Feeling empty, disconnected, or a sense of hopelessness in relationship to your body? Or maybe feeling driven to keep moving, with an underlying sense of anxiety? Do relationships seem harder for you than everyone else? Do you feel like you are inherently bad and unworthy of love? Maybe even 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: Saturdays 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. CST
DATES: November 7th - 21st and December 5th
WHERE: Zoom (live or watch the recording)
FACILITATOR: Jen Barnes
Register for the TCTSY Series
The first step of registration is to complete the intake assessment. Sign-up here to have the intake assessment sent to you. If you would prefer a phone chat to complete the assessment, schedule a date and time using the calendar below.
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). 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.
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.
How does TCTSY differ from other forms of yoga?
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Is TCTSY a form of psychotherapy?
Do I need to be in psychotherapy to participate?
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What if I become triggered in class?
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Why do I need to complete an intake assessment?
I have additional questions. How can I get them answered?
Register for the TCTSY Series
The first step of registration is to complete the intake assessment. Sign-up here to have the intake assessment sent to you.