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Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY) Classes for Women

With Esther van der Sande, Katia Verreault & Samantha Shorter

This workshop has taken place already, please visit our Workshop Page for a more recent offering of workshops and trainings.

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 bodies throughout the practice. Participants are then encouraged to make choices about what they do and how they move with their bodies based on what they sense. This allows participants to explore what choice feels supportive to them, taking cues from their own individual experience. There is no physical/hands-on assistance provided.


Body-centred Exploration

TCTSY applies choice and body-centered 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 have chosen 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 who are in close contact with their doctor (GP), or health care professional. The classes are offered every Wednesday, but due to the sensitive nature of the group, we ask for an 8-weeklong commitment. At the beginning of each 8-week course, new participants can join the group.


Extra Important Information

No previous yoga experience is necessary. Please note that this is a women-only group. 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.



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.

About Esther van der Sande, Katia Verreault & Samantha Shorter

About Esther   Esther is a professional counsellor, somatic psychotherapist, EMDR clinician and a qualified yoga (500+ hrs), mindfulness teacher and practitioner. She draws upon over 10+ years of experience in guiding clients from all age groups and professions. 

A note on Wellbeing - Creating a safe and sacred space

We wish to create a safe and sacred space to study, practice and grow for everyone. Please take care of your own health and wellbeing while participating in classes, workshops and, trainings offered by Delight Yoga. If you're currently having any physical, emotional or mental issues, or prefer no hands-on adjustments, please make sure to discuss this with the teacher up front.