Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Short Courses - 1 week or more

Short Courses - 1 week or more



10 Oct 2019

28 Nov 2019


12 pm - 1 pm


$25 - $160

Casual drop ins or purchase of full 8 week course available


Dr Kathie Overeem

Join us for 8 weekly Thursday lunchtime trauma-sensitive yoga sessions running over Oct and November. 

The Effects of Trauma:

Trauma is when we experience or witness a deeply distressing and disturbing event. When seeking resolution, talk-therapy alone is often not an option. It can feel impossible to put the memory of the event(s) into words. Instead, the memory may be recalled as a series of disjointed visual snapshots, sensory cues, and feelings.

Being able to describe one's inner reality can become difficult and agonizing. However, this is not a mental block, it is physical.

Our body can often remain in a fight-or-flight response long after the event. The disjointed physical feelings associated with a trauma memory can also be frightening. As a result, we often develop a sense of alienation and disassociation from our bodies. This can not only reduce our capacity to feel what is happening in the present moment but also communicate what is happening in the hear and now.

However, our sense of self is dependent on language. We use it to organise our memories into a coherent whole. This requires a functioning connection between the conscious brain and feelings in the body.

What to expect in our sessions:

Our yoga sessions are designed to provide a supportive and non-judgmental environment to enable participants to practice experiencing sensations in their body. We will have the opportunity to practice gentle and accessible yogic techniques including stretching, strengthening, and breathing. This is an invitational style of practice; choices are offered and each participant is in control of the pace of their own practice.

Our classes differ from regular yoga classes in that the facilitator (Kathie) does not move around the room or offer physical adjustments. The practice includes invitational language, non-coercion, choice-making, interoception, and shared authentic experience. 

Each student will have the option to fill in an intake form prior to attending their first class so that we can support their individual needs. We appreciate that this can often be challenging, so participants are welcome to fill out as much or as little of the form as they feel comfortable.  At no time will students be asked to talk about their trauma or the nature of their trauma.  

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