Trauma Aware

Yoga & Mindful Movement Courses


Jessica Devi and Louise von Maltitz are pleased to offer Trauma Aware Yoga & Mindful Movement group sessions.

Each group is 6 weeks in length (one session per week) and costs $150 for the full course (funding through ACC ISSC may be available). The sessions are held in our beautiful Browns Bay yoga studio and wellness hub.

Both Louise and Jessica are highly qualified and experienced in their fields and possess a wide range of complimentary skills. Louise is a registered nurse and skilled counsellor and Jessica is a qualified Yoga Therapist and works with Somatic Movement Therapy and Restorative Movement Psychotherapy among other body based modalities.

Trauma Aware Yoga is a body centered approach that uses gentle, mindful movement, reflective practices, breathing, meditation and yoga to support you to reconnect to your body and move in ways that feel helpful to you.

In the sessions you are provided with flexibility and personal choice in how you participate in the movements or practices being offered. A variety of options are provided for each movement to accommodate each individual’s physical injuries and physical limitations. The program content is flexible, and the choice of movement is entirely yours.

Classes are limited in number to foster a’ safe container’ and both Louise and Jessica are present at all times to provide instruction and support.

Evidence Based

The practices offered in Louise and Jessica’s courses are a useful adjunct to talk based therapy and backed by much evidence based research into the areas of body based therapy and post traumatic growth. The practices can help regain a sense of control, connection and ownership over your body through making choices about how to move based upon what you feel.

Empirical evidence demonstrates that traumatic events (big and/or small in nature) can leave an imprint on the cells and tissues of the body, leading to dysregulation and imbalances in nervous system function that manifest as symptoms such as insomnia, chronic anxiety, depression, relational problems, and disordered eating. Due to the impact of trauma on the nervous system, an individual experiencing symptoms of trauma may be constantly hypervigilant, chronically depressed or fatigued, have chronic pain, feel numb or dissociative, have biorhythm disturbances (such as sleep and metabolic issues), and adopt unhelpful coping mechanisms.

Trauma and adversity leave both physical and emotional imprints on the body that can still be present for years after the difficulty has passed. The sympathetic nervous system activates this response, which is often referred to as flight, fight, freeze or submit reaction. Survivors often experience this nervous system response as a chronic state long after the trauma has passed. This the hallmark of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Inviting the body into practice/therapy can support participants to discover new possibilities for inhabiting their bodies. As no one thing exists in isolation, new possibilities for movement inevitably lead to new possibilities for thinking and therefore for life.

Evidence Based

The practices offered in Louise and Jessica’s courses are a useful adjunct to talk based therapy and backed by much evidence based research into the areas of body based therapy and post traumatic growth. The practices can help regain a sense of control, connection and ownership over your body through making choices about how to move based upon what you feel.

Empirical evidence demonstrates that traumatic events (big and/or small in nature) can leave an imprint on the cells and tissues of the body, leading to dysregulation and imbalances in nervous system function that manifest as symptoms such as insomnia, chronic anxiety, depression, relational problems, and disordered eating. Due to the impact of trauma on the nervous system, an individual experiencing symptoms of trauma may be constantly hypervigilant, chronically depressed or fatigued, have chronic pain, feel numb or dissociative, have biorhythm disturbances (such as sleep and metabolic issues), and adopt unhelpful coping mechanisms.

Trauma and adversity leave both physical and emotional imprints on the body that can still be present for years after the difficulty has passed. The sympathetic nervous system activates this response, which is often referred to as flight, fight, freeze or submit reaction. Survivors often experience this nervous system response as a chronic state long after the trauma has passed. This the hallmark of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Inviting the body into practice/therapy can support participants to discover new possibilities for inhabiting their bodies. As no one thing exists in isolation, new possibilities for movement inevitably lead to new possibilities for thinking and therefore for life.

How Can This Course Help You?

The material we use is resource based, meaning it is intended to introduce you to tools and resources you can use to support your growth, resilience and recovery both during the course and onward in your life. The courses provide long term benefit for each person in a way that supports them as individuals.

The key points for this course include:

Empowering individuals to make choices in how they experience and inhabit their bodies through the use of invitational languaging and education on self permission.

Resourcing and fostering resilience (the ability to recover from adversity) via gentle mindful movement, breath awareness and reflective practices (journaling, art, writing, meditation).

Offering life affirming practices that may be helpful in the recovery and maintenance of conditions that include pain, reduced immunity, mental health, fear, anxiety, sleep, eating disorders and relational problems.

Potential benefits from this course include:

A decrease in symptoms related to trauma.

Increased ability to understand, accept and move forward in life.

Improved sleep, decreased pain, more awareness of emotional and mental states and the ability to use tools for self-support.

Increased ability to function and undertake life tasks such as shopping, work, child care, home life and personal relationships.

Overall improvement in feelings of ease, wellbeing and security.

Increased feelings of personal power, inner resources and connection to self.

Ability to make decisions in life that previously felt daunting and overwhelming and led to increased symptoms/coping mechanisms.

How Can This Course Help You?

The material we use is resource based, meaning it is intended to introduce you to tools and resources you can use to support your growth, resilience and recovery both during the course and onward in your life. The courses provide long term benefit for each person in a way that supports them as individuals.

The key points for this course include:

Empowering individuals to make choices in how they experience and inhabit their bodies through the use of invitational languaging and education on self permission.

Resourcing and fostering resilience (the ability to recover from adversity) via gentle mindful movement, breath awareness and reflective practices (journaling, art, writing, meditation).

Offering life affirming practices that may be helpful in the recovery and maintenance of conditions that include pain, reduced immunity, mental health, fear, anxiety, sleep, eating disorders and relational problems.

Potential benefits from this course include:

A decrease in symptoms related to trauma.

Increased ability to understand, accept and move forward in life.

Improved sleep, decreased pain, more awareness of emotional and mental states and the ability to use tools for self-support.

Increased ability to function and undertake life tasks such as shopping, work, child care, home life and personal relationships.

Overall improvement in feelings of ease, wellbeing and security.

Increased feelings of personal power, inner resources and connection to self.

Ability to make decisions in life that previously felt daunting and overwhelming and led to increased symptoms/coping mechanisms.

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About Jessica

Jessica is a Trauma Informed movement and wellbeing practitioner and has been practicing, discovering and studying health through movement, conscious dance, yoga and movement therapy for over 25 years. Jessica is passionate about facilitating a personalised approach for each person in a way that is unique to their body, mind, history and hopes…

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About Louise

Louise is a counsellor and sex therapist who brings more than 20 years clinical experience in counselling working across New Zealand in a variety of private and government sectors. Louise is ACC registered and  a member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC). Louise is a registered comprehensive nurse (RCpN) with the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NZNC).

If you are interested or would like to know more please chat with Jessica on:

Phone: 021 884 518
Email: jessica@yogawithin.co.nz

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