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Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY) Classes - November/December

With Esther van der Sande

Evidence-Based Practice, in group settings, meeting every Wednesday afternoon.

Trauma Sensitive Yoga provides a safe place where people can begin to connect with their bodies, and their breath, in relation to the trauma.  Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is an effective adjunctive, and complementary treatment for those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), complex or developmental trauma. This technique was developed by David Emerson at the Justice of Resource Institute (JRI) in Boston, MA.

Sensitive Techniques

TCTSY participants are invited to notice and feel sensations within their body throughout the practice.  Participants are then encouraged to make choices about what they do and how they move with their body based on what they sense.  This supports participants to investigate what choice feels supportive for them, taking cues from their own individual experience.  There are no physical/hands-on assists provided.

Body-centred Exploration

TCTSY applies choice and body-centred self-awareness to support a recovery process, a gentle intervention that initiates healing through people regaining a relationship with the present moment and their body.  The language used throughout a yoga session is invitational and encourages curiosity to explore what one might feel in different parts of their body based on the form they are choosing to take. Over time participants begin to experience the effects of taking positive action and making choices.
TCTSY is designed specifically for participants already in therapy or be in close contact with your doctor (GP), or health care professional. The classes are offered every Wednesday, but due to the sensitive nature of the group, we ask for a month-long commitment. At the beginning of each calendar month, new participants can join the group.


Extra important information

No previous yoga experience is necessary. Please note that this is a women-only group. For men who are interested, Esther offers private sessions. This yoga class is not meant for yoga teachers or mental health workers who would like to become trauma-informed or learn about trauma-sensitive yoga as a form of professional development. If you are a professional and are interested in this form of yoga please click here for more information about professional training with Delight and Trauma Sensitive Yoga Nederlands.  For questions or more information about these classes, you can contact Esther directly via email.


Esther works together closely with Katia Verreault who also guides sessions. 

Kattia is originally from Montreal and presently based in Amsterdam after having lived for more than 15 years in Kathmandu, Nepal. Her therapeutic and community-based work of the last years has been dedicated to communities affected by war, loss & conflict across the world.


She is a trauma-sensitive yoga facilitator (TCTSY-F), a Hatha Yoga practitioner and a Dance Movement Therapist (DMT). Dance Movement therapy integrates the body in the context of therapy. It can be defined as psychotherapeutic use of movement to promote emotional, social, cognitive, and physical integration of the individual, for the purpose of improving health and well-being.  In her clinical work, I support individuals who wish to integrate the body in their therapeutic journey. In Amsterdam,  I collaborate with Esther van der Sande to offer trauma-sensitive yoga classes (TCTSY) at Delight Yoga.


Her work has taken me to Palestine, Uganda, Kenya, Greece, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and The Netherlands where she offers individual and group therapy sessions, develop Dance Movement Therapy education programmes and workshops on trauma and restoration. she collaborates with various NGOs such as War child Holland, to develop trauma-informed and movement-based psycho-social care for children and adults with a refugee background in various multicultural settings. Her recent research work focuses on Dance Movement Therapy, trauma and resilience building among women refugees and asylum seekers. For more information on individual therapy sessions and trauma-sensitive yoga classes, you are welcome to contact her: Katia Verreault  // +31(6)19272888

Date / Time




06 November 2019, 14:15 - 15:30


Esther van der Sande

13 November 2019, 14:15 - 15:30


Esther van der Sande

04 December 2019, 14:15 - 15:30


Esther van der Sande

11 December 2019, 14:15 - 15:30


Esther van der Sande

This workshop is only available as a full course, total price:

€ 60



You can register for this workshop by clicking ‘Book’ and paying online with iDeal, Credit Card or PayPal. Full payment is required to ensure your place. Registration is confirmed when payment is complete.

Cancellation policy

Are you entitled to a refund of the registration fee in case of cancellation? Please read article 16 ‘Cancellation of Workshop Registration’ in our General Terms and Conditions to know exactly where you stand.