TSY is based on a 'Hatha' and 'Yin' style of yoga, which are where forms are typically explored more slowly, and include more static holds than other types of yoga. TSY is underpinned by trauma theory, neuroscience, and attachment theory.
TSY is an empirically validated, adjunctive treatment for complex trauma. TSY allows participants to improve:
There is a lot of research about the benefits of TSY for people who have experienced trauma in their lives and is a great adjunct to individual therapy. It is based on the work of David Emerson, in clinical collaboration with Dr Bessel van der Kolk and several other trauma clinicians and yoga teachers.
The intention in a TSY session is to create a safe, predictable and non-judgmental space in which participants may explore the notion of “having a body”. It can be an enormous part of the healing process for a survivor of trauma to reclaim their body as their own. Unlike talk-based psychological therapy, TSY focusses on 'bottom-up' processing, which means that there is an emphasis on physical sensations, the breath and movement. TSY addresses the core of traumatic experiences from this different perspective, which is often not addressed in traditional psychotherapy.