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Trauma-Sensitive Yoga for Healing & Self-Regulation

Newcastle Meditation Centre, Newcastle

4 Week Block Wednesdays 1.30 - 3 pm 13, 20. 27 Nov, 4 Dec 2019  

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 are vital part of the healing journey.

The foundation for this Yoga & Mindfulness course is 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 find 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 too uncomfortable.   So, Sally is offering this specialised class to help us find our own ways into a helpful practice.  She draws on her 19 years experience of teaching Yoga, Mindfulness & Compassion, her personal journey of healing trauma and her study into the science and practice of trauma healing. Over the past 3 years she has been offering trauma-sensitive Yoga & Mindfulness in organisation in the North East.


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 Tyneside Women’s Health, NIWE, Cygnus Support & Mentoring, the Road to Recovery Trust, Shantibee–Holistic Well Being Centre and Tru Physio & Yoga.

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) and most recently in Scaraveilli-Yoga with Marc Acquaviva.

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 several Scaraveilli teachers, 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).

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"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

“My life outside of the course has been rocky.  I have found the skills and time spent in the sessions very stabilizing and beneficial". 



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