Online Zoom Sessions

8 Week course in 2 parts  

The practices can be done seated, standing or whatever position works for you  

Part 1 - Finding Safety in Mind & Body

Building a foundation for healing
Regulating the nervous system without directly focusing on the breath

Monday 1 - 2.30 pm 10, 17, 23, 30 January 2022

Part 2 - Flow & Capacity - Online

Using breathing and other techniques for regulation

Please register your interest to be consulted about the new dates

£65 (£50 Concessions for low income) (£40 repeaters)
The course includes practice audios or videos, a pdf of any slides & a Course Manual as well as the zoom recording

Each session will include  :

  • A short talk & a theme woven through each session
  • Yoga based postures & movement
  • A short relaxation
  • Time for sharing

We all suffer from the dysregulation of trauma, but some of us more than others.  Trauma can come from childhood, single events including medical interventions, and the stress of modern life.

Science is pointing to the fact that trauma is held in all cells of the body and must be released by the body for complete healing to occur. Talking therapy is only part of the picture and mindful body-based approaches like Trauma-Sensitive Yoga can be a vital part of the healing journey.

The foundation for this Yoga & Mindfulness course is carefully exploring safety in our body-mind.  This is a useful skill set that we can use in our daily life to help us to sleep, rest, connect with others and feel more joy in life.

There is no one size fits all way for healing so the course offers choices within the practice as we learn skills of self-regulation and resilience building through the possibilities of moving, sound, breathing and relaxation.

As we begin to attune to the ways that work for us, we can make better choices to begin to re-wire our nervous system.  This tending and befriending gradually opens the door to a sense of self-empowerment.

Expect a little science of nervous system regulation woven in to help us understand why we feel certain things and why certain ways of doing things are helpful for our post-traumatic growth. This understanding can nourish our self-acceptance.

When we have PTSD or other kinds of trauma, regular Yoga classes may not feel safe enough to relax into and get its benefits.  For example we may finding breathing practices and closing our eyes too uncomfortable.

So, Sally is offering this specialised class to help yous find your own ways into an appropriate practice.  She draws on her 19 years experience of teaching Yoga, Mindfulness & Compassion, her personal journey of healing trauma and her study into Yoga Therapy and the science and practice of trauma healing. Over the past 4 years she has been offering trauma-sensitive Yoga & Mindfulness in organisation in the North East.

The courses can be taken consecutively as one course or you can do the parts separately.  Part 1 is a pre-requisite for Part 2.   This is a popular course that runs regularly and you are welcome to repeat either part as many times as you like to embed the learning.  Re-wiring our nervous system can be slow and we need to work gently and appropriately.  If you repeat the course you will find the themes and theory are repeated (with some evolution over time) but the movement sequences are different.  So you get to consolidate your learning spiced up with some variety.

Sally suffered from chronic fatigue in her early 20s which sparked her healing journey and drew her to Yoga. This has included Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, learning about nervous system regulation, Feldenkrais and Somatic Experiencing. Over the past 3 years she has offered Trauma-Sensitive Yoga & Mindfulness (including Chair based classes) for people with trauma often manifesting as chronic illness, pain and fatigue at Sunderland Recovery College, Tyneside Women’s Health, NIWE, Cygnus Support & Mentoring, the Road to Recovery Trust and Shantibee–Holistic Well Being Centre.

Her career began as an Information Scientist and then a Community Education Worker/Women’s Support Worker, before finding her vocation as a Yoga and Meditation teacher in 2001. She has done full training courses in Hatha Yoga, Anahata Yoga (500 hr), Scaraveilli-Yoga and Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga.

Currently she is nearing the completion of her training to be a Yoga Therapist specialising in Mental Health with the The Minded Institute and offers an evidence informed approach to her specialist classes like 'Sleep Well Yoga'.

Sally runs regular Mindfulness and Compassion courses and weaves its insights and practices through her Yoga. She has completed 4 years of training with the Mindfulness Association as well as International Compassion teachers, Paul Gilbert, Kristin Neff and Chris Germer. She adheres to the Good Practice Guidelines and is on the UK listing of Mindfulness Teachers.

Her teaching reveals the threads of many influences from Yoga, including Heather Mason (Yoga Therapy for mental health), David Emerson (Trauma-Sensitive Yoga), Yasmin Labat (Yoga for Chronic Pain-Myo-fascial approach), James Reeves (iRest Yoga Nidra for PTSD).  Also other professionals who specialise in trauma Peter Levine, Irene Lyon, Bessel Van der Kolk and Pat Ogdon.

For more information about Sally's training and qualifications read more

"Sally is an experienced teacher of yoga, mindfulness and compassion with a wealth of both personal and professional experience of the practices that she leads. I would highly recommend her style of teaching which is embodied and delivered in a very authentic way. 


Sally makes genuine connections with her students which has enabled her to help many students with pain and fatigue. She uses a trauma-sensitive approach which is gentle and respectful. In short I would highly recommend her classes to anybody with challenging physical and / or emotional difficulties". 

Chris Penlington, Clinical Psychologist

"I found it really beneficial both in helping me understand myself and in my teaching.  After working with this for the last few weeks, I am now happy to be myself, am much more comfortable with my life.

I found it beautifully balanced and paced.  A great deal of content was put across in a gentle nurturing way.  Never rushed and I always felt in safe hands.

This course could benefit many people in many circumstances."

Clare Guster, Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher

"I thoroughly enjoyed the course, it was so well planned and delivered and gave me a lot of food for thought!"

Louise Watson

Yoga Teacher

"I’ve found the course to be really useful in so many ways. I feel much more balanced and resilient. The tools and practices we have been shown are easy to incorporate into everyday life and I find they make a huge difference to my wellbeing.



The theory is explained in a really accessible way and is interesting to relate to how my own nervous system is functioning.


I also love the fact that Sally makes it as individual as possible, really focusing on different options for different people."

Bernie Gunn

"The trauma sensitive yoga course has been a massive help to me on my healing journey.

A great mix and balance of practices and education around trauma. The space Sally creates in her classes, and her supportive and understanding manner of teaching, has allowed me to start to find and explore a sense of safety in my own body that I have not previously been able to achieve myself or through any other treatments.  I also to understand myself better and how trauma has affected me.

I can't thank Sally enough and would highly recommend this course."



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