Healing Trauma Through Movement Series

{Now Enrolling for Summer 2018} 

Tuesdays 7:30-9pm

SESSION one: June 19 - July 10

SESSION TWO: July 31 - aug 21


WEDNESDAYS 4 - 5:30pm

SESSION one: June 20 - July 11

SESSION TWO: Aug 1- aug 22

To register, schedule a complimentary, 20 minute phone consultation with Kelsey. This is a great opportunity to find out if this series is the right fit for you. 


What is Trauma Sensitive Yoga?

If you have ever felt empty, disconnected or hopelessness in relationship to your body, it does not mean that there is anything wrong with you. It may be due to the impact of trauma on your nervous system. 

As the result of traumatic life events, the parts of the brain that connect mind and body become disrupted. Because of this, your body can become shut down & difficult or scary to feel. You may feel like a shell of a human, worthless or like you just can't go on.  You may feel overwhelmed with depression, anxiety or panic attacks. Maybe you just want to breathe again.

You are not stuck. There is a way to change this. 

The way through the numbness, fear, pain and anxiety is through the body. By noticing your body and beginning to feel your body, you can actually re-wire the neural networks in your brain that communicate your essential worthiness. From this place you can begin to grow a deeper level of self love and acceptance. 

Trauma Sensitive Yoga provides a safe space for you to feel your body. 

Through a series of gentle postures you will be invited to notice sensations.

Everything is offered as an invitation.

Multiple variations are offered in each yoga form and participants are encouraged to choose the level of participation moment to moment.

In the class you get to practice yoga on your terms.

Kelsey will not offer physical assists or be walking around the room.  She will offer verbal assists as needed.

On your mat, you will be invited to move at your own pace.  

Together we will practice making choices, noticing sensation and taking effective action.

This protocol works to re-wire your brain and nervous system to integrate and transcend trauma.

Is this a clinical treatment?

Yes. (I didn't just make this all up). Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is an evidence-based treatment protocol for PTSD developed by leading researchers in the fields of trauma & psychology. It is based on clinical trials performed at the Trauma Center in Brookline Massachusetts by psychiatrist and leading trauma researcher, Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk and yoga teacher David Emerson.  

Kelsey Gustafson, RYT 200, TCTSY-F, holds an advanced certification in Trauma Sensitive Yoga through the Trauma Center in Brookline Mass. She is the only certified TCTSY-F practitioner in California. 

TCTSY is the first somatic modality to be scientifically proven as an effective adjunctive treatment for psychological trauma. The point of it is to engage the neural networks in the brain that are damaged by trauma. The way we reconnect them is through interoception, in other words moving the body and feeling the body. This is a learn-able skill we can practice together!

Is this class for me?

If you have experienced sexual or physical assault, surgery, illness, medical trauma, psychological abuse, or neglect, Trauma Sensitive Yoga can help you integrate fragmented parts so that you can feel more whole and at ease in your body. 

These small all-women's yoga groups are designed specifically to cultivate safety & heal trauma held in the mind & body. They are 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. 

What are the potential benefits?

  • Integration of physical & mental health

  • Acceptance of one's self and body

  • Enhanced ability to make healthy choices

  • Increased self-esteem

  • Connection to self & others

  • Vitality & engagement in life

What are students saying?

"Before the class, I spent a lot of time disassociated from my body. In the class, I found myself spending more time there and really feeling what it's like to live in my own body."

"There was no pressure to compete, keep up, push hard, or act in a specific way. It felt like a warm, soft, quiet, safe-haven to come to each week. It was a little retreat from the world of rushing, external focus, and fitting in."

"Kelsey is great, she makes it feel safe, she makes it easy to stay in the present. In the beginning, Kelsey was always very clear about what to expect, and confirms everything so you know when and where to go. She's very calming and she reminds you of choices you can make to feel more comfortable."

"Since I had become kind of isolated I was having trouble wanting to be around other people. This class was an easy first thing to do to be around people without having to talk, staying busy doing something that is relaxing and safe. So I appreciated that about the group setting."

