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Trauma take us out of our body as a protective survival mechanism. While this is a brilliant evolutionary adaptation that helps preserve life, once trauma subsides we need mechanisms and techniques to help us return to our body. The practice of TCTSY is about learning to be in our own skins, and to make choices with our bodies based on the sensations we are experiencing in the present moment.
Trauma sensitive yoga has been scientifically validated as an effective treatment for PTSD. It is especially effective for complex trauma and treatment resistant PTSD.
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TCTSY-F, RYT-500, Accessible Yoga
At the end of her first yoga class over 15 years ago, Liz was laying in savasana with tears streaming down her face. Liz was unaware at the time that she had survived complex childhood trauma and PTSD. Liz completed her RYT-200 program at Lifetime Yoga in Des Moines, Iowa in 2018. It was through Lifetime that she learned about a 3-day TCTSY retreat in San Francisco – the moment she stepped in the room; she was home. The retreat led to the TCTSY Facilitator program graduating in the 2019-2020 Covid-19 cohort. TCTSY was like a magic carpet ride facilitating an embodiment practice meeting people where they are at and from a mat, chair, standing, in a bed.
Facilitating came naturally to Liz and she is now facilitating TCTSY through Zoom at two local hospitals for individuals living with a mental illness and people with substance misuse. Liz also provides TCTSY-F for individuals living in transitional housing.
Liz has broadened her skills since graduation to include Yoga Nidra, as a QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper and, certification as a Clinical Trauma Professional. Currently, Liz is seeking certification in Accessible Yoga and stays current with Basic Life Support through the American Heart Association. Yours in Yoga –
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TIYT Primary Faculty
RYS YTT Director (balance yoga lounge)
Certified Somatic Yoga Teacher
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Eric is a TCTSY facilitator with over 25 years of yoga and meditation practice. He began to understand trauma while teaching meditation and yoga at a drug and alcohol treatment center. Eric found in the TCTSY methodology a powerful way to relate to survivors that he has documented in a chapter of the book, Embodied Healing: Survivor and Facilitator Voices from the Practice of Trauma Sensitive Yoga. Eric uses the principles of TCTSY in working in group yoga settings, private classes, in his work as a Zen Priest, and with college students at Des Moines Area Community College. He is a Soto Zen Buddhist priest recognized by the Soto School in both Japan and the United States. His 15 years of residential training in Zen temples taught him to love himself as he is (which is an ongoing process), to be considerate and aware of the needs of others (also ongoing), and to appreciate being an integral part of this intricate web of life within planet earth. He lives in Ames with his wife and son.