Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Yoga and mindfulness for trauma survivors

An introduction to the TCTSY practice - Jenn Turner, Assistant Director of Yoga Services, The Trauma Centre at JRI.

I am a TCTSY Facilitator and offer both private and group TCTSY classes to adults who have suffered from or witnessed, as a child or an adult, interpersonal trauma (e.g. abuse/neglect, violence, sexual assualt, etc.). 

To follow these classes, you must be in therapy and have not been hospitalised for psychiatric care in the last 6 months.

Group classes in Geneva - english coming soon

Price: series of 8 sessions - 250CHF

For more information, contact me

A telephone/skype interview is required before registering for group or private TCTSY classes.

Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is an empirically validated, adjunctive clinical treatment for complex trauma or chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD; dissociative disorders; and other related emotional and behavioral problems. TCTSY aims to support emotion regulation, stabilization, skill building and increase empowerment and agency. Developed at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, USA.


TCTSY has foundations in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, and Neuroscience as well as deep roots in Yoga. Elements of traditional hatha yoga are modified to build trauma survivors’ experiences of empowerment and cultivate a more positive relationship to one’s body. 

Trauma-informed alterations to accommodate unique needs and sensitivities include prioritizing gentleness in movement, removing strongly suggestive language, de-emphasizing posture intensity, eliminating hands-on assistance from the instructor, and highlighting opportunities for participants to adjust the practice and make selections that feel appropriate for themselves.


The four overarching themes of the intervention are to 1) experience the present moment focusing on interoception, 2) make choices, 3) take effective action, and 4) create rhythms.

TCTSY timeline:


-         Began in 2003

-         2009 Received first grant given by National Institute of Health to study yoga for trauma

-         2014 published results in peer-reviewed, psychiatric journal (

-         2017 Listed by SAMHSA as an evidence-based practice (



Key research findings:


-         10-weeks of TCTSY reduced PTSD symptoms 33% in women, 18-59 years old, with childhood physical and sexual abuse.

-         Two months post treatment, 52% of the women no longer qualified for PTSD diagnosis. (

-         20-weeks of TCTSY reduced PTSD symptoms 45% in women, 18-59 years old, with childhood physical and sexual abuse.

-         20-weeks of TCTSY significantly reduced dissociative symptomatology. (



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