Yoga Articles

If you love yoga, live & breath yoga or just want to learn more about it, these articles are for you.  These articles have been written by Erika Newberry the founder of Change With Yoga, yoga therapist, trauma sensitive yoga  and laughter yoga facilitator. These articles were written for the Kundalini House, Yoga Studio & Natural Health Clinic blog.




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Trauma Sensitive Yoga


At Change With Yoga, located in Melbourne, 

we offer regular trauma sensitive yoga courses as well as casual classes, workshops and private sessions. Change With Yoga has been running trauma sensitive yoga sessions since June 2015 and TCTSY since April 2018.  


Erika is a certified Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga facilitator TCTSY-F. This particular style of trauma sensitive yoga is an evidence based treatment for complex trauma and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). This is grounded in trauma theory, attachment theory and neuroscience. For more info, click here.

Curious about what TCTSY looks like and want to learn more? Check out the short video on the right, created by the Justice Resource Institute featuring David Emerson and Jennifer Turner.


Bookings Essential


Participants are welcome to join within the first 3 weeks of any course.

The group will become closed after week 3. 

4 Week Courses

Tues 21st April - 12th May 2020

Time: 7:15-8:15pm

Thurs 23rd April - 14th May 2020

Time: 10:00 - 11:00am

Investment: $90

Location: One Heart Yoga,

1 St Helier,  Abbotsford, VIC 3067

10 Week Courses

Tuesday 16th June - 18th August

Time: 7:15-8:15pm  

Thursday 6th February - 2nd April 2020  

Time: 10:00-11:00am

Investment: $230.00

Location: One Heart Yoga,

1 St Helier,  Abbotsford, VIC 3067

Private Sessions -Individuals

Contact us today to find a suitable time for you!

Investment: $120  (1 hour session)

Locations: Hurstwood Clinic, South Yarra

                 Kundalini House, North Fitzroy


 Private Sessions -Groups

Contact us today to find a suitable time for you!

Investment: $165  (1 hour session)

Location: Change With Yoga is available to travel to your location and offer trauma sensitive yoga courses for your organisation. Please Note: additional travel fees may be required depending on your location.


ONLINE - Private Sessions

It can be such a challenge attending sessions in person for so many reasons! We hear you! That's why we're offering these sessions where we can meet up online and practice together, while you stay in the comfort of your own home!


Please Note: this is a great option for many but not everyone.   If it's okay with you, we can have a chat over the phone to see how and if it might be a good option for you. 

Time: Contact us for available session times

Investment: 1 Hour $75, 45 mins $65

                     3x 1 Hour Session Package $210 ($70 per session)

                     6x 1 Hour Session Package $390 ($65 per session)

Location: Online via Google Hangout or Skype

Trauma is when we experience or witness an event that is deeply distressing and disturbing.  This could be a physical or emotional trauma. Often when we experience trauma we experience alienation and disassociation from the body and as an affect of this we lose our capacity to be in the moment and experience the here and now. Often our body can remain in a fight or flight response long after we have left the traumatic experience or dangerous environment. Trauma Sensitive Yoga allows us to explore the connection with our body, move towards more safety within our body, and also enables us to possibly explore self regulation skills.

Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) was developed at the Trauma Center  in Brookline, Massachusetts and is a yoga practice designed as treatment for  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), more specifically; Complex Trauma.
TCTSY is an evidence based practice grounded in trauma theory, attachment theory and neuroscience. How this translates into each session is through invitational language, choice making, interoception, non-coercion and shared authentic experience.  

These sessions are designed to create a safe, supportive and non-judgmental environment to enable participants to explore the connection between body and breath through physical forms and movements based on Hatha Yoga, with the opportunity of building a positive relationship with their body. Unlike many general yoga sessions, no physical hands-on adjustments are offered, and the focus is more on the participants’ internal experience as opposed to the external form. TCTSY empowers participants to create choices for their own practice based on the felt sense of being in their body. 

This practice is suitable for trauma survivors with PTSD/ Complex Trauma and who are either in therapy or who have access to a therapist. It is suitable for complete beginners or experienced students. These courses are gender inclusive, if you feel uncomfortable attending a course with a mixed group please do get in touch so that we can discuss your options.  At no time throughout the course will students be asked to talk about their trauma or the nature of their trauma. 

Note: There are intake forms and evaluation forms at the beginning and the end of each course.   This can often be challenging and participants are welcome fill out as much or as little of the forms as they wish.  The purpose of these forms is to give us an idea of how we can support you best throughout the course; as well as offering us direct feedback on how we can keep refining these sessions.  
If you would like to be contacted by the facilitator directly prior to the course starting to discuss your needs, please do let us know.


To learn more about Trauma Sensitive Yoga within Australia, click here and here 


Images above thanks to State Of Being