Healing Trauma Through Movement

8-week series for women identified folks

Spring series is FULL

the next round will be offered summer 2019

Trauma is stored in our bodies.

As the result of trauma, your body can become shut down & difficult or scary to feel. You may feel like empty, worthless, overwhelmed with depression, anxiety or panic attacks.

Maybe you just want to breathe again.

You are not stuck. There is a way to change this. Through movement, you can get in touch with your essential worthiness. You can grow a deeper level of self love and acceptance.

It’s possible to experience more power and pleasure in your life.

If you struggle with…

  • Ignoring your body and “numbing out”

  • Having intense (and unpredictable) reactions

  • Depression & low self esteem

  • Feeling unsafe in your body

  • Chronic pain or continual physical injuries

  • Anxiety or panic attacks

If you want to…

  • Learn how to self-regulate before you "fly off the handle”

  • Experience more ease in your body

  • Gain confidence and control

  • Dedicate time to self care & healing

  • Integrate the therapeutic work you are doing in a holistic setting

  • Belong to a supportive community that is attuned to the unique needs of trauma survivors

…Then Reclaim your Body is for you!

“I am much more patient with myself and mindful of my body than I was before.”

- Reclaim Your Body participant

Reclaim Your Body provides a space for you to take exquisite care of yourself.

Yes, we are practicing body connection and resolving trauma, but what we are really doing is becoming more precious to ourselves.

Move your body in a way that feels truly nourishing to you.

Through a series of gentle movements you will be invited to notice sensations. You will be invited to stretch, engage your muscles and relax. You will be invited to listen.

Everything is offered as an invitation.

Each activity is optional. Multiple variations are offered in each physical form and you will be encouraged to choose your level of participation moment to moment.

Together we will practice making choices and taking effective action.

You are in control of your experience throughout the class and will be encouraged to opt in or out as we go. We will practice boundaries and listening to ourselves.

This protocol rewires your brain and nervous system to integrate and transcend trauma. 

I believe that your body knows what you most need in each moment. We will practice listening to our bodies and allowing our embodied intelligence to have plenty of space to grow strong.

Each class includes*

  • opening & closing circle

  • gentle, choice based movement practices (like stretching, grounding and breathing)

  • education on weekly trauma theory theme (such as taking effective action, centering etc.)

  • creative activities (writing, drawing and reflection prompts)

    *Activities are always optional and include multiple options for participation so that you can choose what feels best for you that day.

“This created a safe space where I could feel okay for an hour a week.”

- Reclaim Your Body participant

You will learn how to…

  • Respond effectively to triggers

  • Find your power even when you feel stuck

  • Feel more centered and grounded

  • Recognize your preferences and desires

  • Honor your boundaries

  • Work with intense emotions

  • Appreciate your body as a resource

    "Before the class, I spent a lot of time disassociated from my body. In the class, I found myself spending more time there and really feeling what it's like to live in my own body."

    - Reclaim Your Body participant

This class is for:

  • Women/womxn/cis women/trans women/genderqueer & nonconforming folks*

  • Trauma survivors with or without a diagnosis

  • Survivors of physical, emotional, mental, sexual or medical abuse

  • People who have experienced neglect, bullying, systemic oppression

  • Both folks who have little experience with embodiment and experienced movers

*a note on gender: This is a space that welcomes anyone on the gender spectrum who has experienced some form of systemic oppression because of their gender, which includes everyone except for cis men. If you have any questions or want to connect about this before you sign up, I invite you to schedule a free call with me.

Testimonials from participants:

“I am devoting more time to self-care without effort which is amazing to me.”

“There was no pressure to compete, keep up, push hard, or act in a specific way. It felt like a warm, soft, quiet, safe-haven to come to each week.”

“It was a little retreat from the world of rushing, external focus, and fitting in.”

“Kelsey is great, she makes it feel safe, she makes it easy to stay in the present. In the beginning, Kelsey was always very clear about what to expect, and confirms everything so you know when and where to go. She's very calming and she reminds you of choices you can make to feel more comfortable.”

“My awareness of my own body, its movements and placement, and the relation to physical sensations within my body has improved from this class.”

“Since I had become kind of isolated I was having trouble wanting to be around other people. This class was an easy first thing to do to be around people without having to talk, staying busy doing something that is relaxing and safe. So I appreciated that about the group setting.”

“I'm learning and gaining from the time spent focusing on my body in this sensitive and supportive way.”

“I have responded to my trauma by "toughing things out" to the point of illness, so having time to feel compassion for myself and my body has been a healthy step.”

If you deeply desire to reconnect with your body but you have been waiting for the right time- this is your doorway. This class is for you.

Yes, I’m ready to save my spot

Class Details:

Time: Mondays 7:00 - 8:30pm

Location: The Emeryville Yoga Center (1240 Powell St. Emeryville)

Dates: April 1 - May 20

The Course includes:

  • Weekly 90 minute group sessions that include movement practice + education

  • Nine 60-minute online videos for home practice between classes

  • Resources with suggested reading and writing prompts

  • Email access to Kelsey throughout the program


$495 - Regular

$395 - Early Bird (if you register by March 15th)

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Is this a clinical treatment?

A: Yes. We will be practicing a method called Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY), an evidence-based treatment protocol for complex trauma. TCTSY is the first somatic modality to be scientifically proven as an effective adjunctive treatment for psychological trauma and Kelsey Gustafson holds an advanced certification in Trauma Sensitive Yoga through the Center for Trauma & Embodiment.

Q: How do I know that I have the "right" kind of trauma?

A: The treatment is designed to heal complex trauma, however you do not need to have an official diagnosis in order to participate. If you have experienced trauma and live with the impact of it, this class is for you. If you have experienced sexual or physical assault, surgery, illness, medical trauma, psychological abuse, or neglect, Trauma Sensitive Yoga can help you integrate fragmented parts so that you can feel more whole and at ease in your body. If you have questions about if this could help you, one option is to schedule a complimentary consultation call with Kelsey where you can discuss this together.

Q: Is this group therapy?

A: No. Reclaim Your Body is an adjunctive treatment for trauma and works well as a complement to psychotherapy, however Kelsey is not a licensed clinician and this is not group therapy.  There is no need to go into the story around your personal trauma during the class.  In fact, we strive not to engage the cognitive brain at all in this treatment. Instead we will be engaging the intelligence of the body.

Q: How is Reclaim Your Body different than a typical yoga class?

A: During the class we will be practicing stretching, breathing and moving in ways that feel interesting and helpful. We practice movement not to master a particular posture, but in order to notice sensations in the body.  When we do this, we engage the neural networks in the brain that are damaged by trauma. Unlike many yoga classes, Reclaim Your Body is specifically for trauma survivors and is slower and offers many more choices than other movement classes.

Q: Why don’t you call this a yoga class?

A: After a decade teaching and practicing what is known as yoga here in the west, I am now saying no to teaching yoga as an extractive practice and am committed to deconstructing toxic power dynamics and creating possibilities for our collective healing. Instead, I use my extensive training in body awareness, trauma healing and art to help survivors reclaim their body, pleasure and creativity through movement and art practices.

Q: Do I need to be in psychotherapy to participate?

A: No. You are free to make your own life choices, but it being in therapy is highly recommended while taking this course.

Q: Is this a drop-in class?

A: No. In order to create safety this is a committed series and there are no drop ins after the first class. If you want to try it out before you commit, you can attend the open house.

Still have questions? Not sure if this group is for you? Schedule a free 20-minute consultation call with Kelsey today: