Upcoming CPD Courses

Yoga Nidra for Mental Health with Shaura Hall

  • Date

    23rd June 2020

  • Time:

    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Yoga Nidra, translated into English as Yogic Sleep is a wonderful way for people to relax and transform their minds at the deepest level.Arising from the ancient practice of Nyasa, meaning ‘to place’,Yoga Nidra holds huge potential for physiological regulation and psychological integration – especially if it is created and delivered from a neurologically informed place.For years Shaura has specialised in offering Yoga Nidra for mental health and has been teaching it as part of her more extensive training programmes. In response to the surge in mental health issues and addictive behaviours emerging due to the current international health crisis, she is offering a 4 hour professional training in her unique methodology, to help professionals effectively support their clients.During this short course, Shaura will share a brief lecture on the psychobiological effects of Yoga Nidra, explain how this practice can be used to develop embodied awareness, and strengthen the vulnerable mind. This will be followed by guidance practice and a plenary discussion on that will include: how to teach Yoga Nidra online, how to tailor the practice to individual need, and how to apply aspect of Yoga Nidra to other relaxation based practicesAbout the Teacher;Shaura Hall trained with the Minded Institute and is a Yoga Therapist C-IAYT, yoga teacher and therapeutic and group supervisor. She has written and delivers advanced yoga teacher training, therapeutic mediation, healing courses and is part of the Minded Institute Team. Her specialist interest is how yoga and embodied awareness promotes healing for those who are undergoing the process of addiction.

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Introduction to Yoga as Therapy for Low Back Pain

  • Date

    24th June 2020

  • Time:

    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Low back pain (LBP) affects one in three adults in the UK each year, with an estimated 2.5 million people seeking help from their GP. World-wide lower back pain is the second leading cause of disability. A corpus of research finds yoga can help in treatment of back pain and since 2016 the NICE guidelines on LBP recommend Yoga as part of the long-term rehabilitation. However, there is no guidance on how to use yoga to work safely and effectively with these types of clients. Given that not all yoga is useful for back pain additional training is vital for safety. In fact, the wrong practice can significantly increase pain and can damage the person, while appropriate practice may be curative.Back pain expert, Silvia Laurenti, is a physiotherapist, yoga teacher, and anatomy lecturer; and will be offering an introductory foundational training in yoga therapy for back pain to yoga professionals who want to understand best practice, precautions, and how to apply various aspects of yoga that are not movement based to meet the psychosocial goals of treatment that are deemed part of best practice.This foundation online course will give you confidence to start working with patients and clients with Non-Specific Low Back Pain.Topics covered:

  • Acute versus chronic pain: the role of central sensitisation
  • What is non-specific low back pain?
  • How yoga can help?
  • Precautions and how to adapt asanas safely
  • The biopsychosocial approach: the role of emotions and social connection in pain management
  • Mindfulness-based approaches to pain management for the lower back
  • Relaxation positions and advice on acute back pain

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Online Breath-Body-Mind™ Introductory Workshop

  • Date

    27th June 2020 - 28th June 2020

  • Time:

    10:00 am - 5:30 pm

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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  • Online Breath-Body-Mind™ Teacher Training Level 1

    • Date

      29th June 2020 - 3rd July 2020

    • Time:

      10:00 am - 5:30 pm

    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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    Online Breath-Body-Mind™ Teacher Training Level 2 *sold out*

    • Date

      29th June 2020 - 3rd July 2020

    • Time:

      10:00 am - 5:30 pm

    This course will be held online via zoom.

    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.

    This training is now fully booked.

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    This course will be held online via Zoom.An increasing body of evidence demonstrates that yoga offers great health value, and it is beginning to impact healthcare worldwide. This one-day workshop offers Healthcare Professionals, Carers, Care Staff, and Community Workers simple and effective yoga techniques that can be used for oneself and for patients, staff members, residents, and relatives.By the end of the workshop, participants will know how to teach basic yoga movement, breath and relaxation techniques that can easily be practised and taught to others. You will learn key postures from each of the main groups, including standing poses, forward and back bends, twists, sun salutations, and simple inversions. We will also look at the importance of postural alignment, thebreath, and mindfulness meditation. You will be encouraged to ask as many questions as you like throughout the day, so you come away with a clear understanding of all aspects of a yoga practice.What the training will cover:

    • Introduction to yogic philosophical ideas that support well-being.
    • Basic yogic techniques.
    • Overview of yoga postures, with an introduction to some basic postures and movements, including a series of poses to free up all the major joints in the body.
    • Introduction to simple relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, and the benefits.
    Who the training is for and eligibility:For those who want to go further, this workshop provides the background and knowledge to follow the Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Teacher Training course, and it fulfils the prerequisite for those without a yoga teacher qualification.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 regularly lectures on chair and accessible yoga, yoga for Parkinson’s and dementia, and yoga in care homes. 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.Ticket Type Standard Ticket - £125.00 Early Bird Ticket (till 15 June) - £115.00

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    Mental Health Skills for Yoga Teachers

    • Date

      8th July 2020

    • Time:

      10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    This one-day training course is for yoga teachers who want to learn practical skills to help plan and teach yoga classes for clients suffering with depression and anxiety.Did you know in the UK that 1 in 4 people suffer from depression or anxiety? The practice of yoga is known to be highly beneficial for depression, anxiety and a host of other mental health conditions. More and more people are coming to classes hoping to improve their symptoms, but there are some important considerations and contraindications when dealing with these individuals. It is the responsibility of the teacher to prepare, be aware of, and be sensitive to these considerations.In this course you will learn:1. Medical and psychological reasons that yoga is so advantageous for mental health conditions 2. Important yoga research that reveals yoga’s beneficial effects on these conditions 3. Basic pranayama that is best suited to help alleviate depression and anxiety 4. Important sensitivity to bring to all yoga classes, especially as it is likely someone in your class will have a mental health complaint 5. Physiological considerations in sequencing classes to maximise the calming and/or mood-elevating effects of yogaAbout Heather MasonHeather is the Founder of The Minded Institute. An organisation that develops innovative methods for mental health treatment, drawing on Heather’s robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, an MSC in Medical Physiology and extensive academic training in neuroscience. The institute also trains yoga teachers, therapists and those in the psychological professions how to use yoga in emotional healing. Heather is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. She is occasionally involved in research on the efficacy of yoga and the mechanisms that underpins. Previously, Heather lectured on the neural correlates of PTSD for the Boston Trauma Centre Yoga Training and created a medical school course called Embodied Health for the Boston University School of Medicine and the Mind-Body Science elective at the USA’s first MSc in yoga therapy.

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    Over 2.5 million people in the UK are living with cancer with this figure predicted to rise to 4 million by 2030. Interest in the use of yoga therapy interventions is increasing among health professionals and cancer patients who are seeking out alternative ways of managing symptoms, side effects of treatments and finding ways of moving forwards after cancer. As yoga teachers and therapists we need to be informed and prepared to meet this growing need for alternative interventions in order to support people holistically and safely at all stages of the cancer journey.Who will this day suit:Yoga teachers or therapists interested in working with people with cancer.The day will be lecture, community sharing and practical work in groups and pairs.Course content:

    • What is cancer? Overview, incidence and prevalence
    • Aetiology of cancer; Common causes and treatments
    • Viewing cancer from the perspective of the koshas
    • Common issues and side effects of cancer and cancer treatments; to include pain, fatigue, nausea, lymphoedema and osteoporosis
    • Risks associated when teaching yoga and pranayama for cancer at all stages – keeping your students safe.
    • Rebuilding strength and moving forward after cancer
    • Using Yoga Nidra and relaxation tools
    • Ethics and challenges for teachers and therapists and the importance of self-care and supervision
    • Useful resources
    This day will offer an initial insight and overview of the tools you will need to develop when working within the complex field of cancer,  privately, in social care or NHS settings. Further in depth CPD will be offered 7th October - 12th October 2020. The Teacher - Julie RobinsonFollowing several years working as both a general and mental health nurse in the NHS, Julie moved to work in a wide range of community settings chiefly in the areas of of mental health re-provision and supported housing.She is an Integral Hatha and BWY dIploma teacher with 15 years experience of teaching across various settings with general and clinical populations. Julie is a graduate yoga therapist with TMI and a member of the supervision team.Since 2017 she has been working individually with people living with cancer and also in a cancer resource centre where she has helped develop their yoga programme.www.yogalighthouse.co.uk

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    Chair Yoga Teacher Training Intensive: The Lakshmi Voelker Method

    • Date

      18th July 2020 - 19th July 2020

    • Time:

