News & Events
A well informed community is empowered and able to make lasting change, and lead as advocates in their community. Our monthly News & Events page will keep you up to date of all the amazing community developments Grace Tree is making available in Bexar County and the surrounding areas like San Marcos and Austin.
2020 Trauma Centered Program
We are excited to share a few of our new 2020 programming, adding two new semi-private classes to our regular Monday 6:00 PM Yoga of 12 Step Recovery (Y12SR) class. You can go to our Trauma Sensitive Yoga page to register to attend.
Yoga of 12 Step Recovery - Y12SR is a holistic international model to address the physical, mental and spiritual dis-ease of addiction. Informed by the latest research in neuroscience and trauma healing, Y12SR “connects the dots” by combining the somatic approach of yoga with the cognitive approach of the 12-step recovery model – the most well-known addiction recovery program in the world, with millions of active practitioners. We welcome you to read more about this amazing trauma healing format at www.y12sr.com. Y12SR certified teacher is Viana Mora
R.I.S.E. Yoga - R.I.S.E stands for 'Resiliency Inspired Self-Empowerment' a trauma informed based yoga class to help survivors of personal and workplace toxic stress. All levels class regardless of experience to help build ‘Resiliency Inspired Self-Empowerment' and self-care when dealing with personal or workplace toxic stress experiences. Learn trauma centered yoga forms and mindfulness that will address special considerations around creating safe space and empowerment-based invitational language, integration of choices and considerations of somatic complaints in the body. Invitation to notice sensation to make inspired choices based on students present moment experiences. Variations are suggested in each yoga form and there are no hands-on assists. TCTSY trained teacher: Viana Mora
Therapeutic Adaptive Yoga for Pain - There are few life experiences that can be so frustrating, like dealing from pain, whether acute or chronic, it's real. Modern science and yoga agree: our present pain and suffering have their roots in our past pain, injury, toxic stress, trauma, loss and illness. Join this once a week semi-private group class to gain guidance and tools to empower yourself to relieve pain and embank your strengths to use them daily to recover from your pain and overcome physical pain challenges. You're invited to learn the basics of movement from pain in January, then each month will be dedicated to specific body areas and their pain spectrum.
Please contact us if you have any questions on the above new offerings.
New 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 and FSA Health Insurance 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 app link below.
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.
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.