Upcoming CPD Courses

Yoga Therapy Skills for Psychologists and Therapists (We are currently in the process of accrediting this course with the British Psychological Society)

  • Date

    18th January 2020 - 16th February 2020

  • Time:

    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Location:

    The Minded Institute 220 Arlington Road Camden Town NW1 7HE United Kingdom

(We are currently in the process of accrediting this course with the British Psychological Society)

Dates: 18th-20th January, 15th-16th February

In this 5-day CPD (spread over 2 weekends) led by Dr. Samantha Bottrill (senior clinical psychologist and yoga therapist) and Heather Mason (founder of The Minded Institute, one of the world’s premier yoga therapy training organisations) psychologists and therapists can learn basic yoga practices that can easily be incorporated into their therapeutic work.

During the training you will learn:

  • The common neural correlates that span most mental health conditions
  • Research that expresses yoga’s potential role in mental health and the neurological mechanisms that underline its curative effects
  • Basic yoga practices that can be used in therapeutic work to promote greater emotion regulation and improved patient self-efficacy
  • How to best talk to patients about including yogic practices in therapeutic work
  • Which types of yoga classes will best benefit your patients based on their current presentation
  • Yogic and mindfulness techniques to help you maintain or restore your own wellbeing.

Basic therapeutic yoga techniques are being used increasingly within psychological therapies, and with good reason; neuroscience research suggests that body-based practices increase neuroplasticity and improve affect regulation. In addition, mindfulness training promotes the inhibition of old habits, reappraisal of pre-existing assumptions, and the possibility to respond in novel ways. Yogic techniques naturally offer both improved mindfulness and greater emotional regulation, making it a perfect complement to psychological work. Furthermore, as a holistic practice yoga attends to mind, body, behaviour and social interaction, thereby offering a biopsychosocial approach that nicely aligns with a growing appreciation that healing requires attention to all aspects of the person.

Yoga also offers potential benefits for therapists themselves; a growing area of research suggests that both mindfulness and yoga reduce burnout in mental health practitioners, supporting greater wellbeing and resilience. Interestingly, research has found that patients who work with psychologists who practice mind-body techniques report greater overall satisfaction with therapy.

Please note, full attendance of the course is required for certification.

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Yoga Therapy for PTSD: Professional CPD

  • Date

    27th February 2020 - 2nd March 2020

  • Time:

    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Location:

    The Minded Institute 220 Arlington Road Camden Town NW1 7HE United Kingdom

This course is run by Heather Mason, founder of The Minded Institute and renowned yoga therapist for the use of yoga in trauma.Approximately 8 percent of the population suffers from post-traumatic-stress-disorder. Although many new treatments are emerging a large percentage of those who seek help still experience significant symptoms. The use of yoga therapy in the treatment of post-traumatic-stress-disorder is gaining international popularity and some research trials have often found it preferable to conventional therapy. This is because yoga offers valuable skills that are vital in healing. Insights from neuroscientific research inform us that people who have PTSD require physical practices to help process traumatic experience and enhance the resiliency of the nervous system. As yoga offers gentle and safe movement, with practices that integrate controlled breathing, and self-awareness it is an ideal complementary treatment. Yoga helps individuals reconnect with their bodies and cultivate peace by balancing the autonomic nervous system. It also supports improved capacity ability to be with difficult feelings in a compassionate way, a fundamental part of reclaiming well-being.In this training you will learn how to use yoga to work with trauma in an evidence based, compassionate, and innovative way.

What the training will cover:

  • An overview of PTSD from a psychological, medical and neuroscientific perspective
  • Research on yoga for PTSD
  • Why yoga is an important intervention in PTSD from a psychological, medical and neuroscientific perspective
  • How yoga is able to able to alter psychological and neurological functioning in individuals with PTSD
  • Unique ways that yoga can be tailored to help those with PTSD in graduated and gentle fashion
  • Sensitivities and necessary precautions when using yoga to work with PTSD
  • Logistics of offering therapeutic yoga to those with PTSD

Who is the training for?

Yoga teachers, psychologists, therapists, nurses, and doctors are all welcome. 

About the Teacher:

Heather Mason is the founder of The Minded Institute. She is a yoga therapist, psychotherapist, and holds an MSc in medical physiology with a background in neuroscience. She specialises in using yoga therapy with PTSD and populations by integrating her yogic, neuroscientific, medical and therapeutic background. This training will be informed by her robust academic and experiential background, providing you with skills and insights that you will not find anywhere else.

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Rewiring the Brain Through Yoga: Neurological Insights into How to Use Yoga to Promote Neuroplasticity

  • Date

    10th March 2020

  • Time:

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Location:

    The Minded Institute, 220 Arlington Road, Camden Town, NW1 7HE United Kingdom

A corpus of emerging research finds that yoga positively alters brain function. In this one day course, we will:
  1. Provide an overview of the central and peripheral nervous system
  2. Discuss research revealing how yoga impacts these systems
  3. Explain ways to alter your yoga practice or your teacher to support particular neurological changes and most effectively balance the autonomic nervous system.
This course is taught by Heather Mason, the Founder of the Minded Institute.  Heather is a world leader in yoga for mental health and its relationship to brain functioning.  With an MSc in Physiology, extensive training in neuroscience, and an MA in Psychotherapy, Heather will guide you through simple, but profound ways to adjust your practice to promote a healthy brain and reduce stress and anxiety.

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Yoga Therapy Skills for Psychologists and Therapists (We are currently in the process of accrediting this course with the British Psychological Society)

  • Date

    15th May 2020 - 12th July 2020

  • Time:

    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Location:

    The Minded Institute 220 Arlington Road Camden Town NW1 7HE United Kingdom

(We are currently in the process of accrediting this course with the British Psychological Society)Dates: 15th - 17th May and 11th - 12th July 2020In this 5-day CPD (spread over 2 weekends) led by Dr. Samantha Bottrill (senior clinical psychologist and yoga therapist) and Heather Mason (founder of The Minded Institute, one of the world’s premier yoga therapy training organisations) psychologists and therapists can learn basic yoga practices that can easily be incorporated into their therapeutic work.During the training you will learn:

  • The common neural correlates that span most mental health conditions
  • Research that expresses yoga’s potential role in mental health and the neurological mechanisms that underline its curative effects
  • Basic yoga practices that can be used in therapeutic work to promote greater emotion regulation and improved patient self-efficacy
  • How to best talk to patients about including yogic practices in therapeutic work
  • Which types of yoga classes will best benefit your patients based on their current presentation
  • Yogic and mindfulness techniques to help you maintain or restore your own wellbeing.
Basic therapeutic yoga techniques are being used increasingly within psychological therapies, and with good reason; neuroscience research suggests that body-based practices increase neuroplasticity and improve affect regulation. In addition, mindfulness training promotes the inhibition of old habits, reappraisal of pre-existing assumptions, and the possibility to respond in novel ways. Yogic techniques naturally offer both improved mindfulness and greater emotional regulation, making it a perfect complement to psychological work. Furthermore, as a holistic practice yoga attends to mind, body, behaviour and social interaction, thereby offering a biopsychosocial approach that nicely aligns with a growing appreciation that healing requires attention to all aspects of the person.Yoga also offers potential benefits for therapists themselves; a growing area of research suggests that both mindfulness and yoga reduce burnout in mental health practitioners, supporting greater wellbeing and resilience. Interestingly, research has found that patients who work with psychologists who practice mind-body techniques report greater overall satisfaction with therapy.Please note, full attendance of the course is required for certification.

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Chair Yoga Teacher Training: The Lakshmi Voelker Method

  • Date

    16th May 2020 - 31st May 2020

  • Time:

    12:30 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Location:

    The Minded Institute 220 Arlington Road, Camden London NW1 7HE United Kingdom

The course will be held over the following two weekends;
16th - 17th May and 30th - 31st May 2020


Do you know people who would benefit from yoga but:

  • Cannot get down (or up) from the floor due to age, disability, inflexibility, or injury?
  • Want to practice yoga where getting on the floor is impractical (at work, travelling, etc.)?
Traditionally these people have been unable to reap the exceptional benefits of yoga. Chair yoga makes it possible! With the advent of social prescribing, yoga teachers with fully accessible chair yoga skills will be in great demand, and this course provides the necessary knowledge and skills to meet whatever standards will be required.

Created in 1982, Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga (LVCY) has been training chair yoga teachers for over 35 years, proven effective with teachers worldwide. Its special focus on “levels of flexibility” provides teachers with the structure and confidence to adapt any pose safely and effectively for people of all ages and abilities on any chair. In addition, LVCY offers tools and inspiration for tapping into each teacher’s own creativity when bringing chair yoga to those who need it, sharing the benefits with every BODY in yoga studios, leisure centres, hospitals, schools, care homes, community settings, and offices as well as at home. 

What the training will cover:
This comprehensive 35-hour course takes a blended approach, combining group, self-study, and online learning. It takes place over two weekends with self-study in between. Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive your LVCYT (Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Teacher) certification and be able to run your own chair yoga classes/sessions with confidence. This course is certified by Yoga Alliance (USA) and Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK).

Course modules include:
  • How to adapt poses on the chair safely and effectively
  • Adapted poses on the chair for Single, Double, Pair, Weighted, and Wheelchair Yoga
  • Precautions for chair poses
  • Pranayama (breathing techniques)
  • Philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics
  • Class sequencing and teaching techniques
  • Extra modalities, including Acupressure, Reflexology, and Do-In Chinese Self Massage
  • Special tips for teaching chair yoga in care homes and other settings
Who the training is for and eligibility:
Yoga teachers, healthcare professionals, exercise professionals, carers, and community workers may all follow this course. For those without a yoga teacher qualification, an 8-hour Introduction to Yoga course must be taken as a prerequisite (contact the teacher and see www.accessiblechairyoga.com for details).

About the Teacher
Liz Oppedijk is co-founder of the social enterprise Accessible Chair Yoga CIC and a leading expert on Chair Yoga in the UK. She has taught chair yoga to people with a wide range of abilities, including those with Parkinson’s, MS, stroke, cancer, and other conditions, as well as those with dementia, learning disabilities, and their carers. Her special interests are training a community of chair yoga teachers to bring yoga to care homes across the country and carrying out research into yoga’s effectiveness in the social care and healthcare sectors. She is the official Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga teacher trainer in the UK and the European Coordinator for Jivana Heyman’s Accessible Yoga charity.

In collaboration with Accessible Chair Yoga CIC and The Minded Institute

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Yoga Therapy & Mindfulness for Addictions

  • Date

    4th June 2020 - 7th June 2020

  • Time:

    9:30 am - 5:30 pm

  • Location:

    The Minded Institute 220 Arlington Road, Camden London NW1 7HE United Kingdom

Yoga is a remarkable practice that builds self-awareness, strength, clarity of mind, and resilience. By clearly understanding how yoga can promote psychological and physical changes, yoga teachers can tailor practices to support the addicted mind and help prevent relapse.

By combining specialised yoga practice with mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques (CBT—a common psychological approach in addictions treatment), we can develop a method of healing that supports the whole person.

What you will get from this training

Students learn how to use integrative yogic-based approaches to addictions that will allow you to work with clients privately, in clinics, and in group settings. In particular, we explore the teachings of Yogi Bhajan with regards to ‘keeping up spirit’ in the face of adversity.This workshop is geared towards yoga teachers and professional addiction workers. Our training will give you the skills to work from a complete mind-body perspective.

