Upcoming Online Courses

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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