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Trauma Sensitive Yoga with Kanuka Yoga Space

Updated: Nov 17

We are excited to be offering Trauma Sensitive Yoga in-studio. We are now open for enrollment for:

Begins - Wednesday, January 31st

Last Day - Wednesday, March 20th

Time - 2pm - 3pm each week

With - Raquel Minh & Rachael Mason

Registration Form for Lead Providers

How to request approval from ACC:

8 x SCGW (Trauma Sensitive Yoga)

Supplier: CARE Waitakere Trust

Vendor ID: G06930

To be eligible for this course participants must identify as a woman who has an accepted ACC claim under the sensitive claims contract.

All potential participants must be currently working with a Lead Provider and be willing to have a 15-30 min video consultation to assess suitability.

2024 Term Dates:

  • January 31st - March 20th, 2024 (Wednesdays at 2-3pm) at Kanuka Yoga Space

Taking expressions of interest for:

  • February 14th - April 3rd, 2024 (Wednesdays at 11:30am) at Raw Yoga

  • February 5th - March 25th, 2024 (Mondays at 7pm) Online with SomaPsych

What is Trauma Sensitive Yoga?

Trauma Sensitive Yoga has been established as an adjunctive treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is a treatment option underpinned by current Neuroscience, Post Traumatic Growth Theory, and Attachment Theory. Trauma Sensitive Yoga is non-invasive, and safety and choice are paramount in its delivery. Trauma Sensitive Yoga targets and develops self- inquiry, affect and sensory modulation and impulse arousal control, self- regulation, and sensory awareness. TSY shows a significant reduction in PTSD.

TSY works with the emotional and physical imprints left on the body after the trauma —the body’s automatic response to protect itself. This response, often referred to as our fight, flight, submit or freeze reaction, is activated by the sympathetic nervous system. Trauma survivors often experience this sympathetic nervous system response as a chronic state long after the trauma is past, which is a hallmark of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Who benefits from practicing Trauma Sensitive Yoga?

Trauma Sensitive Yoga is established as an adjunct treatment for PTSD and is approved under ACC Sensitive Claims.

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

Who are your facilitators?

Each program will run for eight consecutive weeks with two facilitators. Each group will have one lead facilitator (yoga teacher) and one co-facilitator (counsellor)

Studio owner and teacher, Raquel Minh, has a degree in Psychology, and completed her 200 hour Trauma-informed Yoga Teacher Training with Raw Yoga, 60HR Trauma-Informed & Community Yoga with Rise Movement in 2021, and currently enrolled in 300 hour Trauma-Informed Facilitator Training.

Lead Provider, Rachael Mason, is an ACC registered counsellor working with Care Waitakere. As well as being a group therapist, she currently supports ACC clients on an individual basis. Rachael has a background in working in addictions and trauma related issues. She is a qualified counsellor and is a Member of NZAC (New Zealand Association of Counsellors).

If we could create a short summary, the intention is to create a safe environment for clients to regulate their own nervous system through movement and cultivating awareness. We are here as guides, to provide you with options and to encourage you to feel empowered to make your own choices.

For more information on the benefits of trauma-sensitive yoga, please check out The Trauma Center for Trauma Sensitive Yoga.

It's important to note that TSY can be a complex subject, so we understand if things don't make perfect sense straight away and we're always happy to answer questions you might have about it.

Here are some ways we approach Trauma Sensitive Yoga at Kanuka Yoga:

  • Understanding the fundamental nature of Trauma and how this can affect the human experience.

  • Learning personal practices to build resilience and safety for our selves and our clients.

  • Understanding Trauma Sensitive Yoga through the nervous system, polyvagal theory and the window of tolerance.

  • Learn how Yoga tools and philosophy can support trauma.

  • Understand teaching from a Trauma Sensitive perspective with a focus on safety, language, dosage, atmosphere, interoception, connection and empowerment.

  • Learn short practices, including movement, breathing techniques and meditation/mindfulness techniques from a trauma sensitive perspective for working with students/clients.


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