You will gain

  • A certificate of attendance and CPD points from The Minded Institute and Yoga Alliance UK through Pilamaya
  • Knowledge of how to teach a four-week course that has been developed over years of working with yoga and relaxation practices in addiction and recovery settings.
  • An understanding of how to work with addictions and recovery from a yogic and mindfulness perspective with individual clients and groups

Course Structure

This three-tiered approach—physiology, psychology, and behaviour—we can greatly enhance the likelihood of preventing relapse and overcoming addictions. This training will impart knowledge on:

  • Why we become addicted to substances and behavioral patterns
  • Which underlying neurological and psychological tendencies make people more vulnerable to addiction
  • How different substances impact the physiological systems of the body
  • What happens in the brain when we practice yoga and mindfulness and how this knowledge can be applied to people struggling with substance abuse
  • Specific yoga practices for addiction and recovery
  • How the yogic perspective can replace the addict worldview
  • What mindfulness is and how we can teach people to be with the mind
  • How yoga and mindfulness can be integrated into a CBT framework for working with addictions
  • How to liaise with the medical community and be part of a clinical team
  • How to promote feelings of safety in class and in the world
  • What kinds of long-term goals and practices can be created for helping the addict to remain substance free

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Breath-Body-Mind™ Introductory Workshop

  • Date

    27th June 2020 - 28th June 2020

  • Time:

    10:00 am - 5:30 pm

  • Location:

    220 Arlington Road Camden Town London NW1 7HE United Kingdom

Breath-Body-Mind™ Introductory Workshop This BBM Workshop fulfills the prerequisite for BBM Level-1 Teacher Training
Following the success of 2019's Breath-Body-MindTM workshop and training, we are delighted to welcome back Dr. Richard P. Brown and Dr. Patricia Gerbarg, pioneers of Integrative Mental Health, to offer their ground-breaking Breath-Body-Mind training workshop in 2020.
Designed to activate mind-body communication pathways, raise energy, regulate mood, enhance performance, reduce inflammation, and help dissolve pain; this training is for anyone who wishes to improve their stress resilience, physical health, and general wellbeing.
It is also ideal for yoga teachers and practitioners, psychologists, therapists, nurses, doctors, school teachers, first responders, relief workers, NGOs, and administrators who may wish to attend the Level-1 Breath-Body-Mind Teacher Training.
Benefits of Breath-Body-MindTM have been shown for health care practitioners, individuals with psychiatric and medical conditions, at-risk children, veterans, active duty military, research studies, and survivors of disasters.
The 2-day Workshop;
Learn breathing techniques proven to relieve stress and improve mood, mental focus, and performance. The benefits have been enjoyed by thousands of adults and children worldwide, including healthcare practitioners, yoga teachers, military veterans, refugees, and individuals with PTSD, anxiety, depression, ADD, cancer, and other medical conditions. Many people who have practiced these techniques say they have been transformed, and that they never would have imagined something so simple could be so powerful and helpful.Through movement, breathing, and relaxation techniques, you learn to:

  • Increase your stress resilience and renew your energy
  • Reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia
  • Increase lung capacity, oxygenation, and cardio-respiratory health
  • Connect to your inner self and others
  • Improve relationships and empathic abilities
  • Improve performance at work and at school
  • Learn more about this groundbreaking work at here.

