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Yoga Therapy for Insomnia – A 5-day Teacher Training Course
The Minded Institute and Lisa Sanfilippo present:

Yoga Therapy for Insomnia

Become Part of the Yogi Sleep Revolution!

London from February 28th to March 3rd, 2014

Insomnia, sleeplessness, and interrupted sleep have reached epidemic levels. According to the recent Great British Sleep Survey, more than half the population suffer from some level of insomnia while over 40 million Americans suffer from severe and chronic insomnia. Whether sleep issues result from stress or depression, caring for a new baby, or physiological changes, most people have trouble sleeping at some point in their lives. Reduced sleep quality and quantity is highly stressful and can impair daily functioning. Mounting evidence confirms that yoga and complementary techniques support better sleep as it is highly effective in training the mind and body to relax – without the side-effects that accompany common pharmaceutical interventions.

Join us for this grounding breaking workshop taught by Lisa Sanfilippo, Heather Mason, the founder of The Minded Institute, as well as special guest lecturer Philip Stevens. You will learn:

1) All about sleep:
•How sleep works: how much we need, how the body systems work, and howsleepneeds differ over time – for different people
•What happens in the brain during sleep
•The long-term physiological effects of poor sleep

2) All about insomnia and how to address:
•The reasons why people don’t sleep
•Situational vs. chronic insomnia and how to approach these issues appropriately
•Ways to support yourself and others to feel relaxed, rested, and positive about sleep
•In depth yogic techniques that can help improve rest and relaxation including; asana, pranayama, meditation, and marma.
•The optimal sequencing of asanas that align with the body’s circadian rhythms and address reasons for sleeplessness or poor sleep

3) Better Sleep “Stewardship” – Other habits that complement a yoga approach to better rest:
•Daytime energy management and principles of creating wakefulness in a sustainable way
•Complementary practices and therapies to support better rest including nutritional and herbal support for sleep, rest and energy.

At the end of the training you will be fully prepared to:
•Incorporate information about bettersleepand rest into group classes
•Offer one to one sessions focused on the issues of sleeplessness
•Teach Lisa’s renowned a 6 week yoga therapy course for insomnia


LOCATION: Diorama Arts Studios, London (Near Euston Station)

TIME: 10am-5pm daily

TO BOOK OR TO FIND OUT MORE, PLEASE EMAIL email@themindedinstitute.com


Lisa Sanfilippo, BSc, MSc, RYT, is the UK’s leading teacher of yoga for insomnia, with more than 15 years of experience and action research, 10 of which teaching yoga in the UK and internationally. Lisa has developed a range of workshops, classes and courses focused on insomnia, which have been offered at London’s top yoga studios for nearly a decade. Her approach is uniquely holistic, moving from the most physical and bio-mechanic to the deepest understanding, on a mental, emotional and soul-level, why it is that we don’t sleep and what we can do about it. Lisa’s background includes intensive training in Anusara Yoga, including yoga therapeutics and extensive studies in Tantric yoga philosophy. She has also studied the body-mind energetic systems with Anodea Judith, the world’s foremost scholar and practitioner in yoga and the chakra system. Lisa is currently training as a transpersonal psychotherapist, bringing into her teaching a solid base in addressing the emotional and soul-level needs of each individual.

Heather Mason, MA, MSc, RYT, is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of The Minded Institute. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her 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. Heather develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further, she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices. Heather also trained with the Boston Trauma Center in yoga therapy for trauma and now lectures with the team on the neurobiology of trauma and the neurological mechanisms of yoga and mindfulness as relevant interventions. She regularly writes and lectures on mind-body therapies.

Philip Stevens (Swami Sannyasananda), BSc (Psych, Physiol); BSc (hons) (Physiol) (Adel); MWSCY; FWSCY, is a Consultant Neurophysiologist with Science degrees in Psychology and Physiology, an Honours degree in Neurophysiology completed at the Centre For Sleep Research in South Australia and Post-Graduate clinical training in Mind-Body Medicine from Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. He has explored the effects of certain yoga practices on the heart, brain and autonomic nervous system and runs clinical yoga sessions, courses and seminars around Australia and overseas on various aspects of science and yoga. He is an accredited yoga teacher, an Academic Advisor at Monash University Medical School and Research Director at the Swan Research Institute exploring the neurophysiological effects of various pranayama and meditation techniques.

To register, email The Minded Institute: email@themindedinstitute.com

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