Jo Buick

Trauma-Informed Yoga


Neuroscience research demonstrates that the only way we can change the way we feel is by becoming aware of our inner experience and learning to befriend what is going inside ourselves.
— Bessel A. van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Trauma informed yoga practices are grounded in an understanding of the psychological and physiological impacts of trauma. 

Trauma informed, or trauma - sensitive yoga (TSY)  classes are designed with care and intention to provide a safe and welcoming space for practice. There is no expectation that students share why they have come to class, and no prior experience of yoga is necessary. The class format is gentle and nurturing with lots of opportunities for students to choose options that feel comfortable and supportive. 

In TSY classes, we focus on learning how to be present and 'in' our bodies. Classes are designed to be safe spaces for personal inquiry and exploration. Together we explore different breath work techniques that have the potential to calm and ground as well as gentle movement sequences that release nervous energy from the body. The intention of TSY classes is that students not only find a time and space that is safe for unravelling and releasing tension, but that the skills developed can also be taken 'off the mat' and into everyday life. This is where the practice becomes truly empowering. 

In addition to facilitating TSY classes, I also work with organisations, schools and community groups to develop trauma-informed yoga within their existing settings. I believe that TSY is especially powerful when it becomes a living and breathing part of client care or educational offerings. As such I am passionate about supporting staff to personalise and take ownership of TSY practices within their settings. 

If you are interested in attending a class, organising training or developing a trauma-informed program, contact Jo at