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


Chair: Heather Mason

Board Members: Shaura Hall, Cassandra Fairweather, Eliza Thornton, Dr Samantha Bottrill, Elaine Collins, Shweta Panchal



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..

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.

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…

Elaine’s yoga therapy and coaching practice, Live and Breathe Yoga, is based in Clerkenwell, London and she is manager and practitioner at The Minded Clinic in Camden, providing one-to-one Minded yoga therapy, accessible classes and courses for specific conditions.

Her experience and research interests include working with sleep disorders, migraine, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, BPD, menopause and supporting through major life changes. She has delivered Yoga4Health courses for NHS and worked with members of the Grenfell community in West London. Working with the breath, gentle movement and mindful awareness is at the heart of her practice, which draws on evidence-based research from yoga, mindfulness, neuroscience and psychotherapy.

Elaine is our managing supervisor on the Minded Institute’s Yoga Therapy Training Programme, and regularly visits Jersey to deliver yoga therapy workshops and private sessions, where she is able to conduct follow-up sessions by Skype.

Shweta Panchal is a Yoga Therapist for Mental Health. She is supervisor and a lecturer at The Minded Institute, an Active Birth Pregnancy Yoga Teacher, an Ambassador for the Pre and Postnatal Depression and Anxiety charity PANDAS, and is a member of the parliamentary group bringing yoga to the NHS.

She has a first class honours degree in Psychology and Social Anthropology, and before becoming a full-time mother to her two boys, she had a successful eight-year career as a Management Consultant for the Business Consultancy, Accenture.

She provides business and organisational support to The Minded Institute and has spoken at parliament about strategies required to successfully integrate Yoga into the NHS. She is committed to integrating yoga with psychology for mental health issues related to infertility and perinatal mental health and also aspires to complete a doctorate in clinical psychology in the near future.