Yin Yoga

Yoga for Mental Health

A Weekly class to support people with Mental Health challenges. When experiencing depression, anxiety, stress & trauma routine is an important part of the healing process, these weekly classes are designed to help form part of your weekly self care routine.

This weekly class will be offered from 27th June 2022 - August 22 2022* the session will Include gentle Mindful Movement, Meditative Yin & Restorative Yoga. If you are unsure if this session is suitable for you please contact Sarah on 0426279791

These sessions are held at The Base Health 3 Tudor street Newcastle West. If you are not an existing client please call Sarah direct on the above number or The Base Admin on 0249631387. After this you will be able to book via the link below.

existing clients book here

Trauma Sensitive Yoga Series   

A 6 week series designed to help trauma survivors in their recovery process. These sessions are inspired by combining Yoga practices, principles & philosophy with current research in the area of trauma recovery by Bessel van der Kolk  (Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga -TCTSY),  David Emerson  (TCTSY), Judith Herman  (Trauma and Recovery), Pat Ogden (Sensorimotor Psychotherapy) , Peter Levine (Somatic Re-experiencing), Richard Miller(i-Rest Yoga Nidra) and Steven Porges (Polyvagal Theory).

Read more about Trauma Sensitive Yoga & register for a upcoming series

Trauma Sensitive Yoga


Bringing Your Body Into Your Therapeutic Healing Plan

Next Start Dates

Wednesday 530pm Starting  June 22nd

Monday 11am Starting July 25th  

Tuesday 6pm Starting August 9th 




A Trauma Sensitive Yoga Class is designed to empower you with choice & control over your healing journey.



Hi I’m Sarah Truman a Newcastle based Yoga Therapist & like many people I have my own Trauma Story.

I am passionate about supporting people live their lives, on their terms which is why thriving beyond trauma, not just surviving beyond trauma is something I believe we should all experience. 


Wild Child & CO TSY is a 6 week series that is designed to be included as part of your  overall therapeutic healing plan alongside any talk based therapies you may be engaged with.


The series’s is specifically designed to support those recovering from trauma, stress, PTSD, abuse, overwhelm & who are looking to participate in a small group program.


In this series participants begin to experience the art of understanding & engaging with the body as an integral part of their healing & recovery journey.


There is so much research now that demonstrates the importance of having the body as a key component of a trauma survivors healing & recovery plan, however not all Yoga Classes are Trauma Sensitive & can sometimes be extremely triggering.. 


“It's about becoming safe to feel what you feel. When you're traumatized you're afraid of what you're feeling, because your feeling is always terror, or fear or helplessness. I think these body-based techniques help you to feel what's happening in your body, and to breathe into it and not run away from it. So you learn to befriend your experience.”




In these classes participants will notice that the language I use is very invitational.


You will hear me encourage participants to be curious, to explore different options & to notice what is useful & useful. This may sometimes be challenging at first so you are also invite to follow along with what Sarah is doing. 


I will advocate for all participants to make choices that are beneficial, helpful & useful to themselves, regardless of what any one else is doing in the room - including me.


During the series participants  will be offered choices that are accessible to all. There are options for standing, sitting/laying on the floor or chair based.


Generally the sessions are at a slower pace & participants can choose the intensity that they practice at - or they can choose to be still & rest. 


Every one in the session stays on their own mat & in their own space including me.


There is no music, the space is very minimalistic, no scents are used & outside distractions are reduced as best as possible.  


There are no set shapes participants have to make with their body, everything is by choice.


If you need to leave the room or the practice you can do so.I ask that I can touch base with you after the session if this occurs to make sure that your safe & well.


These sessions are about you learning to be empowered, encouraging you to be curious & to make the choices that are best for you. 


If you have any questions about the suitability of this series if you would like you are invited to reach out & ask any questions.

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A Yoga Teacher & Yoga Therapist specialising in Family Mental Health.

Lover of  Yin, Restorative &  Slow Gentle Movement practices.

Has completed additional studies with The Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga Institutes, Australian Trauma Sensitive Yoga Group as well completed programs in Applied PolyVagal & Yoga Therapy and is currently studying and being mentored by Dr Lauren Toper With Mental Health Yoga. . 

Why should I bring my body to Therapy?

These Sessions are based on research from Bessel van der kolk & Stephen Porgess. They draw on Dr Siegel s Window of Tolerance & Dr Pogress Polvagal Theory as well as Key Yogic Prinicples such as the Kosha Model where the focus is on integrating the whole body. 


“A Trauma Sensitive yoga class facilitates bi - directional feedback and improves the integration of both the pre-frontal cortex function (higher function) and vagal nerve regulation (lower function)” Gard 2014 


Through choice and effective action these sessions are designed to help support you deal with present life situations and day to day occurrences  by supporting you break habitual patterns created by the past trauma. These sessions invite you to practice interoception, that is noticing the sensations in your body that may or may not be there. 

You will also practice: 

Spatial Awareness 

Spatial Orientation 

Body Mapping 

Muscle Dynamics 

Trauma Senstive Pranayama (breath work) 

Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness

Tools to use when feeling Hyper & Hypo aroused 

Mudras - hand gestures


A trauma sensitive -based approach to yoga makes the practice safer & more accessible, whilst addressing the unique needs of trauma survivors.