Yoga Psychotherapy Training - The Minded Institute

Date:
October 2024
Please click here to register your interest for our Oct 2024 intake and you will be contacted by one of our Course Directors to arrange an introductory interview.

If you are a yoga therapist who has graduated from a different accredited yoga therapy programme, please note your intention to undertake both the Bridging Course and Psychotherapy Course.

Time:
Our professional training in Integrative Yoga Psychotherapy is based in the UK and runs over eight modules. All modules run from Thursday to Sunday, 10am-6pm. Modules 1, 3, 5 & 7 are held in-person at a central London venue. Modules 2, 4, 6, and 8 are held live online over Zoom.

The Minded Institute is thrilled to have created the world’s only psychotherapy course specifically tailored to yoga therapists, Integrative Yoga Psychotherapy. This pioneering one-year course, has been uniquely created for seasoned yoga therapists to draw on their extensive therapeutic knowledge and to become dually qualified as accredited psychotherapists, thus, significantly increasing their scope of practice. Originally created for Minded Institute yoga therapy graduates, the programme is also open to graduates of other accredited yoga therapy schools, upon completion of our Bridging Course. (which can be completed live across two 5-day modules or via recordings which would require additional work and assessment).

Integrative Yoga Psychotherapy is accredited by the National Council of Integrative Psychotherapists (NCIP), a professional membership body that strives to continually develop, maintain, and raise professional and industry standards across all of psychotherapy. NCIP accreditation for the Minded Diploma in Integrative Yoga Psychotherapy formally recognises the qualification as being equivalent to a Level 7, such as a Master’s degree in England and Wales.

 

 

Further Information

Integrative Yoga Psychotherapy extends the principles and practice of Minded Yoga Therapy, providing practitioners with the grounding needed to select and move fluidly between effective top-down and bottom-up practices to meet the client needs and engage more deeply with identifying, exploring and resolving the causes of mental suffering.

Many of the tools, concepts and bottom-up approaches inherent in Yoga Therapy are now being embraced within mainstream and developing psychotherapeutic approaches. This is seen particularly in relation to working with trauma, chronic pain, and mood disorders, where variants of CBT that use acceptance, compassion and mindfulness as core concepts meet an ever-increasing appreciation of polyvagal theory and the importance of the body in treatment, as the limits of pure talk therapy alone are acknowledged. IYP practitioners will be well-placed to integrate their existing expertise with these orientations and to champion a more embodied, holistic, and spiritual approach.

IYP enhances the Yoga Therapist’s toolbox of body-based therapeutic approaches; including movement, breathwork, mindfulness, meditation, with a wider range of complementary concepts and techniques drawn from some of the most efficacious and relevant psychotherapeutic modalities. These models are all viewed using a yogic framework.

Within IYP, Minded has formulated a unique perspective on developmental psychology using the Chakra system, and interweaves this with the multi-dimensional model of the self viewed through the five lenses of the Koshas for assessment and direction. In addition, IYP practitioners will be aware of, able to use, and critically assess, a range of models and tools from dominant psychotherapeutic modalities.

For more information click here to download the prospectus, or click here to register your interest.

 

Graduates of the Minded 600 hour Yoga Therapy Diploma are all welcome to apply via internal channels. We also welcome yoga therapists who are C-IAYT and/or graduates of BCYT or IAYT accredited programmes. To ensure that yoga therapists have the unique mental health competencies and clinical skills to join our Integrative Yoga Psychotherapy (IYP) training, we have created a mandatory 80 hour Bridging Course which will take place online. Please see details of the Bridging Course and the prospectus of the IYP Training via the links below. Click here to register your interest for both.

External yoga therapist applicants who have missed the live Bridging Course dates but who are required to complete the training may still be able to undertake the course via recordings; please note that additional work and assessments would be required versus the live training.

