CLASSES

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.

Yoga for Resilient, Embodied Well Being with Nicole Marcia
@Ocean & Crow Yoga/Space**
Yoga can support us to feel more at home in our bodies and calmer and more confident in the world. How and why does yoga work? How can we integrate what we experience in practice into our lives? How do our bodies and emotions inform one another? This interactive class series explores how yoga and mindfulness may support our ability to thrive emotionally and in turn contribute to the well-being of our communities and beyond. Each class will focus on aspects of personal and social health and will include education, reflection and integration through a gentle, all -levels yoga practice. Students will learn simple, body-based, self-regulation techniques to support resilience and a sense of agency in their bodies and will be better equipped to manage stress, trauma, depression and anxiety. This class series provides a space for personal inquiry and illumination for anyone who would like to tap into their own emotional, resilient beings. This trauma informed class will emphasize internal experience, choice making and moving safely together from a supported place of embodied empathy and attunement. No hands-on assists will be offered in this class. Beginners are welcome.
5:45 PM – 7:15 PM
8 Wednesdays – September 13- November 1
$153+tax before September 5  & $168+tax after. Pre-registration required; no drop ins. Maximum 12 students.
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**Try a complimentary sample of this class on Wednesday, August 30th, 5:45 – 7:15. Enrollment is required: Click here to register.

Yoga for Resilient, Embodied Well-Being with Sarah Holmes de Castro  in Victoria Ajna Yoga/Monterey Studio**
5:30-7:00 pm
6 Wednesdays, September 13-October 18
$150+tax. before September 1 & $180+tax. after. Pre-registration required; no drop ins. Maximum 12 students.  
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**Please contact Sarah at sarahhdc@finebalanceyoga.ca for more information, or if a sliding scale rate is needed.

Mindful Movement for Women: A Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Series with Sarah Holmes de Castro in Victoria @ Ajna Yoga/Monterey Studio
6 Wednesdays, 5:30-6:45pm  November 8-Dec 13
This series is designed for women living with complex trauma or chronic PTSD. Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is an empirically validated, adjunctive clinical treatment for complex trauma or chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD.
$180+tax before October 31 $210+tax. after. Pre-registration required; no drop ins. Maximum 12 students.
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**Please contact Sarah at sarahhdc@finebalanceyoga.ca if a sliding scale rate is needed. 

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