      9:00 am - 6:00 pm

    This course will be held online via Zoom.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 32-hour course takes a blended approach, combining group online learning, self-study, and 1-2-1 online mentoring. The group online training takes place over two days, with self-study and assessments (practical and written) due after the weekend. Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive your LVCYT (Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Teacher) certification and will 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.
    • Breathing techniques.
    • Philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics.
    • Class sequencing and teaching techniques.
    • Extra modalities, including Acupressure, Reflexology, and Do-In Chinese Self Massage.
    • Practical tips for teaching chair yoga in healthcare, 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 workshop on Basic Yoga Techniques must be taken as a prerequisite.About the TeacherLiz 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 regularly lectures on chair and accessible yoga, yoga for Parkinson’s and dementia, and yoga in care homes. 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 InstituteTicket Type Standard Ticket - £525.00 Early Bird Ticket (till 19 June) - £480.00 Payment plans available; please email: leah@themindedinstitute.comCompletion of this course is worth 16 CPD points with Yoga Alliance Professionals

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    Yoga Therapy for PTSD Professional Training

    • Date

      23rd July 2020 - 27th July 2020

    • Time:

      10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    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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    Yoga for Arthritis Teacher Training

    • Date

      30th July 2020 - 2nd August 2020

    • Time:

      9:30 am - 6:00 pm

    • Location:

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

    34 YA Credits- 34 IAYT CreditsThis is the first time that this unique evidence-based teacher training will be in the UK!Yoga for Arthritis was developed at a leading research university by an interdisciplinary team of medical and healing professionals. Combining ancient yoga practices with modern medical knowledge, this program offers modifications to address the unique abilities and limitations of persons with rheumatoid and/or osteoarthritis. In a 7-year randomized clinical trial, program participation was associated with improved arthritis symptoms, disease biomarkers, physical fitness, psychological functioning and quality of life. Join yoga therapist Ann Swanson, MS, C-IAYT, LMT, ERYT500, author of the SCIENCE OF YOGA, to learn how to safely and effectively teach a rigorously researched yoga practice, with individually tailored modifications, to those with arthritis and chronic pain. As a result of taking this course, participants will:

    • Become familiar with the most common arthritic conditions, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, etc.
    • Understand joint anatomy and pathophysiology as related to arthritis in depth
    • Offer modifications for joint limitations and chronic pain
    • Teach Yoga for Arthritis classes in their communities
    • Work individually with arthritic clients of all ability levels

    Prerequisite: 200 Hour Yoga Teacher trainingLearn more about the training at www.arthritis.yogaAbout the Teacher; Ann Swanson, MS, C-IAYT, LMT, ERYT500Ann is a yoga therapist and author of the international release SCIENCE OF YOGA, which is being translated into over 15 languages. She holds a Master of Science in yoga therapy from Maryland University of Integrative Health and studied directly under Dr. Steffany Moonaz, the creator of Yoga for Arthritis. Ann uniquely applies cutting-edge research practically to yoga while maintaining the heart of the tradition. She has over a decade of experience teaching yoga in retirement communities and one-on-one to people with arthritis and chronic pain. For more about Ann, head to www.AnnSwansonWellness.com

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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 Parkinsons. 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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    Yoga Therapy Skills for Psychologists and Therapists

    • Date

      4th September 2020 - 26th September 2020

    • Time:

      10:00 am - 6:00 pm

    • Location:

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

    Dates: 4th - 6th September and 25th - 26th September 2020Approved by the British Psychological Society for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)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.Dates: 4th - 6th September and 25th - 26th September 2020

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    Therapeutic Yoga in Cancer Treatment - Professional CPD

    • Date

      7th October 2020 - 11th October 2020

    • Time:

      10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Therapeutic yoga is increasingly recognised for its value for individuals with cancer whether they are undergoing treatment or in remission. Research and a multitude of clinical reports find that therapeutic yoga reduces fatigue, improves mood, reduces pain, improves quality of life, and provides necessary skills for improving well-being for those who are in remission. As a gentle, adaptable practice that provides group support and enhances the mind-body connection yoga is now offered in various hospitals that specialise in cancer care, most notably, the world-renowned MD Anderson.In the UK alone over 2.5 million people in the UK are living with cancer with figures predicted to rise to 4 million by 2030. Yoga teachers and yoga therapists with proper training can play an important role in integrative care for cancer patients.Join Julie Robinson, an experienced teacher in the field of therapeutic yoga for cancer for highly compassionate, evidence-based, and holistic approach to employing yoga for those with cancer.What will you learn:

