Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Classes

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Calm Waters introduces Trauma-Sensitive Yoga classes for those over 13 years of age and female-identifying. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats and several mats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No other equipment will be used. All abilities are welcome and movement options will be provided throughout the session. Childcare and refunds are not available.

The classes are led by Heather Warfield, LMFT, Calm Waters’ Clinical Director, and who has been trained in the Trauma Center’s Trauma Sensitive Yoga, (TCTSY)

The Science Behind Trauma-Sensitive Yoga

The Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga, (TCTSY), is based within clinic intervention for PTSD or complex trauma and has foundations in Trauma Theory and Attachment Theory.

TCTSY is based on central components of the Hatha style of yoga, where one engages in a series of physical forms and movements. Elements of standard Hatha yoga are modified to maximize experiences of empowerment and to cultivate a more positive relationship to one’s body. Unlike many public yoga classes, the yoga instructor does not use physical hands-on adjustments to influence one’s physical form. Rather, The Trauma-Sensitive Yoga experience provides participants to be in charge of themselves based on the felt sense of their own body, which allows one the opportunity to restore their connection of mind and body and cultivate a sense of agency that is often compromised as a result of trauma.

How does this class help with Grief?

As mental health professionals, we know that in order to heal from grief and trauma, it is both the body AND mind that need healing. Whether the loss was sudden or anticipated, traumatic or not, grief affects a person’s whole self, and symptoms can include headaches, body aches, nausea, muscle tension, heaviness in the chest, loss of appetite, etc. Through this class, the body is the focus of treatment, whereas, in counseling and support groups, the mind is the primary focus.

Benefits & Risks


  • Increase sense of control of body and self
  • Reduction in physiological symptoms
  • Increased sense of felt safety within self and relationships with others
  • Body empowerment


  • Possible increase of body triggers during class. We encourage that you regularly meet with a therapist if this is experienced.