Due to the unique characteristic aspects found in yoga, its practice is increasingly being recognized as a valuable complementary measure in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Many trauma institute and programs now have yoga classes and use yogic teaching in clinical work.
Geared towards yoga teachers and therapists, this training will offer you skills to use therapeutic yoga with clients and patients suffering from PTSD.
What you will learn:
· How PTSD presents from both a neurological and psychological perspective.
· Why yoga is such a potent treatment from a neurological perspective. This will include an overview of how the nervous system changes as well as current research that demonstrates the efficacy of yoga in changing brain function.
· Scientific studies that reveal how effective yoga is in treating PTSD. This will enable participants to more effectively liaise with sceptics, hospitals, and the NHS.
· How to work with traumatized clients in a sensitive and safe way.
· Yoga practices that help to regulate the nervous system allowing clients to better process and cope with feelings.
· How to bring yoga into your own clinical practice or work with other clinical practitioners as a yoga teachers.
· Creating a paced program for traumatized clients to allow for deep healing in the body, mind and spirit.
· How to introduce and effectively teach mindfulness to traumatized clients.
About the Teacher
Heather Mason is the founder of the Minded Institute, an organization that both trains professionals and develops, implements, and researches innovative methods for mental health treatment based on the fusion of yoga therapy, mindfulness techniques, neuroscience, and psychotherapy.
The Minded Institute offers a renowned 500 hour yoga therapy training program in the UK for professionals who are specifically interested in using yoga therapy to work with clinical mental health populations.
Heather possesses a robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies and an ongoing MSc in Neuroscience. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. In addition to forming the Minded Institute and supporting its various activitites, Heather created and continues to teach an ongoing elective at the Boston University School of Medicine for first and second year medical students, focusing on the neural correlates and clinical applications of yoga.
Previously, Heather lectured on the neurobiology of PTSD, neurological mechanisms of yoga and mindfulness as relevant interventions for Boston’s Trauma Center yoga training and she developed a program for those with PTSD at the Maudsely Hospital in London, the main psychiatric hospital of the UK.
Heather is a seasoned lecturer and she recently organized a conference in London on Yoga and the Brain where she offered a keynote address alongside some of the most respected researchers in the field of yoga therapy.
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