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ECY Women's Trauma Informed Yoga with Lorraine


We know that going to a yoga class for the first time can feel overwhelming or even intimidating. This weekly drop-in class aims to create a relaxed and safe environment where you can learn yoga. It is perfect as a follow on from one of our outreach projects or if you are curious about yoga but not sure it is for you.

Lorraine directs the outreach programme at Edinburgh Community Yoga and teaches in many non- traditional settings including prisons, psychiatric hospitals, with veterans groups and with women's services. This class costs £5.00. You will not be physically adjusted. The class will encourage you to bring awareness to the present moment by noticing sensation in the body and breath in a way that feels acceptable to you.

Please come wearing something that you are comfortable in. Socks and shoes are optional.

If you have active PTSD please contact prior to attending the class.


With a background in nursing in a wide variety of settings including working in a maximum security prison in Glasgow and 2 years living in India, Lorraine has developed a strong awareness of the connection between emotional and physical health. In 2006 while travelling in South Asia Lorraine began practising yoga and meditation regularly. Since moving to Edinburgh in early 2012 Lorraine has developed a committed Ashtanga practice with consistent teachers.

Lorraine has never forgotten that going to a yoga class can be an intimidating experience. With this in mind she takes a friendly approach to teaching, encouraging students to allow yoga to fit their bodies rather than make their bodies fit yoga postures. Her main focus is to give students the opportunity to experience the positive effects of connecting the mind and body through the practice of yoga.
Lorraine believes that the opportunity to try yoga should be accessible to everyone; this belief has fuelled her interest in yoga outreach; particularly in working with adults affected by stress and anxiety, addiction and complex PTSD. She holds a 200 hr Teacher Training certificate from CYS Scotland. She has completed training with the Minded Institute in Yoga and Mindfulness for Addictions and  a 40 hour CPD workshop on Trauma Informed Yoga practices with David Emerson from the Boston Trauma Centre. Lorraine currently teaches medical students clinical skills and resuscitation at the University of Edinburgh Medical School and teaches a variety of yoga classes and stress workshops for NHS staff, the recovery community and other mental health settings.


Lorraine teaches Women's Trauma Informed Yoga on Thursdays from 19:45 - 20:45 with Edinburgh Community Yoga at the Beetroot Sauvage Wellness Centre.

Earlier Event: 27 June
ECY Vinyasa Yoga with Amy
Later Event: 28 June
Hatha Yoga with Caroline