    About the Teachers:

    Patricia L. Gerbarg, MD, assistant clinical professor in psychiatry, New York Medical College, graduate Harvard Medical School and Boston Psychoanalytic Institute, practices Integrative Psychiatry and serves on the APA CAIM task force and the American Botanical Council board. She researches mind-body practices for stress, anxiety, PTSD, and mass disasters. She and Dr. Richard P. Brown teach Breath-Body-Mind and co-authored Non-Drug Treatments for ADHD, The Healing Power of the Breath, and with Dr. Phillip Muskin How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health, and Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice (American Psychiatric Association Publishing, 2017).
    Richard P. Brown, MD, associate clinical professor in psychiatry at Columbia University, graduate of Columbia University Medical College and Cornell University Psychiatry Residency and Psychobiology/Psychopharmacology fellowship, lectures internationally and co-authored over 100 scientific articles, chapters and award-winning books. His neurophysiological theory, exploring effects of yoga breathing in treating anxiety, depression, PTSD and stress-related medical conditions, has been validated in clinical trials. A certified teacher of Aikido (4th Dan), yoga, Qigong, and meditation, he provides Breath-Body-Mind programs for healthcare professionals, yoga teachers, mass disaster survivors, first responders, veterans, school teachers, and patients with psychiatric and medical conditions.

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  • Breath-Body-Mind™ Teacher Training Level 1

    • Date

      29th June 2020 - 3rd July 2020

    • Time:

      10:00 am - 5:30 pm

    • Location:

      220 Arlington Road Camden Town London NW1 7HE United Kingdom

    Breath-Body-Mind™ Teacher Training Level 1

    Prerequisite: Completion of a 2-day Breath-Body-Mind™ Introductory workshop and regular practice of Coherent Breathing (20 minutes per day, 5–7 days per week) Breath-Body-Mind™ Workshop: 27th - 28th June 2020

    Following the success of 2019's Breath-Body-MindTM workshop and training, we are delighted to welcome back Dr. Richard P. Brown and Dr. Patricia Gerbarg, pioneers of Integrative Mental Health, to offer their ground-breaking Breath-Body-Mind Teacher Training Level 1.

    This training is aimed healthcare professionals, therapists, yoga teachers, school teachers, military, and disaster relief workers - who meet the above course prerequisite.

    Benefits of Breath-Body-MindTM have been shown for health care practitioners, individuals with psychiatric and medical conditions, at-risk children, veterans, active duty military, research studies, and survivors of disasters.

    Dr. Brown and Dr. Gerbarg have provided bi-annual Breath-Body-MindTM programs for relief of psychological and physical symptoms related to the 2001 World Trade Center attack for the past 15 years. Thousands of people have benefited, including First Responders, healthcare providers, tower escapees, area residents, volunteers, Ground Zero Workers, and families. Their programs have also been highly beneficial for survivors of the Southeast Asian Tsunami (2004), the Gulf Horizon oil spill, and survivors of war, human trafficking, slavery, genocide and abuse in South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Nigeria (the Chibok girls who survived captivity by the Boco Haram), Middle East refugees in Berlin shelters, and Bangladesh (Rohingya refugee children).

    About the training;

    In this first part of the three-level teacher training sequence, you learn to teach the core BBM techniques for stress, anxiety disorders, PTSD, military trauma, post-disaster, depression, ADHD, and stress-related medical conditions. Specific methods taught in this program include;

    • "Ha" breath, coherent breathing, breath moving, and 4-4-6-2 breathing
    • The Four Golden Wheels
    • Body scan, Guided meditation/relaxation
    • Trauma sensitive teaching
    • Introduction to BBM for Children
    • Precautions in teaching individuals with psychiatric and medical conditions
    • Introduction to Integrating Breath Practices with other therapies
    • Increase understanding of neurophysiological effects of voluntarily regulated breathing practices on emotion regulation, bonding, and cognitive function. Practice teaching while faculty observe and offer suggestions for improvement. Attention is given to creating a safe container, tone of voice, pacing, accuracy of instruction, and trauma sensitivity.

    With the completion of Level-I Teacher Training participants acquire the skills to:

    • Teach the core BBM practices to individuals
    • Assist others in teaching Breath-Body-Mind Workshops at the Introductory Level
    • Conduct follow-up session for those seeking ongoing practice
    • Offer further guidance to beginners in these techniques of self-regulation
    • Help develop programs in their communities and workplaces

    Breath-Body-Mind Workshops and Courses have been accredited for CME and CEU for over 10 years by The American Psychiatric Association, The New York State Department of Mental Health, the Society of Clinical Social Workers -Westchester County Division, Albany Medical Center, and other medical centers and academic institutions.

