Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Yoga has an extraordinary healing power.

It provides a sense of calm, and allows relief from one’s own thoughts. Yoga gives us the ability to connect with ourselves mentally and physically. It allows us the opportunity to let go of unwanted feelings, to live in a state of relaxation, and to learn how to extend these skills into everyday life.

To register your child or refer a client for coed yoga therapy for teens, call (517) 242-5467 or email Only legal guardians and/or custodial power of attorneys can register participants.

Rising Phoenix

Trauma Sensitive Yoga for Teens
Ages 13-17
Sessions will run for 12 weeks

Little Sparks

Trauma Sensitive Yoga for Kids
Ages 12 and under
Sessions will run for 6 weeks

Full schedule and location provided upon registration. Sessions ongoing. 

This program is offered thanks to a partnership with the Just B Yoga. Rising Phoenix is funded in part by the Youth Action Committee of the Capital Region Community Foundation and the generosity of local yoga instructors.  

Service providers and legal guardians can refer a child for yoga therapy services by calling 517-242-5467.


What teens can expect:

The first rule of yoga instruction, like medicine, should be “do no harm.” Yoga therapy and yoga for trauma survivors is driven by compassion.

Instructors agree to adhere to the following terms of etiquette:

* Respect body and space. Physical touch and adjustments will be limited to speaking and pointing. No touch without permission. Instructors will approach students from the front and not the rear. Massages and caressing touches are restricted.

* Sensitive poses. Some poses leave students extremely vulnerable and/or cause flashbacks. Instructors will refrain from happy baby, reclined bound angle and others that leave the pelvis open upward.

* Heat/darkness. Instructors will refrain from overly heated rooms and dark rooms. Heat and darkness can cause a sense of being trapped or panic.

Resources for teens who experience triggers during class will be available. For the security of all involved, the address of the southside location of the class will only be provided to attendees and their legal guardians. It is accessible using public transit.