Trauma Sensitive Yoga Workshop with Esther van der Sande


Map of Bronte, NSW
38c, Macpherson St, Bronte, NSW, 2024, Australia
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Tuesday, 1 Nov 2016 to Thursday, 10 Nov 2016
Early Bird $595.00 until Friday November 18th, $695.00 afterwards
0490 090 530



Friday December 2nd: 6-9pm
Friday December 9th: 6-9pm
Saturday December 10th: 9:45-12:45 and 2:45-7.45pm
Sunday December 11th: 9:45-12:45 and 2:45-5:45pm


Early Bird $595.00 until Friday November 18th, $695.00 afterwards

20 Workshop for Yoga Teachers
This 20hr workshop will introduce students to the core concepts and applications of David Emerson’ highly regarded intervention for Complex Trauma Key Themes:

History and Development of Trauma Diagnostic Frameworks

  • Neurophysiology of Stress and Trauma
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology:
  • Attachment, Attunement and Reciprocity –
  • Abuse and Neglect – the Destruction of self
  • The Spectrum of Trauma Symptoms:
  • Interoception, Choice, Agency and Relational Safety,

The Spectrum of Trauma Treatments

  • Safety & Stabilization
  • Processing Traumatic Memories
  • Consolidation, Integration & Reconnection

Trauma Centre, Trauma Sensitive Yoga:

  • Interoception, Choice, Agency and Relational Safety,
  • Method
  • Teaching Practice
  • Responsible, Accountable and Ethical Practice:
  • Scope of Practice for Yoga Teachers and Clinicians
  • Trauma Informed Vs Trauma Sensitive
  • Adapting a General Yoga Class

The 20 Hr workshop will be delivered using a number of teaching mediums:

  • Teaching examples
  • Clinical examples
  • Small and large group brainstorming/discussion
  • Teaching Practice
  • Q &A sessions

Accredited by The Trauma Centre, Brookline Massachusetts

Please note – IMPORTANT
This program is solely for professional development and is not intended as an intervention for those who have experienced trauma. Talking about trauma, even in the context of a professional training, may be triggering.


About Esther

Esther van der Sande is a Clinical Somatic Psychotherapist, Eye Movement Desensitisation (EMDR) Clinician, and a qualified Yoga and Mindfulness teacher and practitioner. Esther is the co-founder of Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga Australia and Sydney based member of the Trauma Centre, Boston Training Faculty. Esther has been working in the private and in the community sector for over ten years. She practices in Yoga, TCTSY, the neuroscience of trauma and healing and the pervasiveness of complex development trauma in today’s young adolescents and adults.

Esther has a particular interest in individuals who present with complex trauma, and psychosomatic complaints. Also, people with complex life stories, who may be experiencing some form of anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of their experiences.

What is a trauma informed yoga practice?

Esther will present on yoga practice as a supportive therapy for everyday mental health challenges or mood/psychosocial disorder. Esther will also outline how you can work with it the benefits and the ongoing support that is available through her clinic.

Esther will show how fostering accessibility through group classes or one on one is made easy for clients living with everyday life and the stress this can bring. Through the practise of yoga, the forms and movement can assist with mental health training and yoga as a clinical adjunctive therapy. Our experiences matter and need to be taken care of and one way is through the practise of yoga. A yoga practice is more than a series of movements that stretch the body. In a mental health context we develop tools to be used in everyday to manage our minds, feelings, and emotions.