Frequently Asked Questions:


Q: What is involved in a Trauma Center-Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) training?

A: You’ll find many details about these workshops here.

Q: Do I need to be a yoga teacher to participate in the 20 hour training?

A: No. Participants DO NOT need to be yoga teachers to benefit from the training, although a well-developed personal movement practice can be very helpful. This learning experience will support all participants to integrate a trauma informed lens and TCTSY into their professional context.

Q: What if I’ve never done yoga before?

A: This is an accessible movement practice with lots of choice available.  You do not need to have a background in yoga, although some experience with a movement practice can be supportive.

Q: Do I need to be a clinician in order to participate?

A: No. The training is applicable to social workers, body workers, mental health clinicians, yoga teachers, educators, and other healthcare professionals.

Q: Does this training certify me as a TCTSY-F (Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator)?

A: No. A letter of completion will be provided at the end of the training to professionally support participants, in addition to using it as the prerequisite to apply for the 300-hour Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) Certification Program. Participants can expect to leave the training with a trauma informed lens to integrate into any context using yoga/movement.  

Q: Do you provide CECs (Continuing Education Credits)?

A: Continuing education credits are available with Yoga Alliance and the Canadian Yoga Alliance. Please consult your association or college providing the CEC’s with regards to this training. Additional information can be provided upon request.  

Q: How might I prepare myself for the training?

Although the workshop is facilitated in a respectful and professional manner, it can be emotionally, physically, and intellectually demanding. We recommend creating a self-care plan for the weekend, as there is the possibility of being triggered by course or discussion content.

Q: What is TCTSY?

A: Please see our introduction to this modality here.

Q: What organizations and regulating bodies recognize this treatment modality?

A: TCTSY is registered as an evidence-based practice with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA) in the United States.

Q: What are the principles of trauma-informed care?

A: These principles inform the culture at Trauma Sensitive Yoga West, and they include:

  • Safety

  • Trustworthiness and transparency

  • Peer support and mutual self help

  • Collaboration and mutuality

  • Empowerment, voice and choice

  • Cultural, historical and gender concerns

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