Upcoming Online Courses

Yoga is an ancient behavioral practice that allows for the development and enhancement of mind body skills and behavioral factors including physical functioning, self-regulation of internal physiological and psychological states, meditation/mindfulness and life meaning and purpose.In easy-to-understand language, this presentation will review some of the basic science underlying the psychophysiology of yoga practices and describe some of the cutting edge biomedical research studies with relevance to yoga, including research on psychology, physiology, molecular biology and brain imaging. Models of psychophysiological mechanisms of action and future areas of research will be presented.We will also overview the significant research on the benefits of yoga as a therapeutic and preventive intervention for maintaining health, wellness, well-being, and quality of life.About the Teacher:Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Ph.D. is Director of Yoga Research for the Yoga Alliance and the Kundalini Research Institute, Research Associate at the Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, Research Affiliate at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.He has conducted research on yoga and yoga therapy since 2001 and has been a practitioner/instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan since 1971. His research has evaluated yoga for insomnia, chronic stress, and anxiety-related disorders, and in the workplace and public schools. He works with the International Association of Yoga Therapists promoting yoga research as scientific director for the annual Symposium on Yoga Research and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy. He is medical editor of the Harvard Medical School Special Report Introduction to Yoga, and chief editor of the medical textbook The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care.

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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 Skills for Psychologists and Therapists

  • Date

    4th September 2020 - 26th September 2020

  • Time:

    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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

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

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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