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Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga

What is TCTSY?

TCTSY stands for Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga and is a programme of the Centre for Trauma Embodiment at Justice Resource Institute.  

TCTSY is an empirically valid, evidence based intervention for complex trauma, chronic stress or treatment resistant post traumatic stress disorder. 


TCTSY brings together the mental and physical health benefits of the ancient practice of yoga, in an accessible and non-hierarchal way. Grounded in attachment theory, trauma theory and neuroscience this practice offers you the opportunity to reconnect with your body, at your pace, by making your own choices.

TCTSY has been subject to multiple research studies and has been recognised as an approved treatment by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (USA)

What can I expect from a class?

Classes can be on a one to one basis, in small groups or provided within an organisation.

You don't need any special clothes or equipment. 

There are no physical or verbal assists/adjustments. Your facilitator will never touch you or walk around the room.

You will not be asked to talk about your trauma, or how you feel. This is about physically feeling, not talking. 

You do not need any yoga experience, or any level of fitness/mobility. It is open to all.

This is a relational practice, your facilitator will practice with you, making their own choices based on what they feel. 

There is no right or wrong way to do anything in your session. This is all about choice, it is your session, for you. 

Current Groups

Womens Group

Maitri House, Brynmawr Thursdays 11 - 12:15

Next group commences 2nd March

Womens Group

Little Green Refills, Abergavenny Mondays 7 - 8pm

Next group commences 27th February 

Pricing - All groups are priced on a 'pay what you can' scale. £10 / £15 / £20 per session, you can chose your option and pay week to week or for the 6 week total. 

To Join a group please email

About your facilitator:

Eleanor Lewis (Bsc Econ, MA, RYT, TCTSY-F)

I am a registered yoga teacher, 'Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga' Facilitator, Social Worker and Trainee Counsellor.  I hold a degree in Sociology and a Masters in Social Work, a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training, 50hr Yin Yoga Training, 50hr Imagined Rest training, 50hr Yoga Nidra training and a 300hr TCTSY facilitator training.


As as a TCTSY facilitator,  I comply to a code of ethics and am required to complete regular supervision and further assessment to remain in 'good standing'.  

I have spent most of my adult life working within social care, beginning in residential care homes for older people and supporting young people with disabilities before qualifying as a Social Worker where I worked across a number of local authorities in children's services. 

During this time I have been honoured to support parents and families, working with teams and specialists to bring about positive change. 

I have always been drawn to and driven by helping others, to understand and support those who are seeking a helping hand. I provide a compassionate and judgement free space in which you are welcome to bring all of you. I strive to empower, listen to and provide space for anyone who seeks it. 

If you would like to find out more, for yourself, or your organisation please email

For more information on TCTSY please see  

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