Are you a woman diagnosed with PTSD? Do you feel outside of your body and your own life? Is it hard for you to connect with others? Do you feel like you are inherently bad and unworthy of love? Like people are lying when they say nice things about you? Maybe even feel broken by what has happened to you?
Trauma Sensitive Yoga Can Help!
Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga is an adjunctive treatment for PTSD and/or complex trauma. It can help you heal from your past wounds and reconnect with your body so you can:
- More easily make healthy choices in your life
- Feel more at ease in your body
- Experience greater acceptance of yourself and your body
- Increase your connection to self and others
WHEN: Ten Saturdays 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Central Time
DATES: Saturday, July 9 - Saturday, September 17, 2022 (NO Class Labor Day Weekend)
WHERE: Zoom (live or watch the recording)
FACILITATOR: Jen Barnes
MORE INFO: Scroll down for what makes TCTSY effective, what TCTSY is, what class is like, FAQs, to learn about Jen, and to sign up for an info session with JenGet Started
Since Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is an adjunctive treatment for complex trauma and PTSD, the first step in registering for TCTSY is completing this brief intake assessment.
✔️ Start the assessment by clicking the "Start" to your right
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✔️ Jen will review the assessment within 2-3 business days (Monday - Friday) to ascertain if TCTSY is clinically a good fit at this time
✔️ Jen will notify you by email of next steps (e.g., registration link), either to register or to discuss factors that may not make TCTSY effective at this time
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✔️ Register and Pay for the course
Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga is an opportunity for you to be in complete control of your body in the present moment. You are welcome to make choices and notice feelings in your body on your own terms.
You may decide to notice feelings or sensations in your body during this practice. By noticing your body and beginning to feel sensations in your body you can actually rewire your brain to believe in your essential worthiness.
To help create a safe environment for this practice, you will be in your own space on the mat and class size will be limited. When in person, Jen will not move around the room and there will be no physical assists or adjustments.
Jen will engage in the practice with you, offering a shared experience of movement and choice. This helps build the ability to connect with and trust others.
Adjunctive, Evidence-Based Treatment for Complex Trauma
TCTSY is a body-based modality that has been proven* as an effective adjunctive treatment for psychological trauma. It is an opportunity for you to be in complete control of your body in the present moment. You are welcome to make choices and notice feelings in your body.
The intent of this practice is to engage the neural networks in the brain impacted by trauma. Through the process of interoception, feeling and moving the body, we can reconnect the damaged neural networks. Interoception is a learn-able skill we can practice together to help you heal.
* TCTSY is a SAMHSA approved, evidenced-based protocol for treating PTSD and Complex Trauma developed by leading researchers in the field of trauma and psychology. TCTSY is based on clinical trials performed at the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, Massachusetts by psychiatrist and leading trauma researcher Dr. Bessel van der Kolk and yoga teacher David Emerson. Click here for access to the research of and clinical trials for TCTSY.
Is This Class a Fit for Me?
If you have ever felt empty, disconnectedness, or a sense of hopelessness in relationship to your body, you are not alone and it doesn't mean anything is wrong with you. These feelings may be due to the impact past trauma has had on your body.
As a result of traumatic life events, the parts that connect your brain and your body may have become disrupted. Because of this, your body may tend to numb or shut down sometimes making it scary or challenging to feel. You may feel worthless or that your life is a shell of what you hoped it would be. You may feel overwhelmed with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, numbing, or seemingly unexplainable body aches and pains (to name a few).
There is a way to shift this!
This class is meant for anyone who self-identifies as a woman having experienced trauma. Whether you have experienced physical, verbal, or sexual abuse or neglect, TCTSY can help you integrate the fragmented parts of yourself to help you feel more whole and at ease in your body. These small group sessions are designed to help foster a sense of safety creating space for healing.
This class is slow-paced and offers basic yoga shapes, starting with some basic seated movement followed by common standing yoga forms and then seated shapes, ending with time for rest. No prior yoga experience is required. Since TCTSY is all about choice, a number of options are given for each shape and you are also welcome to choose your own. Note that since this is an adjunctive treatment for trauma, the focus is more on the experience than on the yoga itself, which may be different from other yoga experiences you have had.
How does TCTSY differ from other forms of yoga?
How do I know I have the "right" type of trauma for this protocol?
Is TCTSY a form of psychotherapy?
Can I still participate if I'm not in psychotherapy?
What if I become triggered in class?
What about confidentiality?
What should I wear for class?
Why do I need to complete an intake assessment?
What about classes for men?
Why 10 week series?
I have additional questions. How can I get them answered?
Hi. I'm Jen Barnes
I have a passion for helping women heal and live in a way that feels meaningful and enjoyable. Often this means helping women first heal from past trauma, from things that were done to them that still interfere with enjoying life now.
Unresolved trauma can show up in so many ways; ultimately it stems back to the body where trauma is held. That is why I love being able to offering Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY); it is an opportunity to help people reconnect with their bodies and heal from past trauma in the process.
A little bit about me... I am certified (2016) as a Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator, a certification that I renew yearly with a teaching video observed by Founder David Emerson; the feedback he offers continues to help me grow in my effectiveness as a teacher.
Additionally, I earned my Masters in Social Work from the University of St. Thomas and the College of St. Catherine in 2005 having become an LICSW in 2008. I completed my initial EMDR training in 2014 with John Hartung and became EMDR certified in January 2018. I have been teaching yoga since 2009, and became a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200) in 2010 and a E-RYT (i.e., have taught more than 1000 hours of yoga) in 2015. In 2019, I completed my Level One training in Internal Family Systems (IFS). In 2022 I became certified in Meditative Movements™️. My continuing education has been focused on bringing the body into trauma therapy, IFS, EMDR, and working with the body through the autonomic nervous system. I have a full time private practice in Minneapolis, MN and also offer online courses. I love my home in Minnesota where I am close to family and friends.
Still not sure? Or want to meet Jen first?
Sign up here for one of the live Zoom calls in June 2022 to meet with Jen, obtain more information, and get your questions answered.