News & Events
Updated: May 22, 2020:
Thank you for visiting our page during the COVID 19 pandemic. We have followed the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and our local Metro Health to suspend our group trauma based classes. We are moving our Private Sessions to an online format starting Monday, March 16th and will continue until further WHO & CDC recommendations. We will continue providing online sessions till July 1, 2020 when we will re-evalute stage openings. For more information please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Trauma Sensitive
Mindful Meditation Program
Trauma Sensitive Mindful Meditation is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment—and accepting it without judgment. It is now being examined scientifically and has been found to be a key element in stress reduction and overall happiness. For survivors of trauma or toxic stress meditation can bring up serious challenges that can impact their recovery. With our current global crisis this can affect us all in our own communities.
Our Foundation diligently strive to bring advocacy and deliver safe and effective evidence-based trauma recovery modalities to our community. Anywhere mindfulness is being practiced, someone in the room will likely be struggling with trauma, and we are prepared. We’ve added Trauma Sensitive Mindful Meditation to our trauma informed care services.
We’ve successfully completed the first 5 week David Treleaven's Part 1 of Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Recognizing Trauma, Responding Skillfully, and Preventing Retraumatization to bring this valuable service to San Antonio. This amazing training raises the bar on Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness Meditation for skillful and powerful practices trauma survivors can safely and effectively participate in meditation through a solid supportive trauma sensitive lens.
Our training continues with the next 14 week Part 2: Advanced Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Widening the Window of Tolerance and Supporting Trauma Recovery. Contact us to schedule your online session.
Online Trauma Sensitive
Breath & Mindful Meditation Sessions
As have experiences changes to our present programming, we invite you to join us on Zoom as we offer trauma sensitive breath and mindful meditation practices during the COVID 19 virus crisis. We will be hosting trauma informed Somatic Movement, Meditation and Sound Specialists who are volunteering to serve our Grace Tree Community by offering down regulating practice to help reduce any stress our community may be experiencing during this crisis. We will be posting each of our Zoom offerings on our social media and on this News & Events webpage, check back to register for the complimentary sessions. Please be sure you're subscribed at the bottom of each webpage to receive your Newsletter. Check back daily for updated schedules and times below, we are scheduling them as the Somatic Specialists give us their availability. Please check back for our new offerings for June 2020.
Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Program in SA
We are so excited to be offering TCTSY in our community, developed at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is a program of the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at the Justice Resource Institute. TCTSY is an empirically validated, clinical intervention for complex trauma or chronic, treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The TCTSY program qualified for inclusion in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) database published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In addition to yoga, TCTSY has foundations in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, and Neuroscience.
The TCTSY methodology is based on central components of the hatha style of yoga, where participants engage in a series of physical forms and movements. Elements of standard hatha yoga are modified to maximize experiences of empowerment and to cultivate a more positive relationship to one's body. Unlike many public yoga classes, TCTSY does not use physical hands-on adjustments to influence a participant's physical form. Rather, TCTSY presents opportunities for participants to be in charge of themselves based on a felt sense of their own body.
Although TCTSY employs physical forms and movements, the emphasis is not on the external expression or appearance (i.e. doing it"right"), or receiving the approval of an external authority. Rather, the focus is on the internal experience of the participant. This shift in orientation, from the external to the internal, is a key attribute of TCTSY as a complementary treatment for complex trauma. With our approach, the power resides within the individual, not the TCTSY teacher.
Grace Tree & Soma Collective
accepts HSA & FSA Health cards
What is a health flexible spending account?
Health flex spending accounts are a part of consumer-driven healthcare (CDH). As part of an employer-sponsored group benefit plan, participants fund flex accounts with pre-tax salary deductions. Then, the employee can pay for eligible out-of-pocket medical expenses with a debit card tied to the flex spending account. If a debit card it not provided, the employee pays for the medical expense directly and then submits it for reimbursement through the plan.
There are two kinds of flex spending accounts that we accept for our semi-private and private 1:1 sessions :
1) Health savings account, or HSA, 2) Flexible spending account, or FSA
Our foundation offers a Sliding Scale Program that offers our somatic movement therapeutic and adaptive services to help you recover from past or present trauma and/or toxic stress life experiences. Please refer to the posted material below to find out “What is Yoga Therapy?, and for more information and scheduling appointments please email or call/text 210-334-9642. You can book appointments directly on our booking site on the side bar.
Therapeutic, Adaptive and Trauma Informed Care
The Grace Tree Foundation has added to our family Soma Collective, a community specialized yoga therapeutic movement service in Bexar County. The specific regimens uses postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques are delivered by Yoga Therapy Interns. Yoga Therapy Interns and cases are mentored by a C-IAYT Yoga Therapists from Practice School of Yoga Therapy in Austin, Texas. Soma Collective offers a sliding scale fee structure and services include: somatic, therapeutic, adaptive, and integrated trauma informed movement care.
Yoga Therapy and Somatic Modalities are systems of integrated health care movement modalities (that refers to the adaptation, application of movement techniques, and practices) to help individuals facing health challenges at any level to manage their condition reduce symptoms, restore balance, increase vitality, and improve attitude. It focuses on health and wellness at all levels of the person. Medical research shows that Yoga Therapy is among the most effective complementary therapies for several common ailments. Therapeutic and adaptive modality is highly effective at helping people reduce symptoms, restore movement, increase vitality, improve confidence, and increase their wellness to a new level.
Adverse Childhood Experiences
Join us in our fourth year bringing awareness to the ACE Study in our community. Being informed allows for more choices for those with high ACE scores, and understanding for everyone. Join us in several health and wellness conferences around the city and pick up your ACE handout with all the information you need about the ACE Study and the link to take the test.
The Ecumenical Center
Find Your Balance Yoga
Update March 31, 2020: We continue to follow WHO & CDC Social Distancing recommendations and we will start up our trauma sensitive yoga classes when The Ecumentical Center and Grace Tree find it is safe to start Find Your Balance Yoga program. Thank you for your patience and please check back for updates.
Starting in January 2020 we will continue to offer Saturday Find Your Balance Yoga classes. We will be meeting every 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month, we look forward for you to join us for a low cost monthly yoga class. Each class is $10.00 and classes are open to anyone 18 years of age and older. No experience with Yoga is necessary. Bring your own yoga mat or we can provide you with one. Please register in advance.
Registration and payments please email Lejla Cenanovic at or call 210-616-0885.
Find Your Balance at The Ecumenical Center. An ongoing project of the
Therapeutic Expressive Arts Institute of South Texas.