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.

Virtual Yoga to Heal the Nervous System  @ Ocean & Crow Yoga Zoom Studio
Wednesdays 6:00-7:15pm starting May 6 with a complimentary class.
$75+tax ($18.75/week)
Click here to register for the unlimited class access pass.*
Download the free Zoom app before class.

A regular yoga practice can increase flexibility and strength, improve balance, and enhance mental clarity. The techniques practiced in yoga can also strengthen the nervous system and help us to calm down, get grounded, and feel better in our day to day lives. This 8-week series will focus on gentle, all-levels therapeutic movement practice. Students will learn body-based practices, to support nervous system regulation and resilience. The practice will emphasize internal experience, choice making & moving safely together. Beginners are welcome.

*Members from the March-April session of classes may use their passes for this class. Register at least 1 hour before class in order to get the link to the Zoom studio. You will be deducted a visit if you cancel less than an hour before class.

The Resilient Living™ Trauma Day Treatment Program at Boreal Wellness
This program aims to improve daily functioning and over-all quality of life for clients, and assist them with returning to work (if appropriate). Topics that are covered include self-care, safety, understanding how PTSD/OSI impacts your body, emotions, triggers and relationships.
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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

“Nicole Emily Marcia is a masterful facilitator of trauma-sensitive yoga. There is growing consensus in trauma theory that the body plays an important role in healing. Nicole’s approach to yoga offers trauma survivors a wonderful supplement to traditional talk therapy, one that can help cultivate a compassionate bodily awareness. On top of that, Nicole is focused, gentle, and kind; a real pleasure to work with.”

-Andrew Herfst, MA, RCC, CCC