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Women's Trauma Sensitive Yoga Series


Blossom House  ten-week, women-only Trauma Sensitive Yoga series of classes is currently on pause due to Covid-19. Please check back for updates on when this ten-week series is offered again. Participants may enroll in subsequent series as needed.


Women's Trauma Sensitive Yoga Series

Suggested donation for the ten-week series is $300, however, this series is offered on a sliding scale basis:

 $500 - Supporter (supports others as well as yourself)
$300 - Sustainer (pays for you)
$150  - Community (discounted fee)

Payment may be made in house by cash or check; to pay by card or with PayPal, join the 10-week Trauma Sensitive Yoga series in Group Services here.

Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is an evidence-based treatment protocol for PTSD and other treatment resistant trauma like Complex or Developmental Trauma developed by leading researchers in the fields of trauma and psychology. It is based on clinical trials performed at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts by psychiatrist and leading trauma researcher Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk and yoga teacher David Emerson. TCTSY is the only kind of trauma sensitive yoga listed on the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) for trauma treatment in the United States by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).


The main objectives of Trauma Sensitive Yoga 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.

  • We 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

  • Stretching

  • 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 helping 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, making this class more comfortable for those individuals who find it difficult to be in groups. Facilitators of Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga take care to remove potentially triggering elements of a yoga session, therefore, they do not offer physical assists in yoga forms and they do not walk or move around the room. Students are invited to participate in ways which are useful for their experience in any particular form or moment.

TCTSY is the first somatic modality to be scientifically proven as an effective adjunctive treatment for psychological trauma. As we practice feeling and breathing with awareness, the neural networks in our brain that may be damaged by trauma have an opportunity to reconnect. The way we can reconnect our neural pathways using TCTSY is through interoception--the practice of identifying with our body. For more information on how and why Trauma Sensitive Yoga works, read this article.

Jody Hassel, E-RYT 200, TCTSY-F, holds an advanced certification in Trauma Sensitive Yoga training through the Justice Resource Institute's Center for Trauma and Embodiment in Boston. She facilitates all Trauma Sensitive Yoga sessions at Blossom House, and she is the only certified TCTSY-F practitioner in Alaska.

Classes are open to 6 registrants. PARTICIPANTS ARE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED TO BE CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN THERAPY AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION. Interested clients (or clinicians) should contact Jody Hassel E-RYT, TCTSY-F for a screening to determine eligibility. TSY is an adjunctive treatment to traditional therapy. Active participation in therapy or a strong support network outside of this practice is a requirement for enrollment. If you are a therapist and would like more information about what your client can expect, please contact Jody Hassel, and she will be glad to answer any questions you have.

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