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, 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. 

10 Week Courses

Tuesday 1st February - 5th April 2022

Time: 6:00-7:00pm  

Location: Online via ZOOM (a link will be sent through to you in a welcome email a few days before the start date)

Investment: $250.00 full

                      $200.00 concession

                      Partially or Fully subsidised places available

                      Pay it Forward (help support someone else)

Note: Partially or fully subsidised places are available on each course providing that there are enough participants for the course to go ahead. If you are interested in applying for one of these places please do get in touch.

If you have been affected by COVID-19 financially, we are also able to offer places at a reduced rate. Please do get in touch to discuss what might be a reasonable rate for you.  


If you would like to PAY IT FORWARD and support someone in need you are welcome to make a payment to Change With Yoga and then email us to notify what your payment is for. Your payment will then go towards paying for another student to attend a session/course.

Account Name:  E.D. Newberry, Acc No:  10278853, BSB:  065504


On booking.....  

If you are interested in joining one of our groups, please sign up by clicking the Book Online tab. On booking in, we will be in touch with an intake form (or we can call you if you'd prefer). You're welcome to fill in as much or as little as you would like. The intake form (or phone call) is a part of our screening process and this can be a useful tool to determine how we can support you best throughout the course and also how suited the TCTSY practice might be for you at this time. We're always happy to chat if you have any questions at all prior to booking in.

Note: If you have been hospitalized within the 6 months leading up to the course please do get in touch before booking in. 

Private Sessions -Individuals

Contact us today to find a suitable time for you!

Investment: $150  (1 hour session)

                       $75 (30 minutes - online only)

Locations: Hurstwood Clinic, South Yarra

                    Kundalini House, North Fitzroy

                    ONLINE Studio via Zoom


 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 Available

1 hour or 30 minute sessions

NDIS funded clients are welcome

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 


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Images above thanks to Collective Being