The Minded Institute’s Advisory Board has been established to provide non-binding strategic and operational advice.
The Minded Institute Advisory Board aims to:


1.       discuss the future direction of TMI
2.       consider changes to course structure and content
3.       review best practice
4.       manage any complaints or grievances
5.       discuss any other matters of importance at TMI

Roles Chair: Heather Mason Board Members: Shaura Hall Cass Fairweather Eliza Thornton Dr Sam Bottrill



Heather Mason Heather Mason is the founder of The Minded Institute. The Minded Institute is a culmination of Heather’s personal and professional work. After years of deep depression and anxiety Heather moved to South East Asia to begin intensive meditation practice in Buddhist monasteries, where she spent 3 years developing and transforming her mind.  During this time she also trained as a 500 hr yoga teacher and shared her yoga teaching with nuns in various meditation centres. Read More..

Shaura Hall Shaura Hall is the founder of The Yogologist and creator of the Pilamaya Yoga 220 Hour Teacher Training Course. Shaura trained as a yoga therapist with Minded, which gave her the tools and confidence she needed to embark on a spiritual study of human beings that is informed by practical science. Read More…

Cassandra Fairweather

Cassandra is a qualified Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance accredited) and Yoga Therapist for the Mind. She is also a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Analytic Group Psychotherapist (UKCP) and Mindfulness Teacher (MBCT and MB-EAT).  Cassandra supervises on The Minded Institute’s professional training and is an honorary psychotherapist within the NHS. She currently works in community secondary mental health setting working with adults, couples and groups. Read More..

Dr Sam Botrill Dr Sam Bottrill studied psychology at University College of London, she is a qualified yoga teacher (Yoga Alliance accredited), Yoga Therapist for Mental Health and Senior Clinical Psychologist specialising in Eating Disorders at the Maudsley Hospital.  She lectures and supervises on The Minded Institute’s professional training and runs Yoga Therapy for the Mind 8-week courses in North and Central London. Read More…

Eliza Thornton Eliza is a qualified Yoga Teacher, Birthlight Teacher and Mindfulness for the Workplace Teacher, and has completed her training with Minded as a Yoga Therapist. Eliza also supervises on The Minded Institute’s professional training. Eliza works at Deloitte in Financial Advisory and also introduced an award winning corporate wellbeing programme at the firm.  Her interest lies in working with stress, anxiety, depression and chronic pain.  Her emphasis is on supporting individuals to better understand their physiology and empowering them to work with different practices and techniques to feel mentally and physically well.