Esther van der SandeFounder of Trauma Sensitive Yoga Nederland
TCTSY-F, TCTSY-T, M.A.Psych, B.Sc., Counselling, Yoga Teacher RYT
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Supervisor, Certification Program (Berlin cohort)
​Licensed 20-hour TCTSY Trainer

Esther is a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F).

She holds a Master’s Degree in Somatic Psychotherapy and Bachelor of Science in Counselling. Esther is also qualified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Recovery (EMDR) as well as a Yoga and Mindfulness teacher and practitioner. Esther has been working in the private and community sector for over twelve years. She practices in Yoga, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Neuroscience of trauma and healing, the pervasiveness of complex developmental trauma and PTSD in today’s young adolescents and adults. Everyone is different, everyone’s experience is different, and Esther provide an insightful, empathetic and tailored approach to every situation, informed by years of study in a wide variety of clinical techniques. She guides people, so they can help themselves and reconnect to live with their bodies. Esther does this by providing a safe, empowering and inspiring service that guides participants through their problems, enabling them to emerge the other side feeling renewed, strong, and ready to face the world on their own terms once again. Esther also provide professional learning on Trauma Sensitive Yoga to Yoga Teachers, Mental Health Professionals and their clients, and she is broadening her teaching to individuals, family violence organizations, hospitals, sexual assault centres and other community organizations. Making people and organizations more Trauma Aware. Esther is currently working on a research project in Amsterdam in a centre for women who are survivors of domestic violence.

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Ramona Jager-Grootveld TCTSY-F, RYT 500
Valkenswaard, The Netherlands

Ramona has worked in the finance industry for years where she, in 2010 suffered from a huge Burnout. Because she had always danced she wanted to do something with moving and breathing and started yoga at a local school. She was inspired about the way it worked for her to calm her mind but body too, which was very tensed at the time.
She stopped working in the financial sector and started working with her husband in their own company in mental health care. Her husband is a social health worker for people who have mental problems. A lot of them suffer from C-PTSD. Also she went to India to become an all round Yoga Teacher. Hatha, Ashtanga, Yin and Aerial yoga and works part-time as a yoga teacher.

During her yoga retreat in Italy she met Sally from Australia who told about the beautiful work that she did with Esther van der Sande who used Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga to help the aboriginals and others with their trauma. At that moment the puzzles came together and Ramona knew she wanted to become a TCTSY-facilitator. Esther moved back to The Netherlands at the time Ramona applied for the training and is her coach/colleague now.

Her goal is to help people to recognize their own strength again, piece by piece. To reconnect and heal with their own bodies.

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Katia VerreaultTCTSY-Facilitator & Dance Movement Therapist
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dance Movement Therapist MA

Katia is originally from Canada and presently based in the Netherlands after having lived for more than 15 years in Kathmandu, Nepal.

She is a Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F), a Hatha yoga practitioner and dancer. Katia is also a Certified Dance Movement Therapist (DMT) with extensive work experience in various multicultural contexts. Her therapeutic work emphasizes the integration of movement and the body in both clinical and community-based settings. Her recent research work focuses on Dance Movement Therapy for resilience building among traumatized women refugees and asylum seekers. Katia collaborates with various NGO’s internationally to develop movement-based psycho-social care interventions for children and adults with a refugee background. Her recent work has taken her to Palestine, Uganda, Kenya, Greece, India and Nepal where she offers individual and group therapy sessions, develops Dance Movement Therapy education programmes, care for caregivers training and workshops on trauma and restoration. You can read more about her work on A Moving world or connect directly at for more information on therapy and trauma-sensitive yoga classes. In the Netherlands, she collaborates with Esther van der Sande to offer TCTSY. Katia can offer therapy and classes in French, English or Dutch.

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