Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is an empirically validated, adjunctive clinical treatment for complex trauma or chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD. Developed at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, TCTSY has foundations in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, Neuroscience, and Hatha Yoga practice with an emphasis on mindful body-based yoga forms and breathing practices. More and more, the body is being acknowledged as a pathway to healing trauma.  Researchers such as Bessel van der Kolk are illuminating the somatic impact of trauma and clinical trials have provided the evidence base to demonstrate the efficacy of TCTSY in reducing the symptoms of complex trauma and PTSD.

The main objectives are for us to use yoga forms as opportunities to notice what we feel in our bodies and to practice making choices about what to do with our bodies.

-   No experience necessary.

-   I strive to make the classes accessible to everybody regardless of physical ability.

Trauma-sensitive yoga is a way for us to safely experiment with having a body. Through yoga we can experiment with:

-   Breathing

-   Moving

-   Strengthening

-   and Resting

Our classes are set up so that students are in control over what they are doing with their body at all times and the teacher is there to provide safe, professional guidance and to help students focus on particular dynamics (what muscles they are using, what it feels like to have their feet on the ground, what it feels like to breathe, etc.)

Participants will not have to talk to other participants in a group setting, making this class more comfortable for those individuals who find it difficult to be in groups.

How Are TCTSY Classes Different From Other Yoga Classes?

-       There are no physical adjustments.

-       The facilitator will remain on her own mat during the class.

-       Options for yoga forms will be offered to empower clients.

What to Expect at a Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Class (PDF)

Jillian completed her certification as a Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F) under the supervision of TCTSY pioneer David Emerson. She offers individual yoga sessions or small group classes for women or men who are engaged in therapy. Yoga as an adjunct treatment allows for clients to be supported through the process of understanding their body in relation to trauma. Sessions can range from 15 minutes to 60 minutes. Fees are on a sliding scale.


To enquire about TCTSY sessions for yourself

or people you are working with through

mental health services, community organizations

or private practice, please contact me at

(484) 486-3160.


See the following for more information, resources, and for links to the evidence base of TCTSY:

The Trauma Center

Trauma Sensitive Yoga