Induction Day – Online 

27th September 2024 

  • Course requirements 
  • Modes of learning and course delivery 
  • Record Keeping 
  • NCIP requirements 
  • Life-Stage Exercise 

Module 1: The Foundation (Muladhara) – In Person 

17-20th October 2024  

  • Introductions 
  • What is Psychotherapy? 
  • Reflective yoga therapy practice associated with developmental life stage 
  • How the Professional Diploma in Yoga Therapy and Bridging Course inform the Integrative Yoga Psychotherapy (IYP) model 
  • Historical Overview of Psychotherapy, Common Psychotherapy Models, and IYP 
  • The framework of IYP based on Psycho-neurobiology of Developmental Psychology-Infancy and conditions for “good enough” growth 
  • The Chakra Model: A Template for IYP’s Developmental Psychology 
  • The Koshas and Chakras: Assessment, Enquiry, Formulation and Goal Setting, and the Application of Yoga Therapeutic Practices 
  • The Therapeutic Relationship: Therapeutic Qualities, the Brahmaviharas, and Hindrances 
  • How Models of Mind Inform Psychotherapy: from Modern Psychology to Yogic Philosophy and Buddhism 
  • Common Tools Used in IYP 
  • Self-enquiry 
  • Introduction to Core Skills and Practice 
  • Home Group Reflection (Facilitated by the Home Group Course Tutor) 

Module 2: Freedom and Movement (Svadhisthana) – Online 

5-9th December 2024 

  • Reflective yoga therapy practice associated with developmental life-stage 
  • Home-Group Discussion of Client Work with Course Tutor 
  • Reading Bodies, Expressions, Voice: to assess psychological state and support decision-making in therapy 
  • Stages of Therapy and Models of Integration 
  • Neuropsychology of Early Childhood: Optimal Conditions, Lack of Optimal Conditions, and the Role of Psychotherapy  
  • Listening to the Body: Tracking Sensations, Cleaning Questioning, and Focusing 
  • Phoenix Rising Meets IYP: Michael Lee on understanding client needs, movement, and the Buddhist perspective 
  • What Does IYP Look Like in Practice? (Part I) 
  • Somatics and their Relationship to IYP  
  • Using Enquiry to Move Clients On 
  • Self-enquiry 
  • Core Skills practice 
  • Home Group Reflection (Facilitated by Course Tutor) 

Module 3: Empowering Clients (Manipura) – In Person 

30th Jan-2nd February 2025 

  • Reflective yoga therapy practice associated with developmental life stage 
  • Home-Group Discussion of Client Work with Course Tutor 
  • Understanding and Working with Values 
  • The Yamas and Niyamas: Tools of Self and Client Empowerment and Value Building. 
  • Client Activation, Behavioural Activation, and Motivational Interviewing 
  • Neuropsychology of Middle to Late Childhood: Optimal Conditions, Lack of Optimal Conditions, and the Role of Psychotherapy 
  • Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Third Wave Approaches 
  • Integration of CBT principles into IYP 
  • Ethics, Legal Framework and Scope of Practice (Part 1) 
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) 
  • Self-enquiry 
  • Advanced skills introduction and practice 
  • Home Group Reflection (Facilitated by Course Tutor) 

Module 4: Love for Self and Others (Anahata) – Online 

3rd-6th April 2025 

  • Reflective yoga therapy practice associated with developmental life stage 
  • Home-Group Discussion of Client Work with Course Tutor 
  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) 
  • Neuropsychology of Adolescence (Part 1): Optimal Conditions, Lack of Optimal Conditions, and the Role of Psychotherapy 
  • Mirror Neurons and Building the Therapeutic Alliance 
  • Working with Impressions, Bias, and Difference 
  • Self-awareness and Patterns of Self Deception: From Transference and Countertransference to Unconscious Bias, Defence Mechancisms, and Shadow work 
  • Power Dynamics in Therapy 
  • Introduction to Psychodynamic Principles and Transactional Analysis 
  • Working with Grief 
  • Self-enquiry 
  • Skills practice 
  • Home Group Reflection (Facilitated by Course Tutor) 

