Sarah Holmes de Castro

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

My own journey with yoga began when I was 23.  I’d learned a little yoga as a teenager from an old book I came across in my parents’ attic, but it wasn’t until I experienced trauma in the form of sexual assault by a stranger that I really began to explore the mind-body benefits of the practice. Yoga was hugely helpful with self-regulation, re-connection and supported me to recover from a sense of mistrust – of my own embodiment, of other people and of the unpredictable world around.

My own experiences as a survivor as well as contemporary trauma theory, attachment theory and neuroscience inform my teaching and I have been conducting yoga classes with a therapeutic focus since 2004.  I have taught yoga in many different settings. The majority of the clients I have worked with have been impacted by trauma in its myriad forms.  Locations I’ve taughts at include Vancouver Coastal Health Mental Health Teams, the Vancouver Women’s Health Collective, Pacifica Treatment Centre, the BC College of Psychologists, New Dawn recovery home for women, PHS Community Services at Onsite, YWCA’s Munroe House (Canada’s first second-stage transition house), Spirit Way (second-stage housing for Aboriginal women) and a women’s prison. I offer pre-registered women’s series and group and individual sessions in Victoria, BC.

I’m the Coordinator at the Vancouver-based non-profit organization, Yoga Outreach, where I oversee delivery of over 20 yoga programs in a wide variety of venues with clients living with mental health and addiction issues and the impacts of trauma as well as develop and deliver trainings in trauma-informed yoga.  I began studying Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) at the Trauma Center, Boston, MA in 2010 and am a certified TCTSY facilitator as well as training faculty member. I am also a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT), am a certified restorative yoga teacher and am certified in advanced assessment and treatment through Functional Yoga Therapy. 

I share therapeutic yoga because I’ve received so much through my own practice and because I hear from so many clients about the greater sense of embodied safety and wellbeing they receive from their practice too. I’m committed both to increasing access to the benefits of yoga and to understanding and addressing the wider societal injustices that are obstacles to wellbeing. 

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

TCTSY (Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga) 20-hour Foundational Workshop
March 8-10, (Friday night 5:30-8:30, Sat & Sun 10-5)
Heart of the Village Yoga, 2186 Oak Bay Ave Suite 205, Victoria, BC
$360 Earlybird rate until January 31, $395 after. 

This 2.5 day TCTSY Foundational Workshop will introduce you to the core concepts and applications of the highly regarded yoga intervention for trauma – Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY), a clinical treatment supporting healing from complex trauma or chronic, treatment-resistant Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). TCTSY is the only yoga technique registered as an evidence-based practice with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA) within the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) in the United States.

We will explore the underlying theoretical foundations of TCTSY in attachment theory, trauma theory and neuroscience through presentations, dialogue and experiential learning over the weekend as well as considering the ways in which TCTSY fits within an anti-oppressive framework.

You do not have to be a yoga teacher to participate in this training! This workshop is designed to offer skills for yoga teachers/therapists to make their classes more trauma-informed and to support mental health professionals to bring the body into treatment when working with people affected by chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD, developmental, and/or complex trauma. Please note this workshop is designed with professional development in mind.

Facilitated by TCTSY faculty member and certified yoga therapist Sarah Holmes de Castro, MA, TCTSY-F, C-IAYT. Sarah has been sharing yoga in clinical settings since 2004, began training at the Trauma Center in 2010 and is the Director of Programs at Yoga Outreach. This workshop is accredited by the Trauma Center at Justice Research Institute (JRI) and is a pre-requisite to apply for their 300-hr TCTSY Certification Program.

To register please email sarahhdc@finebalanceyoga.com 

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