Empowering Yoga for Stress and Trauma

Empowering Yoga for stress, anxiety, depression & trauma
This yoga & meditation class is designed to increase the resilience of all persons, especially those working in high-stress environments, and to alleviate symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Classes are specifically created for people suffering from stress, anxiety, trauma, depression or PTSD including first responders, military personnel, veterans, helping professionals, care-givers, trauma survivors and their family members.

Empowering Yoga for Women

The main objectives of Empowering Yoga for Women 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; I design these classes to be accessible to everyone regardless of physical ability.

Please contact me for more information. All inquiries are confidential.

For over six years, I partnered with the Ottawa Anxiety and Trauma Clinic, offering weekly Empowering Yoga classes. “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 complement to the mental health services that we provide.”


Empowering Yoga is based on two key cornerstones of invitation and inquiry. By offering choice and encouraging curiosity, I guide you to connect with and reclaim your body in the present. All classes include mindful movement, breath awareness and iRest guided meditation.

  • 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, self-awareness 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 the 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.
  • Neutralize anxiety, fear, anger, depression, insomnia and chronic pain.


  • In Empowering Yoga, I practice yoga as a way of becoming more friendly with your body
  • I offer a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment
  • I am a Certified Yoga Teacher with specialized training in a trauma-sensitive approach to yoga. I’m also a Certified iRest Teacher.
  • My presentation of yoga and meditation is NOT religious
  • I cultivate strength, flexibility, balance and relaxation while encouraging participants to take care of themselves, listen to their own body and respond in a way that honours their unique experience
  • I emphasize self-awareness and self-regulation through mindful breathing, rhythmic movement and guided meditation
  • I do no hands-on, physical assists during yoga classes
  • I discourage competition and encourage each person’s personal exploration of the postures and breathing practices for their own benefit.


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