Module 5: Communication and Self-Expression (Vishuddhi) – In Person 

22nd -25th May 2025 

  • Reflective yoga therapy practice associated with developmental life-stage 
  • Neuropsychology of Adolescence (Part 2): Optimal Conditions, Lack of Optimal Conditions, and the Role of Psychotherapy 
  • Home-Group Discussion of Client Work with Course Tutor 
  • Giving Voice to Self and Other: Building an Emotional Relevant Vocabulary 
  • Internal Family Systems and IYP: Giving Voice to the Many Parts of Ourselves 
  • Sound Therapy 
  • Assessing and Managing Emergency Situations 
  • Social Context Project: Group Presentations 
  • Self-enquiry 
  • Skills practice 
  • Home Group Reflection (Facilitated by Course Tutor) 

Module 6: Wisdom and Self-Actualisation (Ajna) – Online 

17-20th July 2025 

  • Reflective yoga therapy practice associated with developmental life-stage 
  • Home-Group Discussion of Client Work with Course Tutor 
  • Neuropsychology of Early Adulthood: Optimal Conditions, Lack of Optimal Conditions, and the Role of Psychotherapy 
  • Building Healthy Relationships and Connection to Self, Other, and the Universe 
  • The Therapeutic Relationship as Model for Other Relationships 
  • Connection and the Social-Engagement Network: Evoking Parasympathetic Activation 
  • The Search for Meaning and Self-Actualisation: Jung, Maslow, and Frankl 
  • The Use of Visualisation for Self-Actualisation: Yoga Nidra, Positive Psychology, and Hypnogogic states 
  • Integral Eye Movement Therapy 
  • Self-enquiry 
  • Skills practice 
  • Home Group Reflection (Facilitated by Course Tutor) 

Module 7: The Spiritual Realm (Sahasrara) – In Person 

25-28th September 2025 

  • Reflective yoga therapy practice associated with developmental life-stage. 
  • Home-Group Discussion of Client Work with Course Tutor 
  • Clinical skills practice in new triads with guided analysis of recorded session.  
  • Peer Group Discussion of Client Work 
  • Neuropsychology of Late Adulthood: Optimal Conditions, Lack of Optimal Conditions, and the Role of Psychotherapy 
  • Spiritual Counselling 
  • What Does IYP Look Like in Practice (Part II) 
  • Scope of Practice Reviewed: Legal Requirements, Safeguarding and Risk Assessment 

 

Module 8 – Reviewing of Core Psychotherapy Concepts – Online 

1st-2nd November 2025 

  • Home Group Reflections 
  • Ending Therapy 
  • IYP Contracts with The Minded Institute 
  • Future Requirements and Case Study Discussion 
  • Future Directions of IYP 
  • Closing Ceremony 

 

Please note: The Minded Institute reserves the right to alter the order and content as described here. 

Our training fees for the Diploma in Integrative Yoga Psychotherapy are £6,250 for the 2024 intake. An early-bird price of £5,950 is available for applicants who are accepted and who pay the deposit before 30th June 2024. 

To secure your place (once you have been made an offer), you must pay a non-refundable deposit of £1200. Applicants may pay in full or in instalments, with full payment made before the start date of the course. 

Additional Related Course Fees: 

  • 25 psychotherapy sessions 
  • 17+clinical supervision sessions 
  • Books and materials 
  • £75 processing fee for professional portfolio 
  • £100 grading fee for case studies 
  • Current DBS, First-Aid Certification, and trainee insurance 

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

‘I am a current student on the Minded IYP Course that began in May 2023. I will be completing the didactic portion of the course along with the submission of my professional portfolio showcasing my learning up to this point later this month February 2024.
The course has amplified my ability to be with clients as a yoga therapist and as an integrated yoga psychotherapist in training.
Integrating evidence-based psychotherapy practices within yoga therapy allows for the bottom-up approach coupled with a deep understanding of somatic experiences to land in a way that feels less confusing for the client. Being able to hold what is happening with the mind also leads to enhanced trust in the therapeutic relationship. The emphasis on being fully present with clients in each later of the kosha model, particularly the manomaya layer, can lead to profound connections and better outcomes in therapeutic settings, especially in secure environments.
I feel less confused now about how to skillfully hold the narrative the client is sharing and co-create what the client needs most to support them in the moment. The integration is what leads to better mind-body connection with less confusion in the trauma field. The course has provided me with valuable clarity and skills to ease the suffering mind and continue to learn to support my clients effectively.’

★ ★ ★ ★ ★


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