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What is Trauma Conscious Yoga?

The Trauma Conscious Yoga Method is a blend of *somatic psychotherapy, trauma-informed yoga, *Polyvagal theory, and *Internal Family Systems. This healing modality incorporates mindful movement, breath work, and the added guidance of a licensed Mental Health Therapist to help participants become self aware, present, and better able to tolerate the ups and downs of life by learning how to lean into a full range of emotions and experiences. 

What if I don't have trauma?
Is a TCYM class beneficial to me?

Yes! The benefits of a TCYM class can include attunement, presence, nervous system regulation, and stress reduction. We could all use some more of these things

*Somatic Psychotherapy is a body-centered approach to healing which teaches clients to attune to the emotions in their body, learning to recognize sensations as the stored or "stuck" energy of unprocessed stress and trauma. Through attunement, empathy, and movement, the client learns to tolerate the emotional experience, and with the guidance of a mental health professional, the client is able to release the stuck energy and reprocess the event through the lens of safety and connection.
*Polyvagal Theory is a theoretical approach proposed by Dr. Stephen Porges. This theory explains how the Vagus nerve impacts our body-mind connection, our ability to connect with others, and our capacity to feel safe and present in each moment. This theory gives a framework which explains the benefits of breathwork (pranayama), yoga, and other vagal toning exercises as a way to regulate our nervous systems and increase our experience of resiliency. 
*Internal Family Systems (IFS) "is a transformative tool that conceives every human being as a system of protective and wounded inner parts lead by a core Self. We believe the mind is naturally multiple and that is a good thing. Just like members of a family, inner parts are forced from their valuable states into extreme roles within us. Self is in everyone. It can’t be damaged. It knows how to heal. IFS is frequently used as an evidence-based psychotherapy, helping people heal by accessing and healing their protective and wounded inner parts. IFS creates inner and outer connectedness by helping people first access their Self and, from that core, come to understand and heal their parts." (Quote: What is Internal Family Systems

Sarah Hagan Davis, LPC, RYT200, TCYM2

Is certified as a Level 2 Trauma Conscious Yoga Method Teacher. This certification is 55 additional hours of training beyond the hours required to be a registered yoga teacher and Licensed Mental Health Therapist. Sarah is also a licensed Mental Health Therapist, specializing in trauma healing and reprocessing through somatic psychotherapy and mindfulness. 

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