What is Yoga?

Often seen as a form of exercise in the Western world, Yoga actually originated approximately 5,000 year ago in South Asia and India as an elaborate practice rooted in the culture it emerged from. 

  • Each style of yoga varies slightly in the postures that are taught, in the sequence of the movement, and in the way it is presented from "teacher" to "student". 

  • Even within the same style of yoga, each "teacher" brings their own life experiences, culture, and learning into the practice they offer, so their  teaching styles and classes may look and feel different. 

  • Likewise, each "student" of yoga will bring their own life experiences, culture,  and learning into their own practice, which is why each form, movement, breath and style of yoga will feel different for every individual.

The style of yoga I offer, called Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga, is informed by Hatha Yoga (a practice that involves moving and breathing), as well as years of neuroscience, trauma theory and attachment theory research.  


I'd like to acknowledge that yoga has gone through immense colonization and westernization to become what we know of as "Yoga" in the Western world. As a result, the yoga I offer is a small subset of the whole system and process of the yoga lineage.  

Types of Yoga Sessions


Ideal for those looking for individually-tailored yoga or those who prefer to practice outside of a group environment.


At the moment, the only group offering available is for Salem State University students. Please check back for future group opportunities or check out other TCTSY offerings around the globe.


Using a HIPAA compliant software system, online session can be done from anywhere in the world. All you need is a device and an internet connection.

What to expect from a yoga session with me:

  • A chair or mat based movement practice that includes different kinds of stretching 
  • All yoga form that I offer are optional and can be modified in any way to support your body 
  • You are always welcome to stop the practice at any time, for any reason
  • You are welcome to leave the room at any time
  • You can practice yoga with your shoes on or off and are welcome to wear whatever clothing you feel comfortable in