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

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  January 17-February 21, 2018
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.
$150+tax before January 5, $180+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.

Clinicians’ Information Session on Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) with Sarah Holmes de Castro in Victoria @ Ajna Yoga/Monterey Studio
Wednesday December 13, 5:30-7 pm
This FREE information session is intended for clinicians working with trauma survivors. The aim is to introduce some theoretical concepts and offer a brief opportunity to practice the evidence-based intervention for complex trauma: Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) created by David Emerson in partnership with Bessel van der Kolk. No prior yoga experience is assumed/required and practice will be seated in chairs.
TCTSY is an empirically validated, adjunctive clinical treatment for complex trauma or chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD. Developed at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, TCTSY has foundations in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, and Neuroscience as well as Hatha Yoga practice with an emphasis on body-based yoga forms and breathing practices.
For more information please email
This is a free event. Click here to register

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