Upcoming CPD Courses

Yoga Therapy Group Supervision

  • Date

    18th September 2019

  • Time:

    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  • Location:

    Haptivate 220 Arlington Road Camden Town NW1 7HE United Kingdom

The Minded Institute is beginning group supervision in yoga therapy for trainees and graduates of any school. We feel there is a real need for community and group discussion around areas of best practice, boundaries, ethics, precautions, and the development of the field. Our first session will be from 6-9pm on September 18th. The session will be chaired by two senior members of our teaching faculty, Dr. Samantha Botrrill (both a clinical psychologist and yoga therapist) and Cassandra Fairweather (both a yoga therapist and psychotherapist with special training in group process work). These two specialists have also brought yoga therapy into the NHS.You are welcome to bring questions about specific clients (anonymised), general issues/questions, and/or to learn from the wisdom of the collective.A maximum of 20 people will be welcomed to this session, with the session priced at £25 per person.To book your space please email info@themindedinstitute.com

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Basic Mental Health Techniques for Yoga Teachers

  • Date

    6th October 2019

  • Time:

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Location:

    220 Arlington Road Camden Town London NW1 7HE United Kingdom

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 yogaCost: £120 Date: 6th October 2019 Time: 10am to 5pmAbout 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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Breath-Body-Mind™ Workshop

  • Date

    27th October 2019 - 28th October 2019

  • Time:

    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Location:

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

Dr. Richard P. Brown and Dr. Patricia Gerbarg, pioneers of Integrative Mental Health, offer their groundbreaking Breath-Body-Mind™ workshop.Discover a unique fusion of techniques drawn from qigong, yoga, Buddhist meditation, Orthodox Christian monks, martial arts, Open Focus Attention Training, and modern neuroscience, designed to activate communication pathways between the mind and the body, raise energy levels, regulate mood, enhance performance, reduce inflammation, dissolve pain, and enhance the sense of connection to oneself and others.This Breath-Body-Mind™ workshop fulfils the prerequisite for Breath-Body-Mind™ Level-1 teacher training, to be given from the 30th October to 3rd November. The workshop is also a great refresher for those who already have the prerequisite qualifications.What the training will cover:Dr. Brown and Dr. Gerbarg share a unique blend of mind-body practices—breathing, tapping, movement, and sound healing. Slide and videoclip presentations highlight their scientific research and humanitarian projects serving survivors of the 2004 Southeast Asian Tsunami, military combat veterans, 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, Gulf Horizon oil spill, war and slavery in South Sudan, genocide in Uganda and Rwanda, Middle East refugees, and Rohingya child refugees in Bangladesh.Dr. Brown guides participants through rounds of movement with VRBPs, including Coherent Breathing and Breath Moving. The gentle movements can be done standing or sitting and are suitable for adults and children. Awareness and mindfulness of breath and changes in mental and physical states are cultivated. Attendees enhance learning by participation in group processes.Clinical issues, indications, contraindications, risks, benefits, and guidelines for augmenting psychotherapy with VRBPs will be included. Cases illustrate restoration of connectedness/bonding through VRBPs that shift the individual from defensive states of fear to states of safety and bonding.Who is the training for?This 2-day workshop is for anyone wishing to learn how to improve stress resilience, relieve physical or emotional symptoms of stress or trauma, or simply to improve health and well-being.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). www.Breath-Body-Mind.com.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. www.Breath-Body-Mind.com.Cost: £300Early Bird rate of £250 until 30th June.

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Breath-Body-Mind™ Teacher Training - Level 1

  • Date

    30th October 2019 - 3rd November 2019

  • Time:

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Location:

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

Breath-Body-Mind™ Level-1 Teacher Training, designed by world-renowned psychiatrists Drs. Richard Brown and Patricia Gerbarg, is an intensive program that provides the basic tools for teaching simple but powerful breathing, movement, visualisation and relaxation practices for working with physical and mental health populations. Breath-Body-Mind™ practices can be incorporated into many different work settings by a wide range of care providers from classroom teachers to disaster relief workers to mental health professionals and yoga therapists.

Dr. Brown, Dr. Gerbarg and their assistants take you through rounds and teaching sequences. You will practice teaching with partners while course faculty monitor and provide feedback to improve your skills. Small group processes help increase awareness and insight.

What you will learn about:

  • The neuroscience and neuropsychology of breathing exercises
  • How to teach Coherent Breathing, Breath Moving, Ha Breath, Two Golden Wheels, Resistance breath (Ocean breath), 4-4-6-2, Body Scan, Heart-focused Breath
  • How to teach trauma-sensitive BBM practices safely and effectively
  • How to adapt BBM practices for special groups: children, veterans, trauma survivors, elderly, and medically-ill clients
  • How to integrate work into health services

Course materials included: 1 BBM Manual, 1 Practice CD

Please note, attendees must have previously completed the Breath-Body-Mind™ Workshop to be eligible for this training.Cost: £600

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Chronic Pain: A Symposium on Yoga Therapy as an Emerging Treatment

  • Date

    13th November 2019

  • Time:

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Location:

    Haptivate 220 Arlington Road Camden Town NW1 7HE United Kingdom

We are thrilled that the College of Medicine and the Minded Institute will be holding this event. On November 13th, leading researchers and clinicians will join together to provide a clear view of yoga therapy in chronic pain management. Chronic pain is ubiquitous throughout the world, with an estimated 1.5 billion people currently suffering worldwide. Tragically an estimate of 66% of those affected expect to live with pain for the rest of their life, leading to devastating effects on individuals’ quality of life, national and international productivity, and the health care system. It is increasingly clear that biopsychosocial interventions are necessary for improved outcomes. In the US, where there are thought to be 100 million people suffering from chronic pain, the Government is looking at integrative solutions and is now considering yoga therapy as a form of prevention and treatment and we expect the UK to follow. Since this will lead to an explosion in the field of yoga therapy, we believe it is vital to educate yoga and health professionals as to the role of yoga therapy in treatment.Some of our key speakers include:

