TCTSY Yoga Protocol
Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is an evidence-based mindful movement protocol that was developed by David Emerson in collaboration with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk at the Trauma Center in Boston, one of the world’s leading research facilities in the field of trauma. It focuses on the development of body awareness along with empowerment through decision-making. A typical practice is structured as a series of choices within movement and posture, supporting the increasingly nuanced perception of physical sensation while reclaiming the body as a powerful ally in the process of healing. This protocol was tailored specifically for CPTSD, and was originally developed as an adjunctive therapeutic approach in support of work done in individual psychotherapy. The first study of TCTSY yoga published in a psychiatric journal in 2014 involved participants with histories of childhood physical and/or sexual abuse, diagnoses of CTPSD and several years’ participation in more conventional talk therapy without significant improvement. After 10 weeks of TCTSY yoga, they experienced a 33% reduction in traumatic symptoms, and over half of participants no longer qualified for a diagnosis of PTSD. (Please see the Resources page for more information).
Current Research in Trauma
In the belief that knowledge is power, Healing Together aims to make current research in the fields of neuroscience, mindfulness, trauma, and attachment theory accessible and inspiring for participants. It draws on the work of neuroscientists and world-renowned trauma experts such as Dr. Judith Herman, Dr. Ruth Lanius, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk and Dr. Dan Siegel, as well as leaders in the development of body-based approaches to trauma such as Dr. Peter Levine and Dr. Pat Ogden. Healing Together presents an overview of current treatment approaches to trauma, sheds light on the impact of trauma on the nervous system and the brain, and highlights the potential of body-based approaches to trauma.
Teachings from Classical Yoga Philosophy
The richness of classical yoga philosophy provides an ideal context for healing from trauma. Drawing on the poetry and wisdom of the Vedas, the practical perspective of Samkhya philosophy and the systematic approach to practice found Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, these classical teachings weave together the physical, energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual layers of our experience. They offer us a truly holistic perspective within which we can orient ourselves and map out our simultaneous journeys of healing and spiritual growth.