Hello, my name is Hilda Kandil-Balog, owner of Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Amstelland. I’m a special educationalist, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga facilitator and yoga therapist.
I work with adults and children from the age of 10.
You will find some basic information about my services on this page, but please feel free to contact me if you have further questions.
Developed at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is an empirically validated, clinical intervention for complex trauma or chronic, treatment resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
It has foundations in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, and Neuroscience. Trauma-Sensitive Yoga 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 traditional hatha yoga are modified to build trauma survivors’ experiences of empowerment and 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. See video.
I’m a registered TCTSY facilitator and recognized by the Center for Trauma and Embodiment, Justice Resource Institute (JRI).
“Yoga therapy is the professional application of the principles and practices of yoga to promote health and well-being within a therapeutic relationship that includes, personalised assessment, goal setting, lifestyle management and yoga practices for individuals or small groups.”
Yoga therapy is a holistic movement and breath-based therapy, that combines modern medicine and research with the applications of yoga.
My personal approach is based on:
- Safety: Creating a safe space. Only when we feel safe enough, are we able to relax and learn new things.
- Nonviolence/no pain : Yoga therapy should not hurt in any kind of way. I work with the person and adapt the asana’s (yoga movements) to one’s benefit not the other way around.
- Pleasure/fun: Yoga therapy can be hard work, confronting at times, but most of the time it’s a very enjoyable process.
- Trauma-Sensitve: I work in a trauma-sensitve way, meaning being mindfull of your lived experiences without having to talk about it.
- Evidence based: I only use yoga practices that I know are based on solid research.
Education & Training
Are you interested in what Trauma-Sensitve Yoga could mean for your organization?
Would you like to learn how to make your working environment more trauma-sensitive?
Or perhaps you would like to offer your clients Trauma-Sensitve Yoga?
Please feel free to contact me for the possibilities.
Self-care Yoga Schools Project
In collaboration with Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Nederland I started a new exiting journey: Selfcare Yoga Schools Project. It is my intention to shine light on the prevalence and impact of trauma in the lives of children. It is my aim to support schools that wish to create a safer and trauma-sensitive learning environment for everyone in their school, but also offer new ways to practice selfcare through the use of yoga and other forms of self-regulation.
For more information: folder.
Een bewezen behandeling voor PTSS, complexe en ontwikkelingstrauma. Met bewuste aandacht en milde bewegingen, stapsgewijs, aanwezig durven zijn in het nu. Ook geschikt voor kinderen vanaf 10 jaar.
Moderne wetenschap en yoga samen toegepast op een holistische en gegronde manier. De tijd nemen voor jezelf, voor bewuste beoefening, ter ondersteuning van je algehele welzijn, gezondheid en persoonlijke groei.
Educatie & Training
Wat zijn de voordelen van een traumasensitieve werksfeer? En hoe kunnen jouw collega’s of cliënten profiteren van Trauma-Sensitive Yoga?
Zelfzorg Yoga Scholenproject
Scholen duurzaam ondersteunen bij het traumasensitiever maken van het leerklimaat en leerlingen zelfzorgtechnieken aanleren.