All our courses are held in UK Time, which is GMT or BST depending on the time of year. Upon booking an online course, you will receive a booking confirmation with the link to access the live training & any required handouts.

Online Course: Rewiring the Anxious Brain Through Yoga

  • Date

    3rd June 2020

  • Time:

    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Did you know that there is evidence that yoga can actually improve and change brain functioning?  With insights from neuroplasticity we now know that not only does anxiety present in a particular way in the brain, but that there are ways to help rewire the brain to support a state of greater relaxation not only in the movement, but in the long-term. As anxiety and anxiety disorders are one of the biggest issues in society today with incidences growing to epidemic levels with the acute health crisis, people need skills to help downgrade panic more than ever. Heather Mason is...

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Part 2: Yoga Therapy Training in Pranayama

  • Date

    5th June 2020

  • Time:

    2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

To join this course, you must have completed Part 1; How to Apply Therapeutic Breath Practices to Different Health Needs: Yoga Therapy Training in Pranayama. In Part 2 we will explore more in depth Respiratory Physiology including: The effects of additional Pranayama such as; Alternate Nostril Breathing Breath holds Rapid Breathing Technique Additional aspects of breath that can be changed We will also consider specific clinical presentations and how we might want to alter the breath in these contexts. If you are interested in attending Part 1, please visit; Part 1: Yoga Therapy Training in Pranayama

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Teaching Loving Kindness to Mental Health Populations

  • Date

    8th June 2020

  • Time:

    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Loving Kindness Meditation (LKM) supports self-care and improved mood. Research also finds LKM is associated with enhanced interpersonal connections, changes in brain functioning, improved immunity, and better emotion regulation. It is therefore a perfect practice for those whose mental health is suffering or experiencing chronic pain. Unfortunately, studies have shown that the practice, if not modified can highlight feelings of self-loathing and remind people of painful experience. In this interactive professional training Heather Mason will: Provide an overview of what LKM is and guide practices Review research expressing the health benefits of LKM Discuss why those with mental and physical...

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Join us for another online observation of yoga therapy with Marlysa Sullivan, PT, C-IAYT. Marlysa Sullivan is a leading light in yoga therapy and has played a significant role in the emergence of the field. Recently, she authored Understanding Yoga Therapy: Applied Philosophy and Science for Well-being. As a yoga and physiotherapist has spent 15 years working with people that have chronic pain conditions. As both a clinician and a university lecturer, Marlysa will demonstrate her acumen in working with others and best practice in teaching and offering sessions online. We are thrilled that now, as we are offering zoom...

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Part 1: Yoga Therapy Training in Pranayama

  • Date

    10th June 2020

  • Time:

    3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The impact of breath on the entire body and especially the cardiovascular and nervous, is profound. In this 3-hour workshop for yoga and health professional, Heather Mason will profound a deep review of the respiratory system and how various breath modifications impact physiology and psychology. In the second half of the workshop, she will describe how to conduct a breath assessment and use this to determine what kind of breath practices to offer clients in need. Following the explanation and demonstration Heather will use the “breakout room” feature to partner various participants in different online rooms, where they will practice...

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Introductory Training in Yoga Therapy for Chronic Pain

  • Date

    11th June 2020

  • Time:

    2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

According to the British Pain Society, in 2016, more than two fifths of the UK population (which equates to 28 million adults) experienced pain which lasted 3 months or longer. Pain is something that affects us both physically and mentally, and treatment isn’t always straightforward – pain management through opioids is limited due to risk of addiction (an issue that has caused untold difficulties in the USA), and often there isn’t a simple surgical solution. In some cases, it can even be challenging to even identify any clear cause. In the face of this pressing health concern, the use of...

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Professional Yoga Skills for Working with Depression

  • Date

    16th June 2020

  • Time:

    2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Yoga has always been a practice of balancing the mind, so it is not surprising it that it has such a profound effect on mental health. With its 8 limbs it seamlessly focuses on a host of factors that conspire to improve mood. In fact, research finds that yoga's greatest efficacy is in mitigating depression. In this four hour professional training, Heather Mason will: Review the neuropsychological reasons behind yoga's benefit for depression Discuss best practices for improving depression Share techniques to motivate students that might struggle to begin practice Highlight precautions when working with depressed persons Provide information on...

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We are thrilled that the created of phoenix rising yoga therapy, Michael Lee, is joining our online yoga therapy observation series. He is one of the most eminent figures in Yoga Therapy Today! During social distancing it is imperative sessions are done virtually, but it is likely that things will not return to their former states. The Minded Institute has launched this series of observation sessions where yoga therapists can learn by directly experiencing yoga therapy sessions from international leaders in the field, while learning about best practice online. What is Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy? Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy is...

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Yoga Nidra, translated into English as Yogic Sleep is a wonderful way for people to relax and transform their minds at the deepest level. Arising from the ancient practice of Nyasa, meaning ‘to place’,Yoga Nidra holds huge potential for physiological regulation and psychological integration – especially if it is created and delivered from a neurologically informed place. For years Shaura has specialised in offering Yoga Nidra for mental health and has been teaching it as part of her more extensive training programmes. In response to the surge in mental health issues and addictive behaviours emerging due to the current international...

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Introduction to Yoga as Therapy for Low Back Pain

  • Date

    24th June 2020

  • Time:

    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Low back pain (LBP) affects one in three adults in the UK each year, with an estimated 2.5 million people seeking help from their GP. World-wide lower back pain is the second leading cause of disability. A corpus of research finds yoga can help in treatment of back pain and since 2016 the NICE guidelines on LBP recommend Yoga as part of the long-term rehabilitation. However, there is no guidance on how to use yoga to work safely and effectively with these types of clients. Given that not all yoga is useful for back pain additional training is vital for...

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This course will be held online via Zoom. An increasing body of evidence demonstrates that yoga offers great health value, and it is beginning to impact healthcare worldwide. This one-day workshop offers Healthcare Professionals, Carers, Care Staff, and Community Workers simple and effective yoga techniques that can be used for oneself and for patients, staff members, residents, and relatives. By the end of the workshop, participants will know how to teach basic yoga movement, breath and relaxation techniques that can easily be practised and taught to others. You will learn key postures from each of the main groups, including standing...

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Over 2.5 million people in the UK are living with cancer with this figure predicted to rise to 4 million by 2030. Interest in the use of yoga therapy interventions is increasing among health professionals and cancer patients who are seeking out alternative ways of managing symptoms, side effects of treatments and finding ways of moving forwards after cancer. As yoga teachers and therapists we need to be informed and prepared to meet this growing need for alternative interventions in order to support people holistically and safely at all stages of the cancer journey. Who will this day suit: Yoga...

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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...

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Yoga Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Professional Training

  • Date

    23rd July 2020 - 27th July 2020

  • Time:

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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...

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