Trauma Sensitive Yoga with Kanuka Yoga Space

Updated: Oct 5, 2021

We're beyond excited to be partnering up with lululemon as we continue to bring more breath, and mindful movement to our local communities and beyond.

Here to Be is lululemon's social impact program that disrupts inequity in wellbeing through movement, mindfulness, and advocacy. The Here to Be grant will be used to provide trauma-sensitive yoga courses for women in Auckland, and throughout the country.

How Will Kanuka Yoga Use The Grant?

Kanuka Yoga Space will create and deliver multiple eight-week Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY) programmes throughout 2022 (including in-studio and online). Priority will be given to clients/participants who already receive counselling support from an existing organisation.

Each program will run for eight consecutive weeks with two facilitators. Each group will have one lead facilitator and one co-facilitator; both facilitators will be trained trauma-informed yoga teachers.

Thus, the lululemon Here to Be grant funding will be used to cover enrolment fees for all clients/participants joining the 8-week program.

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 within Auckland, 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

How can I partner with Kanuka Yoga Space?

We are looking for referral partners who can recommend Kanuka Yoga Space to their clients. Based on interest from the partner organisation, we will determine best course start date and any special considerations in hosting participants.

Going a step further, we have a real opportunity right now to increase our potential to influence positive change for a wider network and to do this we are open to collaborating and partnering with more people and organisations that have aligned values. For example, with additional support we could increase the number of courses we run and ensure more people are receiving suitable support when they otherwise wouldn't have access to it.

Even if you don't have monetary resources to support this initiative, we are excited to simply share our offering to potential clients/participants within your network.

Depending on our additional partners and collaborators, the current options for these courses are either:

  • Fully subsidised course enrolment fees

  • Partially-subsidised course enrolment fees

  • Or, a mixture of the two

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


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