RECLAIM YOUR BODY: Online Series
Now Enrolling for Summer 2018
Starts Monday, July 23!
This 8-week healing journey is for people who are ready to move away from the pain and isolation of trauma and towards full body health and wholeness.
The series includes:
Weekly educational video on the impact of trauma on your brain and body based on the cutting-edge research by leaders in the field.
Weekly Trauma Sensitive Yoga practice video that support you to come into a healthy relationship with your body as a resource.
A printable manual to help guide and support you through the transformational process of cultivating a compassionate relationship with your body.
My goal is to equip you with the best information and most helpful practices that I have come across in my years of work as a yoga teacher and trauma specialist so that you can come out of isolation and pain and empower yourself to live a wholehearted and healthy life in your body.
"I just watched your video and I had to write say thank you. Your neurology is sound- as someone with an advanced degree in neuroscience I so appreciate your solid knowledge. It adds a layer of safety for me knowing how well trained and astute you are. Thank you for making this available for us to watch repeatedly."
- participant in Reclaim Your Body, Online Series
Here are the details:
You will receive a new video in your email inbox every Monday with fresh material. You will be able to watch the videos at any time that works for you.
You may be wondering...
What is Trauma Sensitive Yoga?
If you have ever felt empty, disconnected or hopelessness in relationship to your body, it does not mean that there is anything wrong with you. It may be due to the impact of trauma on your nervous system.
As the result of traumatic life events, the parts of the brain that connect mind and body become disrupted. Because of this, your body can become shut down & difficult or scary to feel. You may feel like a shell of a human, worthless or like you just can't go on. You may feel 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.
The way through the numbness, fear, pain and anxiety is through the body. By noticing your body and beginning to feel your body, you can actually re-wire the neural networks in your brain that communicate your essential worthiness. From this place you can begin to grow a deeper level of self love and acceptance.
Trauma Sensitive Yoga provides a safe space for you to feel your body.
Through a series of gentle postures you will be invited to notice sensations.
Everything is offered as an invitation.
Multiple variations are offered in each yoga form and participants are encouraged to choose the level of participation moment to moment.
In the class you get to practice yoga on your terms.
On your mat, you will be invited to move at your own pace.
Together we will practice making choices, noticing sensation and taking effective action.
This protocol works to re-wire your brain and nervous system to integrate and transcend trauma.
"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."
- participant in Reclaim Your Body, Online Series
Is this a clinical treatment?
Yes. (I didn't just make this all up). Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is an evidence-based treatment protocol for PTSD developed by leading researchers in the fields of trauma & psychology. It is based on clinical trials performed at the Trauma Center in Brookline Massachusetts by psychiatrist and leading trauma researcher, Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk and yoga teacher David Emerson.
Kelsey Gustafson, RYT 200, TCTSY-F, holds an advanced certification in Trauma Sensitive Yoga through the Trauma Center in Brookline Mass. She is the only certified TCTSY-F practitioner in California.
TCTSY is the first somatic modality to be scientifically proven as an effective adjunctive treatment for psychological trauma. The point of it is to engage the neural networks in the brain that are damaged by trauma. The way we reconnect them is through interoception, in other words moving the body and feeling the body. This is a learn-able skill we can practice together!
Is this class for me?
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. These groups are designed specifically to cultivate safety & heal trauma held in the mind & body. You do not need to have an official PTSD diagnosis in order to participate. Open to all genders.
What are the potential benefits?
Integration of physical & mental health
Acceptance of one's self and body
Enhanced ability to make healthy choices
Connection to self & others
Vitality & engagement in life
What are students saying?
"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."
"This is a practice that I can use to be physically safer, more aware, and more like I actually can begin to feel like I am worthy of the space my physical being takes up on this planet"
"I was able to significantly reduce my anxiety level by sitting down with the computer and engaging with you. The practice helped. Seeing you helped. Knowing how well you understand trauma helped. Knowing that I can come to the screen and call this up as many times as I need it has given me an entirely new tool in my armamentarium of ways to "keep my ish together", and that in itself is a huge, HUGE gift."
"Thank you for your time, your sincere commitment to helping people heal in a sound, evidenced based practice, your beautiful shining light that is as powerful on camera as in person...A deep bow of gratitude to you."
"My nervous system is on overdrive, and I am dealing with pain so intense that it's all I can do to stay in my skin. I'm writing to let you know that you are helping me get through this with the increasing body memory of the yoga practice we are building step by step, through the ability to come to class or call you up on the screen and engage with you instead of my trauma that's threatening my entire being right now, through the sincerity of your dedication to helping people heal."
Q: How is TCTSY (Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga) different than other styles of yoga?
A: TCTSY is not about the form of the posture, but about the sensation in the body. It is an evidence-based protocol that is based on clinical trials and has been proven an effective adjunctive treatment for psychological trauma. The point of it is to engage the neural networks in the brain that are damaged by trauma. This area of the brain is stimulated through interoception, in other words moving the body and feeling the body.
Q: How do I know that I have the "right" kind of trauma?
A: TCTSY was designed to work with complex trauma and PTSD. Women in the classes have experienced different types of trauma from surgery, to sexual or physical assault to chronic neglect or unhealthy relationship. 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 a form of psychotherapy?
A: No. TCTSY is an adjunctive treatment for trauma and works well as a complement to psychotherapy. There is no talking or processing involved in TSY and no need to go into the story around the trauma. In fact, we strive not to engage the cognitive brain at all in this treatment.
Q: Do I need to be in psychotherapy to participate?
A: Yes. There is no talking involved in the TSY protocol, and for your safety and integration it is important to have access to the support of a mental healthcare professional. TCTSY has been shown to enhance progress in traditional psychotherapy.
Q: I am interested in participating, but I'm not in psychotherapy right now. Can I still come?
A: TCTSY is best experienced as an adjunctive treatment to traditional talk therapy. It is ultimately your decision whether or not to be in therapy, but it is highly recommended. If you would like support in finding referrals, Kelsey may be able to help.
Q: I want to participate, but I can't make it to the call time
A: That's fine! If you can't attend the live session, you can practice the recording at any time from home.