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David Emerson, E-RYT, TCTSY-F

Trauma-sensitive yoga pioneer and expert

David Emerson is the founder and director of Yoga Services for the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, Massachusetts, where he coined the term “trauma-sensitive yoga.” He was responsible for curriculum development, supervision, and oversight of the yoga intervention component of a first-of-its-kind, NIH-funded study, conducted by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk to assess the utility and feasibility of yoga for adults with treatment-resistant PTSD. Their model, Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY), was listed in the United States as an evidence-based treatment for trauma in 2017.

David has developed, facilitated, and supervised TCTSY groups for rape crisis centers, domestic violence programs, residential programs for youth, military bases, survivors of terrorism, and Veterans Administration centers and clinics. In addition to coauthoring several articles on the subject of yoga and trauma, David is the author of Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy and the coauthor of Overcoming Trauma through Yoga.

Upcoming Programs

Introduction to Trauma-Sensitive Yoga

August 3 - 5, 2018

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

Are you a yoga teacher interested in compassionately providing the profound benefits of practice to individuals healing from trauma? Or are you a mental health professional with a desire to incorporate yoga techniques into your client care? David Emerson, E-RYT, TCTSY-F, creator of Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY), offers a weekend training to help yoga...

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