Yoga Therapy & Mindfulness for Addictions

  • Date

    14th June 2018 - 17th June 2018

  • Time:

    9:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Location:

    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, yoga teachers can tailor practices to support the addicted mind and help prevent relapse.

By combining specialised yoga practice with mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques (CBT—a common psychological approach in addictions treatment), we can develop a method of healing that supports the whole person.

What you will get from this training

Students learn how to use integrative yogic-based approaches to addictions that will allow you to work with clients privately, in clinics, and in group settings. In particular, we explore the teachings of Yogi Bhajan with regards to ‘keeping up spirit’ in the face of adversity.This workshop is geared towards yoga teachers and professional addiction workers. Our training will give you the skills to work from a complete mind-body perspective.

You will gain

  • A certificate of attendance from the Minded Institute
  • CPD points from Yoga Alliance Professionals through Pilamaya Yoga
  • Knowledge of how to teach a four-week course that has been developed over years of working with yoga and relaxation practices in addiction and recovery settings.
  • An understanding of how to work with addictions and recovery from a yogic and mindfulness perspective with individual clients and groups

Course Structure

This three-tiered approach—physiology, psychology, and behaviour—we can greatly enhance the likelihood of preventing relapse and overcoming addictions. This training will impart 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
  • 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

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Yoga Therapy for Perinatal Mental Health

  • Date

    14th September 2018 - 16th September 2018

  • Time:

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Location:

    Location TBC Central London London United Kingdom

Pregnancy and motherhood can be transformative in women's lives. While the experience of pregnancy and early motherhood can feel wondrous and beautiful, for many women it is also a time of emotional turmoil resulting in immensely challenging and intense emotional states.The experience of being pregnant and having a young family can be both physically and emotionally demanding and the pressures a modern mother faces include but are not limited to changes in body image, career, identity and relationships.Statistics show that mental health problems in the perinatal period are common, with up to 20% of women being affected. Depression and anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses during the perinatal period.This 3 day experiential course will address the complex issues facing new mothers and mothers to be and is open to existing pregnancy yoga teachers who are seeking to support women’s mental, emotional and physical health in the Perinatal Period (The Pregnancy and Postnatal Period) using Yoga Therapy.Course ContentThe course is a combination of lecture, group and individual activities, experiential yoga and mindfulness practice, written reflection, creative enquiry and discussion. Topics will include:

  • Understanding the normal emotional changes during pregnancy and the postnatal period
  • Understanding ways to optimise maternal mental health in pregnancy and the postnatal period
  • Understanding the importance and impact of perinatal mental health problems for women, their partners, their families and society, including the relevance of cultural experiences
  • Describe the prevalence, main symptoms, assessment and treatment of significant and serious perinatal mental illness
  • Understanding the unique Stress Response in pregnancy and how chronic maternal stress can impact fetal development
  • Introducing the 3 component model for Yoga therapy for Perinatal Mental Health
  • Rationale and research for Yoga Therapy in Pregnancy
  • Guided personal reflective enquiry into themes such as change, body image, perfection
  • How do expectations and identity influence the transition to motherhood and how does this impact emotional wellbeing
  • How to apply yoga, mindfulness and enquiry for Perinatal Wellbeing: Includes how to sequence and structure a class based on themes presented
  • Guidance and discussion on how to work with women who have had still births and/or miscarriages, and traumatic birth experiences
  • Overview of Father’s Mental Health.
Pre-requisitesCompleted Pregnancy Teacher Training. Proof of completion will be required before acceptance onto the course.

  Shweta Panchal is a Yoga Therapist for Mental Health. She is supervisor and a lecturer at the Minded Institute, an Active Birth Pregnancy Yoga Teacher, an Ambassador for the Pre and Postnatal Depression and Anxiety charity PANDAS. She is currently designing a qualitative research study on the PsychoSocial factors influencing emotional wellbeing in the Perinatal Period and has recently completed a summer school training in Perinatal Mental Health at Kings College London. In 2017 she appointed advisor to the International Forum of Wellbeing in Pregnancy (IFWIP).She has a first class honours degree in Psychology and Social Anthropology, and before becoming a full-time mother to her two boys, she had a successful eight-year career as a Management Consultant. In collaboration with the Minded Institute she has created a specific evidence based Yoga & Mindfulness Therapy intervention to help improve physical & mental health in pregnancy. She is passionate about reforming mainstream ante-natal education to include psychological and emotional preparation as well as physical preparation for birth and motherhood. She speaks and presents at national Perinatal Mental Health conferences about the importance of understanding and working with the emotional transitions in pregnancy and how non-medical interventions can be of value. She has also been invited to speak at NHS training events for obstetricians and other health professionals on the use of targeted therapeutic yoga and mindfulness programmes alongside traditional talking therapy and/or pharmacological treatments.She teaches regular pregnancy classes and workshops which are grounded in a scientific approach that combines deep philosophical, neurobiological, psychological and physiological perspectives on the mind, body and brain. Your investment: £350

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Yoga Therapy Skills for Psychologists and Therapists

  • Date

    22nd November 2018 - 25th November 2018

  • Time:

    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Location:

    Location to be confirmed Central London London United Kingdom

Basic therapeutic yogic 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 well-being 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 4-day CPD 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 well-being

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