    Required reading: Richard P. Brown and Patricia Gerbarg, The Healing Power of the Breath: Simple Techniques to Reduce Stress and Anxiety, Enhance Concentration, and Balance Your Emotions (book + CD and E-Book) Avaliable to purchase here

    About the Teachers:

    Patricia L. Gerbarg, MD, assistant clinical professor in psychiatry, New York Medical College, graduate Harvard Medical School and Boston Psychoanalytic Institute, practices Integrative Psychiatry and serves on the APA CAIM task force and the American Botanical Council board. She researches mind-body practices for stress, anxiety, PTSD, and mass disasters. She and Dr. Richard P. Brown teach Breath-Body-Mind and co-authored Non-Drug Treatments for ADHD, The Healing Power of the Breath, and with Dr. Phillip Muskin How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health, and Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice (American Psychiatric Association Publishing, 2017).

    Richard P. Brown, MD, associate clinical professor in psychiatry at Columbia University, graduate of Columbia University Medical College and Cornell University Psychiatry Residency and Psychobiology/Psychopharmacology fellowship, lectures internationally and co-authored over 100 scientific articles, chapters and award-winning books. His neurophysiological theory, exploring effects of yoga breathing in treating anxiety, depression, PTSD and stress-related medical conditions, has been validated in clinical trials. A certified teacher of Aikido (4th Dan), yoga, Qigong, and meditation, he provides Breath-Body-Mind programs for healthcare professionals, yoga teachers, mass disaster survivors, first responders, veterans, school teachers, and patients with psychiatric and medical conditions.

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    Breath-Body-Mind™ Teacher Training Level 2

    • Date

      29th June 2020 - 3rd July 2020

    • Time:

      10:00 am - 5:30 pm

    • Location:

      220 Arlington Road Camden Town London NW1 7HE United Kingdom

    Breath-Body-Mind™ Teacher Training Level 2

    Prerequisite: 1. Completion of a 2-day Breath-Body-Mind™ Introductory workshop and regular practice of Coherent Breathing (20 minutes per day, 5–7 days per week) Breath-Body-Mind™ Workshop: 27th - 28th June 2020 2. Completion of a 5-day Breath-Body-Mind™ Teacher Training Level 1, Personal Practice of BBM with at least 20 minutes of Coherent Breathing a day for a minimum of 5 days per week and experience teaching BBM techniques regularly since completing BBM Level-1 Teacher Training Breath-Body-Mind™ Teacher Training Level 1: 29th June - 3rd July 2020

    The second level of the BBM teacher training sequence further develops skills in teaching BBM for stress, anxiety, PTSD, military trauma, post-disaster, depression, ADHD, and stress-related medical conditions. Methods you learn to teach include:

    • "Ha" breath, coherent breathing, breath moving, 4-4-6-2 breathing, Qigong 4-4 breath, Ocean Breath, Alternate Nostril Breathing, Tapping
    • The Four Golden Wheels
    • The Great Harmonizer of the Breath
    • Body scan, Guided meditation/relaxation
    • Focus is on developing skills and confidence in teaching groups
    • BBM beginning practices for Children
    • Precautions in teaching individuals with psychiatric and medical conditions
    • Integrating Breath Practices with other therapies
    • Increase understanding of neurophysiological effects of voluntarily regulated breathing practices on emotion regulation, bonding, and cognitive function. Practice teaching groups while faculty observe and offer suggestions for improvement. Attention is given to creating a safe container, tone of voice, pacing, accuracy of instruction, trauma sensitivity, planning teaching sequences, teaching materials.


