Upcoming CPD Courses

Breath-Body-Mind for Professionals

  • Date

    18th February 2019 - 19th February 2019

  • Time:

    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Location:

    220 Arlington Road Camden Town London 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.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?Yoga teachers, psychologists, therapists, nurses, doctors, school teachers, first responders, relief workers, NGOs, and administrators.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: £350Early Bird rate of £300 until 15 November.

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Yoga Therapy and Mindfulness for Addictions

  • Date

    28th February 2019 - 3rd March 2019

  • Time:

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Location:

    The Study Society 151 Talgarth Road London W14 9DA 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, 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: 28th February - 3rd MarchLocation: Haptivate, 220 Arlington Road, Camden Town, London, NW1 7HEPrice: £450 This event will also be held in Glasgow, in November 2018:https://theyogologist.co.uk/addictions/29th November - 2nd DecemberYogaJo's, Lennox Park, Main St, Milngavie, Glasgow G62 6JN

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Yoga Therapy & Mindfulness for Chronic Pain

  • Date

    13th March 2019 - 17th March 2019

  • 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: £550

Time: 10am - 5pm

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

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Yoga Therapy for Anxiety: Professional CPD

  • Date

    25th April 2019 - 29th April 2019

  • Time:

    10:00 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 Minded, 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 for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Professional CPD

  • Date

    19th June 2019 - 23rd June 2019

  • Time:

    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Location:

    220 Arlington Road Camden Town London NW1 7HE United Kingdom

This course is run by Heather Mason, founder of Minded 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 Minded. 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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