Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Do I need to be experienced in yoga?
A. Nope! There is absolutely no need for any prior yoga experience. Trauma Sensitive Yoga is open to all body types, physical abilities, ages and backgrounds.
Q. Do you touch me during yoga practices?
A. No. Contrary to most other forms of yoga, Trauma Sensitive Yoga does not involve any kind of physical touch or "adjustments". Likewise I stay on my mat and do not wander around the room.
Q. Do I need to be in therapy in order to participate?
A. Participants must either be in therapy, or at minimum have access to mental health support should the need arise. Please be aware that while I am highly educated and trained with regards to complex trauma, I am not a treatment professional. Nor does Trauma Sensitive Yoga replace comprehensive mental health care. Bodywork of any kind can often cause experiences which require the support of a qualified therapist in order to process.
Generally speaking, Trauma Sensitive Yoga is not recommended for anyone who has been hospitalized due to their mental health within the past 6 months.
Q. Is there a "right time" to start Trauma Sensitive Yoga?
A. There is no universal "right time" to start Trauma Sensitive Yoga, as the individual needs and comfort of each person will be different. Participants should be stable and have some kind of supportive framework around them.
Q. How do your group practices work?
A. Group practices are led in series of 8 or 10 consecutive weeks for the same participants each time. Groups for men and women are held separately, and there is a maximum limit of 10 participants per group. Group practice series require pre-registration, and are held on a rolling basis throughout the year.
Q. How many private sessions will I need?
A. There is no solid answer for this as it is different for everyone. I have clients who I've seen only a few times, and others I have been working with for years. It very much depends on you and what you feel is helpful.
Q. Will Trauma Sensitive Yoga help me relax? I hear yoga is good for staying calm.
A. Unfortunately it is a big misconception that yoga = relaxation, particularly in the context of trauma recovery. While certainly there may be times that you feel calmer and more relaxed, there may be times that "being in your body" has the opposite effect due to implicit memories ("body memories"). Having said this, your comfort and safety (both real and perceived) come first, and everything we do is based on what serves you and feels safely accessible in your body.
Q. What should I wear and bring with me?
A. It's recommended to wear clothing you feel comfortable moving in, and that doesn't restrict you in any way. You are welcome to bring with you a bottle of water and a mat.
Q. What is your cancellation policy?
A. For private sessions: Cancellations for private sessions must be made 24 hours in advance; cancellations made under 24 hours require payment in full.
Group practice series: Cancellation of participation must be done 1 week in advance of the start date in order to receive a full refund. Partial refunds are provided for under a week to the start date.
No refunds are available after the start of any group practice series.