    With the completion of Level-2 Teacher Training participants acquire the skills to:

    • Teach BBM practices to individuals and groups
    • Develop teaching sequences
    • Assist others in teaching Breath-Body-Mind Workshops
    • Conduct follow-up session for those seeking ongoing practice
    • Offer further guidance to beginners in these techniques of self-regulation
    • Help develop programs in their communities and workplaces


    Required reading and listening: Richard P. Brown and Patricia Gerbarg, The Healing Power of the Breath book and CD set. Avaliable to purchase here

    Please note: Space is limited, so register early.



    About the Teachers:



    Patricia L. Gerbarg, MD, assistant clinical professor in psychiatry, New York Medical College, graduate Harvard Medical School and Boston Psychoanalytic Institute, practices Integrative Psychiatry and serves on the APA CAIM task force and the American Botanical Council board. She researches mind-body practices for stress, anxiety, PTSD, and mass disasters. She and Dr. Richard P. Brown teach Breath-Body-Mind and co-authored Non-Drug Treatments for ADHD, The Healing Power of the Breath, and with Dr. Phillip Muskin How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health, and Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice (American Psychiatric Association Publishing, 2017).


    Richard P. Brown, MD, associate clinical professor in psychiatry at Columbia University, graduate of Columbia University Medical College and Cornell University Psychiatry Residency and Psychobiology/Psychopharmacology fellowship, lectures internationally and co-authored over 100 scientific articles, chapters and award-winning books. His neurophysiological theory, exploring effects of yoga breathing in treating anxiety, depression, PTSD and stress-related medical conditions, has been validated in clinical trials. A certified teacher of Aikido (4th Dan), yoga, Qigong, and meditation, he provides Breath-Body-Mind programs for healthcare professionals, yoga teachers, mass disaster survivors, first responders, veterans, school teachers, and patients with psychiatric and medical conditions.

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    Yoga as Medicine, Level 2: Yoga Therapy for the Nervous System

    • Date

      8th August 2020 - 12th August 2020

    • Time:

      9:30 am - 5:00 pm

    • Location:

      Life Centre Islington 1, Britannia Row London N1 8QH United Kingdom

    We are delighted Timothy McCall is returning to Yogacampus to offer another Yoga As Medicine module.
    We live in a world where most people have nervous systems that are out of balance. This can be due to stressful lives, inadequate rest, a history of significant trauma, or from the effects of disease itself. Yoga, including a wide variety of yogic tools from chanting to poses to meditation has proven itself to be one of the best ways to balance the body’s autonomic nervous system (ANS). Due to its strong connection to the ANS, there will be a major focus on the breath in this training, both as a contributor to nervous system maladies when it is dysfunctional, and its use to help heal such conditions.

    The format for this course is a five-day training of six hours per day, with group case work playing a big part in the learning. Lectures will focus on topics related to the nervous system including its role in autoimmune diseases like MS and Parkinson's. We'll also explore the role of yoga in trauma and PTSD, which can transform a previously normal nervous system into one that overreacts to perceived threats. Case work will explore how asana, pranayama, restoratives, meditation, yoga nidra and other yogic techniques can help re-pattern abnormal stress responses, both over- and under-activity, common among those with everything from anxiety and depression to insomnia, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and autoimmune conditions.

    In our yoga practices, we will work to move progressively toward profound relaxation of the nervous system. The asana will be mostly gentle with an emphasis on skillful use of the breath both in movement and in stillness. The practices will build on each other over the course of the five days, and we hope the effects will ripple out into your personal yoga practices — as well as your professional work and personal lives — in the weeks and months after the training!

    Eligibility
    Whilst competing Yoga As Medicine Level 1 is recommended, it is not required before doing a Level 2 module such as this as all Level 2 modules are complete trainings in their own right.

    About the Teacher
    The course is led by Timothy McCall, MD. More information about Timothy is available here.
    Co-sponsored by The Minded Institute and YogaCampus.

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