Reclaiming the Body: trauma sensitive yoga for trauma survivors and their therapists

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17 September 2022

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Price: Qualified Practitioners £80;Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee £70;WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff £55;

Location: online


This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

Working with trauma can be difficult for both client and therapist. Trauma is embedded in the body and research shows that talking therapies can only go so far as a means of accessing those implicit memories and terrors safely. Research by the Boston Trauma Centre in bodily-based, non-verbal ways of working has resulted in the development of Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY) – an enquiring, therapeutic form of yoga that helps those with PTSD and complex trauma reacquaint themselves with their bodies.

TSY differs from more conventional yoga by elevating the client’s personal, internal experience above the need to create a certain ‘shape’ or to work at a certain pace dictated by the teacher. There is no expectation to achieve or conform; instead, the priority is to create a safe environment where clients feel safe enough to participate in whatever way they feel able. In this way, it is also suitable for those with injuries, restricted movement, or little strength or flexibility.

By attending this workshop you can learn:

  • Exploration of how TSY can be used in a therapeutic setting leading to some practical skills that can be offered to clients.
  • Introduction to the principles and theories underpinning TSY as well as an understanding of how misuse, or more standard yoga classes might sometimes work paradoxically to harden defences and hinder recovery.


There will be a mixture of lecture with power point presentation alongside group discussion. Also work in breakout groups and pairs for further discussion and some role play. Experiential TSY classes including movement, breathing, meditation and relaxation both on a yoga mat and in a chair.

Target Audience

This workshop is open to qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors. Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.

Workshop Leader

Sasha Bates, MA, MBACP, is an integrative psychotherapist in private practice, who trained at the Minster Centre. She is also a BWY and Yoga Alliance trained yoga teacher, and has done additional training in restorative yoga and in Trauma Sensitive Yoga. She is a journalist and the author of Languages of Loss: A psychotherapist’s journey through grief (Yellow Kite, 2020) and A Grief Companion: practical support and a guiding hand through the darkness of loss (Yellow Kite, 2021). Her forthcoming book “Yoga Saved My Life” will be published in March 2022, also by Yellow Kite.

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