  • Matthew Taylor PhD, former President of Board of Directors of the International Association of Yoga Therapy, physiotherapist, and expert in chronic pain
  • Amy Wheeler PhD, Current President of Board of Directors of the International Association of Yoga Therapy, yoga researcher, and thought leader in the field of yoga therapy and mental health
  • Marlysa Sullivan, MPT, assistant professor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health, an Author of “Yoga and Science in Pain Care”
  • Raquel Chinchetru, Yoga Therapist and Chronic Pain Clinical Specialist at Pain Management Solutions within the NHS, with an MSc in Health Psychology and an MSc in Health Management

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Yoga Therapy and Mindfulness for Addictions

  • Date

    14th November 2019 - 17th November 2019

  • Time:

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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, we can tailor practices to support the addicted mind and help prevent relapse.The Minded Addiction Recovery Kit (MARK) training combines uses an integrative yogic-based approach that explores body, breath and mind to empower the individual with the tools to regulate their nervous system.This training enables practitioners to work from a complete mind-and-body perspective and firmly setting the foundation for successful engagement with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.How is the course structured? The training has a three-tiered approach—physiology, psychology, and behaviour—so as to greatly enhance the likelihood of preventing relapse and overcoming addictions.This training imparts 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
  • Exploration of the teachings of Yogi Bhajan and ‘keeping up spirit’ in the face of adversity
  • 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
This training is developed and led by Shaura Hall. Shaura is an accredited Yoga Therapist C-IAYT with a wealth of understanding and experience with addictions. You can read more about Shaura’s background here.Dates: 14th - 17th November 2019Location: Central LondonPrice: £450

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Yoga Therapy for Anxiety: Professional CPD

  • Date

    27th November 2019 - 1st December 2019

  • Time:

    9:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Location:

    220 Arlington Road Camden Town London NW1 7HE United Kingdom

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues plaguing our society today.  Although a normal part of being alive, anxiety levels are spiralling out of control. The National Office of Stats said that from 2015-2016, 20 percent of the population experienced moderate anxiety in the last week, while 20 percent experienced high levels in the last week. That’s 40% of the UK population! Yoga is a wonderful way to reduce levels of anxiety as it jointly addresses the body and mind and has a profound positive impact on mood. However, not all yoga techniques are ideally suited to help someone who is suffering from acute levels of anxiety or an anxiety disorder and in some cases can exacerbate anxiety.  To offer short term relief and long-term changes to the nervous system therapeutic yoga and appropriate well-informed yogic practice are important.Led by Heather Mason, the founder of The Minded Institute, this 5-day skill training will provide extensive insight as to the neurophysiology and psychology of anxiety and how to use yoga therapy to treat anxiety from a mind-body-brain perspective.Whether you are a:

  1. Yoga teacher who wants to offer classes that attend to your anxious students, while continuing to teach your own style of yoga
  2. A yoga teacher who wants to specialise in yoga therapy for anxiety
  3. A mental health professional looking to integrate yogic techniques into your work
This course will provide you with the tools and understanding regarding yoga’s role in anxiety treatment, giving you clear skills to offer other greater peace, ease, and psychological resiliency.We will cover the following:
  • The neurological, psychological and yogic perspectives on anxiety
  • The mechanisms underpinning yoga’s curative effects as expressed through cutting edge research on yoga, neuroscience, and the psycho-biology of stress
  • Specific ways in which yoga can be used in anxiety management
  • How to tailor specific asana, pranayama, mindfulness and relaxation exercises to work with anxiety in a mode that is both medically sound and yogically informed
  • Intelligent asana sequencing when working with anxiety populations
  • How to exercise safety when working with clinical anxiety populations
  • How to liaise with the medical and health care establishments
On completion of this training you will be able to:
  • Teach yoga classes tailored to anxiety populations.
  • Be confident in providing short and long-term yoga therapy treatment plans for those with anxiety disorders for individual clients and groups.
  • Have skills to insert into an existing client practice or healthcare setting.
  • Offer individual client sessions with an emphasis on anxiety reduction
Please note that this is a continuing professional development course – if you are a healthcare/ mental health practitioner or therapist, you will not become a qualified yoga teacher on the basis of this course but will learn a variety of skills and tools that you can integrate into your pre-existing practice or profession.

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Yoga Therapy Skills for Psychologists and Therapists

  • Date

    18th January 2020 - 16th February 2020

  • Time:

    9:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Location:

    Haptivate 220 Arlington Road Camden Town NW1 7HE United Kingdom

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.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:

  1. The common neural correlates that span most mental health conditions
  2. Research that expresses yoga’s potential role in mental health and the neurological mechanisms that underline its curative effects
  3. Basic yoga practices that can be used in therapeutic work to promote greater emotion regulation and improved patient self-efficacy
  4. How to best talk to patients about including yogic practices in therapeutic work
  5. Which types of yoga classes will best benefit your patients based on their current presentation
  6. Yogic and mindfulness techniques to help you maintain or restore your own wellbeing
Dates: 18th-20th January, 15th-16th February Investment: £550 Location: Haptivate, 220 Arlington Road, Camden Town, London, NW1 7HE Please note, full attendance of the course is required for certification.

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