RECLAIM YOUR BODY: 
Healing Trauma Through Movement Series

{Now Enrolling for Summer 2018} 

Tuesdays 7:30-9pm

Series 1: June 19 - July 10

Series 2: July 31 - aug 21

or

WEDNESDAYS 4 - 5:30pm

SEries 1: June 20 - July 11

SEries: Aug 1- aug 22

What is Reclaim Your Body?

Reclaim Your Body is a movement practice that cultivates body connection, agency, confidence and wholeness.

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 rewire 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.


Reclaim Your Body provides a safe space for you to feel your body.

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

Everything is offered as an invitation.

Multiple variations are offered in each physical form and participants are encouraged to choose the level of participation moment to moment.

In the class you get to move your body on your terms.

Kelsey will not offer physical assists or be walking around the room.  She will offer verbal assists as needed.

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 is a bottom-up approach that rewires your brain and nervous system to integrate and transcend trauma.

 

Is this a clinical treatment?

Yes. This method is based on Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY), an evidence-based treatment protocol for complex trauma 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, is an adjunctive faculty at the Center for Trauma and Embodiment and holds an advanced certification in Trauma Sensitive Yoga through the Trauma Center. 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. Through body movement we 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 learnable 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 small groups are designed specifically to cultivate safety & heal trauma held in the mind & body. They are open to cis women, trans women and gender nonbinary folks and as having experienced trauma. This is not a space for cis men.

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.

 

What are the potential benefits?

  • Integration of physical & mental health

  • Acceptance of one's self and body

  • Enhanced ability to make healthy choices

  • Increased self-esteem

  • 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."

 

"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."

 

"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."

 

REGISTER HERE
 

The Details (who, what, when, where, why)

 

What:  A movement practice that cultivates body connection, agency, confidence and wholeness.

Who: The class is open to cis women, trans women and gender nonbinary folks who have experienced trauma. This is not a space for cis men. The container is tightly held and requires registration with a maximum of 10 participants. No drop-ins.

When: There are two sessions this summer. You can take just session 1, just session 2 or both sessions for the full course. There is no switching between Tuesday and Wednesday classes to uphold the safety of the container. 

Tuesdays 7:30 - 9pm  {Series 1:  June 19 - July 10}  {Series 2:  July 31 - Aug 21}

Wednesdays 4 - 5:30pm {Series 1:  June 20 - July 11}  {Series 2:  Aug 1 - Aug 22}

Where: All classes are held at The Berkeley Yoga Center, Studio C, 2121 Bonar St. Berkeley Ca {Walking distance from N. Berkeley BART}

Content: Each week in addition to a 60 minute physical practice, we will be discussing the key themes of embodied trauma resolution and going through the book Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga together. There will be optional reading assignments and discussions at the beginning of class.

It is possible to do both series 1 + 2 as they build on each other. Here is the week by week content:

Series 1: Core Themes of Embodiment

June 19/20: Present Moment Experience

June 26/27: Making Choices

July 3/4: Taking Effective Action

July 10/11: Creating Rhythms

 

Series 2:  Resourcing Tools for Resilience

July 31/Aug1: Building Curiosity

Aug 7/8: Breathing

Aug 14/15: Grounding

Aug 21/22: Finding Your Center

 

Series Includes:

  • 20 minute intake interview

  • Weekly in-person classes

  • Online video classes to guide you in an at-home practice 

  • Email access to Kelsey for the duration of the program

  • A copy of the book Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga; Reclaiming Your Body by David Emerson

Investment:

$295/session Early Bird (before June 1)

$395/session Regular Rate (after June 1)

$550/both sessions Early Bird (before June 1)

$650/both sessions Regular Rate (after June 1)

The tuition covers all materials, in person classes and online practice videos . The full fee is due 7 days before the start date of the series. These classes are small and limited in size and once you register, I hold that space for you. 

Refunds: If for any reason you are not able to attend the workshop, refunds will only be available if a cancellation request is made prior to 7 days before the start date of the class. If you provide less than 7 days notice, no refunds are available.

Prerequisites: This class is an adjunctive treatment for traditional therapy. Active participation in therapy is a requirement for participation. If you would like help finding a therapist, Kelsey can offer support during your free initial consultation.

Register:  You may register by clicking the button below. Please keep in mind that space is limited, so sign up soon to ensure your spot. 

 

Learn More:

Not sure if this is for you?  You may schedule a complimentary, 20 minute phone consultation with Kelsey. This is a great opportunity to find out if this series is the right fit for you. 

 

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FAQs:

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.  If you would like to find a therapist, Kelsey can offer referrals to local, talented healers in the community.  There are several somatic psychotherapists who have offices at Innerstellar as well as local low-income clinics that she would recommend.  Email Kelsey for details.

 

Q: What if I get triggered in class?

A: Emotions may come up in class as they do in the rest of life.  Kelsey will offer grounding techniques to help you center if you become dysregulated.  Participants are encouraged to choose their level of participation moment to moment. If you need special attention during class Kelsey will be available and if anything comes up afterwards you will be able to process it with your therapist.