internally and moving in space)

  • Relationship and connection to their body

  • Breath awareness to support working with states of hyperarousal, stress and anxiety

  • Relaxation and self-soothing skills

  • Increased sense of mastery and control by provision of choices


Meet Amanda Hanna (Lead Facilitator):

With her passion for sparking freedom in people, Amanda founded SomaPsych in order to share the knowledge and skills she has acquired from years of study and teaching in the mental health and yoga space.



Born and raised in Canada, Amanda’s interest in Mental Health started while studying at college. As Amanda’s curiosity for mental health developed, so did her interest in the practice and theory behind yoga. You could say this changed Amanda’s life, as it allowed her the space, tools, and knowledge to develop a new relationship with herself.

So, what do SomaPsych do?

SomaPsych focuses on integrated wellbeing that supports body, mind and everything in between. By implementing a trauma-informed approach in all that we do, we hold and encourage braver spaces that facilitate curiosity, growth, and transformation for all.


We believe in walking alongside people while holding hope as a possibility every step of the way. We offer tools, techniques, and insights for restoration and balance, individual care and exploration, as well as promoting social and systemic change so the collective can evolve and thrive.


Just as soma and psyche is the intersection of body, mind, and spirit, SomaPsych is the intersection of the individual and the collective.


Explore the work of SomaPsych: https://www.somapsych.org/



Meet Raquel Minh (Co-Facilitator):

She recognises her consistent yoga practice as a tool to stay centered and balanced internally, as well as finding more balance in external relationships (professionally and personally). She weaves in this awareness into her classes by guiding students into their own inner landscapes, while exploring the physical ground/space around.





Her teaching style is influenced by empathy, compassion and honest, clear communication with trauma-sensitive and invitational language. Her classes allow space to explore options which feel safe for students. She has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and has completed her 200HR yoga training in 2019 at RAW Yoga and 60hr yoga training on Trauma-Informed and Community Yoga in 2021 with Rise Movement.


She opened Kanuka Yoga Space to create a community yoga space for all types of bodies and selected an amazing group of teachers to help cultivate inner-awareness for a wide range of personalities. She is American, of Mexican and Vietnamese heritage, and aims to bring diversity and inclusion into wellness spaces.



If you're interested in learning more about Trauma-Sensitive Yoga at Kanuka Yoga Space, please send us a message at hello@kanukayoga.co.nz


Thanks for considering us for your yoga practice.


Kindly,