By popular demand, Shaura Hall, one our esteemed lecturers, will be offering Shaura Hallher unique Yoga Therapy + Mindfulness Course for Addiction in London on 22-25 January. Shaura’s approach and curriculum is influenced by extensive training as a Kundalini Yoga teacher, Minded Yoga Therapist and current BsC studies in Health Sciences (among other expertise – see her full bio on her website); however, the root of Shaura’s passion in this work comes from her own struggles with Addiction. This intimate understanding of what it is like to live with addiction informs her work with clients in her private practice, teaching teachers as a lecturer with the Minded Institute and in her programs with the NHS in 2012.

A pivotal experience on Shaura’s path to healing from her own addiction was a visit to her father and family in a small community in the Pacific North West United States. What she found with her father was a great affinity; they had much in common, and his community of friends was hugely influential in supporting her recovery and spurring her further along on her spiritual path. Surrounded by spiritual healers and the natural world, she gained clarity and resolved to find full recovery.

Through the acceptance of her paternal family, and the support of the people in their community, she had profound insight into her emotional inner world. On her return to the UK, she began taking kundalini yoga classes and discovered great internal strength. This was the start of an enduring transformation for Shaura.

In time, Shaura trained as a Kundalini Yoga teacher and eventually taught in an alcohol recovery clinic. Thereafter, she trained as an addictions recovery coach. The two parallel interests merged when she found the Minded Institute’s professional training; the practices that she experienced as effective, were now supported by an evidence-based understanding. This culmination of training has strengthened her effectiveness in working with people who are farther behind her on the same road to recovery.

Encouraged by Heather, Shaura designed Yoga Therapy + Mindfulness for Addictions to help other teachers and professionals working in addiction recovery. It is innovative in its approaches to healing, underpinned by research and training from Kings College (London) on the addicted brain and the influence of yoga and mindfulness, a particular interest of Shaura’s. And above all else, Shaura’s contagious passion makes this training a joy to be a part of. You will leave armed with the tools to engage in the work, and also with the enthusiasm that has propelled Shaura on this path.

Here is what some participants from our last intake had to say about her experience:

“The most useful 4 days of learning I have ever participated in! The course provides a comprehensive understanding…of how to help people with addiction issues become for present in their bodies and minds.”

“Shaura’s teaching is gentle and kind, and above all, she is extremely knowledgeable, addressing the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual aspects of both addiction and yoga + mindfulness practices. The handbook is really useful and clearly outlines how to provide and structure a programme to support people in recovery. As a result of completing the course, I have been able to confidently begin a class working with people in recovery and I feel well supported by Shaura and the Minded Institute.”


Yoga Therapy + Mindfulness for Addiction, 4-day training

With Shaura Hall

22-25 January in London

Yoga is a remarkable practice. It builds self-awareness, strength, clarity of mind and resilience and many of its practices can be used as coping mechanisms to overcome personal difficulties.   By clearly understanding how yoga promotes confidence, resilience, and physiological changes, it can be tailored to support people who are addicted to substances and help prevent relapse. Combining specialized yoga practice with mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT – a common psychological approach in addictions treatment) techniques, offers a method of healing that supports the whole person. This approach includes physiology, psychology, and behavior, thus enhancing the likelihood of preventing relapse and overcoming addictions.

In this training you will 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.

Geared towards yoga teachers and professional addiction workers, this training will give you the skills to work from a complete mind-body perspective. 

What we will cover:

  • 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 happen 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 world-view.
  • What mindfulness is & 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 how to be part of a clinical team
  • The promotion of safety
  • The creation of long-term goals and practices for helping the addict to remain substance free

What you will take away:

  • A certificate of attendance and CPD points from the Minded Institute & Yoga Alliance
  • Knowledge of how to teach a 4 -week course developed over four 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


COST*:             £300 (Includes Course Manual)

LOCATION:        West Euston Partnership, NW1 3JA

TIME:                  9AM-6PM daily


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