Neuroscience research shows that the only way we can change the way we feel is by becoming aware of our inner experience and learning to befriend what is going on inside ourselves.
— Bessel van der Kolk

Originally developed at the Trauma Center in Brookline, MA, Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is a program of the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline Massachusetts. TCTSY is an empirically validated, adjunct clinical treatment for complex trauma or chronic, treatment resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The TCTSY methodology is based on central components of the hatha style of yoga, where participants engage in a series of physical forms and movements. Elements of traditional hatha yoga are modified to build experiences of empowerment and cultivate a more positive relationship to one’s body. TCTSY is open to all people regardless of age, gender identity, race, ethnicity, body type and physical ability.

In TCTSY, participants are invited to explore movement in a safe space. Each participant is empowered to make choices about their own body. As a facilitator, Jen will be on her own yoga mat participating in the yoga forms. Unlike some public yoga classes, there are no “adjustments” and no one will be touched. Yoga forms are offered by the facilitator, it’s each individual's choice how they might choose to express that form or not. Participants are always welcome to choose to rest instead.

With TCTSY, we don’t talk about trauma. TCTSY has no interest in making meaning out of bodily sensations, emotional content, or story. This may sound like a welcome change if talk therapy is not providing relief.

Jen offers TCTSY in private, group and clinical settings, consults with therapists, and offers workshops to clinicians.