Trauma Sensitive Yoga with Raquel Minh and Shannon Phillips - May Course

Updated: Apr 23

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 Raquel Minh and Shannon Phillips for the eight-week series.

One-hour each week.

Begins - Wednesday, May 11th

Last Day - Wednesday, June 29th

Time - 7pm - 8pm each week

With - Raquel Minh & Shannon Phillips

Cost: Fully Subsidised by Lululemon

Book Online

Spaces Are Limited

Please sign up for Waitlist if fully booked, as this will indicate we can run another concurrent course

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 Raquel Minh (Lead Facilitator):

Raquel opened Kanuka Yoga Space 3.5 years ago and being trauma-informed has been a founding pillar from the beginning. She has a degree in psychology from The George Washington University and her yoga teacher training has been with a trauma-informed lens (Raw Yoga 200hr and Rise 60hr). Outside the studio, she is on the Diversity & Inclusion board for Revive Festival and works a full-time corporate role which brings mental wellbeing programs into the workplace. She has been collaborating closely with Amanda Hanna of SomaPsych to create online trauma sensitive yoga courses for women throughout New Zealand.

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.

Meet Shannon Phillips (Co-Facilitator):

Shannon has been fully immersed in the practice of yoga since discovering the practice over 12 years ago. Just a few months after attending her first class, she felt inspired to learn more and delve deeper. Shannon completed Mark Stephen’s 200 hour teacher training and in-depth studies course in Santa Cruz, California and then went on to complete her 300 hour training in Ubud, Bali.

Shannon has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling. Alongside teaching weekly yoga classes to the Auckland community, she works as a Crisis Counsellor, supporting people through trauma.She has also completed the 20 hour foundational course with Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga.

Shannon’s teaching combines her warm energy with her kind and calm demeanor, creating a perfectly balanced approach. Her passion lies in helping people find a deeper awareness within themselves through body, mind, and spirit.

If you're interested in learning more about Trauma-Sensitive Yoga at Kanuka Yoga Space, please send us a message at

Thanks for considering us for your yoga practice.