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The Details (who, what, when, where, why)


What:  A healing yoga group for women ready to transform trauma and step into wholeness.

Who: This class is open to anyone who self-identifies as a woman having experienced trauma. The container is tightly held and requires registration with a maximum of 10 participants. No drop-ins.

When: There are two sessions this summer. You can take just session 1, just session 2 or both sessions for the full course. 

Session 1: Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 pm, June 19 - July 10

Session 2: Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 pm, July 31 - Aug 21

Where: The Berkeley Yoga Center, Studio C, 2121 Bonar St. Berkeley Ca {Walking distance from N. Berkeley BART}

Series Includes:

  • 20 minute intake interview

  • Weekly in-person classes

  • Online video classes to guide you in an at-home practice 

  • Email access to Kelsey for the duration of the program

  • A copy of the book Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga; Reclaiming Your Body by David Emerson

Investment: $295/session early bird (Before June 1st) $395/session regular (After June 1st). $550 if you attend both sessions 1 & 2. The tuition covers all materials and both online and in person classes. The full fee is due 7 days before the start date of the series. These classes are small and limited in size and once you register, I hold that space for you. 

Refunds: If for any reason you are not able to attend the workshop, refunds will only be available if a cancellation request is made prior to 7 days before the start date of the class. If you provide less than 7 days notice, no refunds are available.

Prerequisites: This class is an adjunctive treatment for traditional therapy. Active participation in therapy is a requirement for participation. If you would like help finding a therapist, Kelsey can offer support during your free initial consultation.

Register:  The first step in registration is to schedule a complimentary, 20 minute phone consultation with Kelsey. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the series, ask questions and find out if this series is the right fit for you. Calls are available now. You can click the button below to schedule. 

Please keep in mind that space is limited to 10 women per class, so schedule your call soon! 


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Q: How is TCTSY (Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga) different than other styles of yoga?

A: TCTSY is not about the form of the posture, but about the sensation in the body.  It is an evidence-based protocol that is based on clinical trials and has been proven an effective adjunctive treatment for psychological trauma.  The point of it is to engage the neural networks in the brain that are damaged by trauma.  This area of the brain is stimulated through interoception, in other words moving the body and feeling the body.  


Q: How do I know that I have the "right" kind of trauma?

A: TCTSY was designed to work with complex trauma and PTSD.  Women in the classes have experienced different types of trauma from surgery, to sexual or physical assault to chronic neglect or unhealthy relationship.  If you have questions about if this could help you, one option is to schedule a complimentary consultation call with Kelsey where you can discuss this together.


Q: Is this a form of psychotherapy?

A: No.  TCTSY is an adjunctive treatment for trauma and works well as a complement to psychotherapy.  There is no talking or processing involved in TSY and no need to go into the story around the trauma.  In fact, we strive not to engage the cognitive brain at all in this treatment.  


Q: Do I need to be in psychotherapy to participate?

A: Yes.  There is no talking involved in the TSY protocol, and for your safety and integration it is important to have access to the support of a mental healthcare professional.  TCTSY has been shown to enhance progress in traditional psychotherapy.  


Q: I am interested in participating, but I'm not in psychotherapy right now.  Can I still come?

A: TCTSY is best experienced as an adjunctive treatment to traditional talk therapy.  If you would like to find a therapist, Kelsey can offer referrals to local, talented healers in the community.  There are several somatic psychotherapists who have offices at Innerstellar as well as local low-income clinics that she would recommend.  Email Kelsey for details. 


Q: What if I get triggered in class?

A: Emotions may come up in class as they do in the rest of life.  Kelsey will offer grounding techniques to help you center if you become dis-regulated.  Participants are encouraged to choose their level of participation moment to moment.  If you need special attention during class Kelsey will be available and if anything comes up afterwards you will be able to process it with your therapist.  


Q: What kind of feedback will you be requesting?

A: On the last week of the series we will email you a survey about how the classes felt for you.  You will have an opportunity to provide direct and anonymous feedback then.