Sarah Holmes de Castro

Sarah Holmes de Castro, MA, ERYT 200, RYT-500, TCTSY-F

I am a yoga teacher, teacher trainer, Integrative Yoga Therapist and Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F) and have been offering therapeutic yoga to people who have a history of trauma and/or mental health issues since 2004.

I am the Director of Programs at Yoga Outreach, a non profit organization which partners with healthcare, social service and prison staff and trained yoga teachers to provide trauma-informed yoga programming to adults and youth facing challenges with mental health, addiction, poverty, violence, trauma, and imprisonment. We offer trainings both for yoga teachers and healthcare and support workers and work in partnership with clinical and support staff to create programs that are trauma-informed, strengths-based, accessible and relevant for the people we serve.

Since 2004 I’ve facilitated yoga programs in settings including yoga studios, prisons, detox facilities, mental health facilities, corporate boardrooms, women’s transition houses, mothers’ support groups and more.

I am a faculty member at Ajna Yoga and a guest instructor at Langara Continuing Studies and hold certifications in Functional Yoga Therapy™ and restorative yoga. I have also completed trainings in Pain Care Yoga and am interested in yoga as a path to recovery from both emotional and physical pain.

My practice as a yoga teacher & therapist is also informed by my own embodied experience as a survivor and exploring the cultivation of balance in the wake of trauma through lived experience. I am also a mother of 2 small children and offer workshops tailored specifically for mothers.
I believe a yoga practice should be accessible, sustainable, and bring greater ease, joy and resilience in everyday life. I teach public classes at Ajna Yoga in Victoria, BC.

Sarah offers private and group sessions in therapeutic yoga and Trauma Centre Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Victoria, BC. You can contact her at 778 889 7067 or

Yoga for Resilient, Embodied Well-Being with Sarah Holmes de Castro in Victoria @ Ajna Yoga/Monterey Studio**
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? Join yoga therapist and teacher trainer Sarah Holmes de Castro for this interactive class series exploring how yoga and mindfulness may support our ability to thrive emotionally and in turn contribute to the well-being of our communities and beyond.
6 Wednesdays, September 13-October 18 – 5:30-7:00 pm
$150+tax. before September 1 & $180+tax. after
Click here to register
Pre-registration required; no drop ins. Maximum 12 students.  

**Please contact Sarah at 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
Click here to register
Pre-registration required; no drop ins. Maximum 12 students.
**Please contact Sarah at if a sliding scale rate is needed. 

What is Trauma Sensitive Yoga? Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is an evidence-based treatment protocol for complex trauma and treatment-resistant PTSD developed by leading researchers in the fields of trauma & psychology. TCTSY is the first somatic modality to be scientifically proven as an effective adjunctive treatment for psychological trauma. It engages the neural networks in the brain that are damaged by trauma. This small all-women’s yoga group is designed specifically to cultivate safety & heal trauma held in the mind & body. It is open to anyone who self-identifies as female and as having experienced trauma. You do not need to have an official PTSD diagnosis in order to participate, neither do you need to have prior yoga experience.

Contact Sarah to schedule your complimentary phone information session.

“As a mom who used to be a professional, I struggle to find any kind of balance in this new perpetual wave-machine version of life. While I was an occasional yoga person before, never had I experienced the calm and peace offered by a session with Sarah. She got to know me and my situation first, and then designed a practice that centered me, both mind and body…Throughout she created a calm, quiet and un-pressured space that gave me room to feel where my body was wanting more balance, and to sense where my mind/spirit was somewhat off its path. Just getting the space to feel those dislocations was amazing, but even more so was that such clarity could be achieved in 90 minutes. I would say it was breath-taking except that this is yoga. Needless to say, I highly recommend her.”   – Kris L