Empowering Yoga for Trauma & PTSD

Empowering Yoga™ for stress, anxiety, depression & trauma


Empowering Yoga™ for Women Only

Empowering Yoga


Empowering Yoga & iRest Guided Meditation for stress, anxiety, depression and trauma is designed to increase the resilience of critical task performers working in high stress environments and to alleviate symptoms of post-traumatic stress.  Classes are specifically created for people suffering from stress, anxiety, depression or PTSD including first responders, military personnel, veterans, helping professionals, trauma survivors and their family members.  Registration details are here and feel free to Contact Lynda by phone or email, she can answer any questions you may have.


WEDNESDAYS 10:00am – 11:00am
September 6, 2017 to June 27
, 2018

~~~ NOTE: no yoga classes on February 14, and June 6 2018 ~~~

 Drop in at the
  Ottawa Anxiety & Trauma Clinic
Suite 202 Billings Bridge Mall



We are grateful for the work of Lynda Pedley in filling an important gap in trauma-related services – the need to address the physical consequences of psychological trauma. The Ottawa Anxiety and Trauma Clinic is pleased to be able to host Lynda’s trauma sensitive yoga program, as we believe it is an important compliment to the mental health services that we provide.


The main objectives of Empowering Yoga for Women Only are to help you feel comfortable in your body, to learn self-regulation skills, and to improve your ability to direct attention away from negative thoughts.  No experience is necessary; Lynda designs these classes to be accessible to everyone regardless of physical ability.

Not currently Scheduled

Please contact Lynda if you’re interested in this class



Equipment: For hygiene reasons, you are encouraged to bring your own mat (some mats are available).  Wear clothes you are comfortable moving in such at shorts, sweat pants, t-shirt.



 Empowering Yoga is based on two key cornerstones of invitation and inquiry.  By offering choice and encouraging curiosity, Lynda guides participants to connect with & reclaim their body in the present.

  • Develop proactive stress management skills so symptoms do not progress to post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Become more present by drawing awareness to the breath and body sensations, thus shifting attention from past trauma.
  • Build a sense of self-empowerment and self-control.
  • Develop a flexible mindset that can rise to meet day-to-day challenges and quickly return to a calm, relaxed state.
  • Decrease hyper-vigilance and hypersensitivity to noise, crowds, movement, unexpected touch, and visually stimulating environments by increasing present moment body awareness.
  • Improve quality of sleep and attention to self-care needs such as nutrition, rest and recreation.
  • Improve energy level to support meeting your daily needs and goals.


Empower yourself one breath at a time



  • In Empowering Yoga we practice yoga as a way of becoming more friendly with our body
  • We offer a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment
  • Instructors are Certified Yoga Teachers with specific training in a trauma-sensitive approach to yoga
  • Our presentation of yoga is NOT religious
  • We cultivate strength and flexibility and we encourage students to take care of themselves and not force through pain or strain
  • We emphasize self-awareness and self-regulation by using yoga techniques such as deep, mindful breathing, a strong physical core and an upright, well supported spine
  • We do no hands-on, physical assists during yoga classes
  • We discourage competition and encourage each student’s personal exploration of the postures and breathing practices for their own benefit
  • We encourage curiosity and interest in the body and the subjective experience in the moment
  • We are always open to feedback from students and welcome your input regarding Empowering Yoga

Take a look at what some participants in Lynda’s Empowering Yoga classes have said.