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.

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga

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

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.”

International Association of Yoga Therapists

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-Sensitive: 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 & collaboration

Are you interested in what Trauma-Sensitive Yoga could mean for your school or organization?

Would you like to learn how to make your work environment more trauma-sensitive?

Or perhaps you would like to offer your clients Trauma-Sensitive 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.

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga

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.

Yogatherapie voor tieners

Yogatherapie kan waardevol zijn voor jongeren die door een moeilijke tijd gaan of ingrijpende gebeurtenissen hebben meegemaakt en daar last van ondervinden. Erover praten kan helpen, maar in beweging komen ook! Wat spreekt jou aan?

Educatie & Samenwerking

Door kennisoverdracht en samenwerking komen we verder en kunnen we meer mensen helpen. Scholen en instellingen traumasensitiever maken. Dat kunnen we samen.