    • An overview of cancer including: how it is defined, causes, risk factors, prevalence, and common treatments.
    • How cancer influences the whole person and how yoga therapy can in turn offer a whole person approach to healing.
    • Side effects of cancer and cancer treatments; and how yoga may offer value in mitigating these.
    • Practical cancer appropriate yoga sessions developed by Julie for the 4 most common cancers in the uk, breast, lung, prostate and colo-rectal
    • Risks and precautions associated when teaching yoga asana and pranayama for cancer at all stages of the disease
    • Appropriate practices during treatment for maintaining wellbeing
    • Appropriate practices for rebuilding strength after cancer
    • Using Yoga Nidra, restorative practices and relaxation tools to support during cancer
    • Ethics and challenges for teachers and therapists working with cancer
    • Self-care for yoga teachers and yoga therapists working with cancer. importance of self-care and supervision for the teacher/ therapist
    • Useful resources and research references to support further knowledge
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    Yoga Therapy & Mindfulness for Chronic Pain

    • Date

      22nd October 2020 - 26th October 2020

    • Time:

      10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    • Location:

      220 Arlington Road Camden Town London NW1 7HE United Kingdom

    Chronic pain is rife in society. According to the British Journal of Medicine two-fifths of the UK population (around 28 million people) suffer from prolonged chronic pain conditions. Accordingly, chronic pain is one of the most prevalent health conditions in the nation and, with an ageing population, numbers are likely to rise. Although there are many treatment options, a large percentage of those who seek help still experience significant symptoms. The use of mindfulness and yoga therapy in the treatment and management of chronic pain is gaining international popularity, as evidenced by high levels of efficacy in both clinical work and in research trials. In this grounding breathing training, delivered by Raquel Chincetru, you will learn both innovative and time-tested techniques for helping others to more effectively manage their chronic pain. Raquel Chinchetru is pioneering the use of yoga therapy for chronic pain in the UK, and has spent the last three years working in the NHS using yoga therapy and mindfulness with thousands of patients with a wide range of chronic pain conditions.This course is open to yoga professionals, physiotherapists, cccupational therapists, health and clinical psychologists, psychotherapists, medical professionals, nursing staff, and alternative therapists (or relate disciplines).In this ground-breaking training you will learn:

    1. What chronic pain is, and a wide range of chronic pain conditions
    2. The most recent theories on the neuropsychophysiological mechanisms that underpin the experience of chronic pain
    3. Research regarding the efficacy of yoga therapy and mindfulness in the treatment of chronic pain
    4. Breathing interventions that can be applied across a wide range of chronic pain conditions
    5. How to incorporate innovative mindfulness techniques (including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), in conjunction with breathing interventions and other aspects of yoga therapy
    6. How to assess physical needs and appropriate movements and yoga postures in management of chronic pain conditions, as appropriate to the unique individuals
    7. Sensitivities and necessary precautions when using yoga and mindfulness to work with chronic pain
    8. The relationship between chronic pain and trauma, and how to engage in integrative treatment plans
    9. How to support the client’s greater self-reliance and management of chronic pain
    10. How to liaise with the healthcare community, and be part of a multi-disciplinary team for the management of chronic pain
     About Raquel ChinchetruRaquel works as a Chronic Pain Clinical Specialist at Pain Management Solutions, where she uses her broad skill-set to work with patients and a multi-disciplinary team of specialists to provide effective care, according to best practice and NHS guidelines. She is also the founder of her own company, BreathingBeing. Alongside extensive training in yoga therapy Raquel holds two degrees in Psychology, an MSc in Health Psychology and an MSc in Human Resources. She also holds a BA in fine arts. Currently, Raquel is completing her Professional Health Psychology Doctorate, focusing on the effectiveness of breathing interventions on adjustment to chronic pain. She completed her training in yoga therapy with the Yoga Biomedical Trust in 2004, and again with the Minded Institute in 2010. She holds a wide range of other trainings in both the sphere of psychology and yoga therapy, ranging from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to yoga therapy in PTSD and structural yoga therapy and extensive perinatal training in mental health. 

    Price: £500

    Time: 10am - 5pm

    Location: 220 Arlington Road, Camden, London, NW1 7HE

    Payment by instalment is available, please email info@themindedinstitute.com for more information.

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    Yoga Therapy for PTSD: Professional CPD

    • Date

      7th November 2020 - 11th November 2020

    • Time:

      10:00 am - 6:00 pm

    • Location:

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

    This course is accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. 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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