Trauma survivors often come to the practice of yoga on the recommendation of their health care providers, to cultivate, “the simple body awareness that makes it possible to gauge, slow down, and halt traumatic hyper-arousal, and to separate past from present ” (Rothschild, 2000).

Fine Balance Trauma Informed Yoga classes are designed to meet the unique therapeutic needs of individuals living with the somatic aftermath of trauma. Therapeutically-based classes help students gently reconnect with their bodies in a safe, supportive manner that emphasizes choice, mindfulness and ease. An ideal adjunct to traditional psychotherapy.

Reclaim, Connect & Thrive: Body/Mind Integration. Yoga with Nicole Marcia @ Ocean & Crow Yoga/Space
8 Wednesdays, 5:45-7:15  from Jan 9-Feb 27, 2019
$154+tax before Jan 3 / $168+tax after
Modern postural yoga can support us to feel more at home in our bodies & more connected in our relationships, communities & beyond. This class series provides a space for personal inquiry & illumination for anyone who would like to tap into their own experience of body/mind connection both on & off the mat. This trauma-informed class will focus on aspects of personal & social health & will include discussion, education, reflection & integration through a gentle, all-levels therapeutic movement practice. Students will learn body-based, self-regulation techniques to support resilience & a sense of agency in their bodies & in the world. The practice will emphasize internal experience, choice making & moving safely together. No hands-on adjustments. Beginners are welcome.
Pre-registration required. Maximum 12 students. There is one work-study spot available in this course. Email to apply. This class comes with one Bonus Class you can use to attend another class on the schedule during the session.
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Mindful Movement for Women: A Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Series with Sarah Holmes de Castro
Ajna Yoga/Monterey Studio #209-2250 Oak Bay Ave
6 Wednesdays, 5:30-6:45pm  Sept 26-Oct 31, 2018
This series is designed for women living with the impacts of trauma, utilizing a movement practice that cultivates body connection and agency.  Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is an empirically validated, adjunctive clinical treatment for complex trauma or chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD and is underpinned by attachment theory, trauma theory and neuroscience. Beginners are welcome.
New students: $132+tax / Returning students: $108+tax
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Pre-registration is required; no drop ins. Class size is limited to 12 students. 
**Please contact Sarah at for more info or if financial assistance is needed. 

Trauma Informed Yoga for Emotional Well-being: A Mat-based Yoga Class & Lecture @ the Tommy Douglas Branch Library
6:30 – 8:00 – November 5, 2018
Traumatic life events can result in isolation, and physical and emotional health issues. Yoga can support us to feel more connected to our bodies and our communities.
In this interactive lecture Yoga Therapist Nicole Marcia, MA will provide an introduction to trauma-informed Yoga for emotional well-being and self-regulation followed but a gentle mat-based Yoga class. All fitness  levels welcome, please wear comfortable clothes that you can move in & bring your own mat.
Registration is free, but space is limited. Register by phone at: 604-522-3971, in-person, or online.

To discuss bringing a Fine Balance Trauma Informed Yoga Class to you contact me.  To discuss developing classes on Vancouver Island, please contact Sarah Holmes de Castro.

“I just wanted to share how much I loved tonight’s class. You know, yoga has been something I have wanted try again, for a long time now, but never got around to it. I did try it 3 different times/classes/teachers about 10 years ago or more, but it never was a match – too hard to get myself into those positions and I was very self-conscious. However, tonight was different. It helped being so small and intimate but more then that it was ‘you’. You made me feel so completely comfortable to be exactly where I am in my own skin as it is now. I mean really, what else is there?! You are a gifted woman who has an innate ability to ‘tune in’ and to lead through the lens of unconditional acceptance.”

Participant, Trauma Sensitive Yoga Classes for Women, 2013