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 to Heal the Nervous System with Nicole Marcia @ Ocean & Crow Yoga/Space
7 Wednesdays, Nov. 6 – Dec 18 6:00-7:15pm

$119+tax before October 26th, $133+tax after.
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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. No hands-on adjustments. Beginners are welcome.

Yoga for Mental Health
4 Wednesdays, Sept 18 -Oct 9 4:00-5:30pm
$140+tax before Sept 11th, $160+tax after (Pre-registration required. No drop-ins)
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Mental health includes the way we perceive our lives, how we interact with the world and our communities as well as our internal emotional landscape. Our mental health can affect our day to day life, relationships, physical health and our ability to build and sustain psychological resilience. Yoga can support us to feel more at home in our bodies and more connected in our relationships, communities and beyond.

This 4-part workshop will unpack the Yogic and medical models of mental health and explore how to understand, embody and utilize the practices and philosophies of yoga. We will move through an al levels asana practice to support being balanced and grounded so we can make the world we live in better, more beautiful, and way more interesting. This workshop is for anyone wanting to learn more about what it means to live expansive and interdependent lives.

Weekly home practices and workbook included.

*This class has one spot available for work-study. Email to apply.

Yoga for Restoring the Nervous System
November 29, 1:00pm – 4:00pm (3-hour workshop)
The Tsawwassen Wellness Centre, Tsawwassen, BC
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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