3 Reasons Not to Miss this Conference

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The Minded Institute (MI) has teamed up with like-minded organizations and companies in the UK and Europe to offer Yoga and Health: Research and Practice, a 3-day conference in April.   This event brings together yoga teachers & therapists, health professionals and yoga researchers to share and learn about the broader implications of yoga practice in treating and managing a variety of diseases and illnesses. Heather Mason, founder and director of MI, discusses the upcoming conference in an article for Yoga for Health (excerpts included in italics).  Here are some reasons you should join:

  1. Get ‘in the know’ so you can be an informed player in the transition to yoga as medicine. People are stressed out and it’s making them sick!  Physical and mental health issues have a strong link with stress and reducing stress can be curative.  Yoga is an inexpensive and effective way to offer your patients and clients a long-term solution – and the research out there proves it.

“Chronic Stress is highly toxic: it leads to the constant release of hormones and neurotransmitters that are only supposed to be released in high quantities on occasion when we are actually threatened and need to fend for our life. The continual release of stress chemicals, which occurs when we are always anxious, sad, or hyper-vigilant, has deleterious effect on the systems of the body. They raise blood pressure, tax cells, inhibit the growth of new neurons, prevent proper uptake of sugar by cells, and cause the up-regulation genes that code for chronic diseases. 

The search for ways to reduce stress is becoming part of the health care agenda, not just among doctors, but also within national healthcare systems that believe it may reduce spending.  Governments are hungry for programs, which are efficacious, cost-effective, and simple to teach and practice.  For example, the Ornish program in the US, which combines stress management, yoga, nutritional guidelines and yoga is now covered by Medicare as it’s proven an effective and inexpensive way to reverse heart disease.”

  1. The results are in! Yoga research studies are on the rise and the results will fascinate you. You’ll hear researchers present their findings, learn practical ways to apply yoga to your clients and students and have the opportunity join up with others in your field to share ideas.

“In the last 10 years there has been an explosion in the yoga research field.  In 2013 there were over 350 published research articles that looked at yoga, compared with just 160 studies six years ago, and fewer than 50 in 2001.  Research is revealing the yoga can lower blood pressure, reduce stress, insulin resistance and depression. It shows that yoga can improve the quality of life in those being treated for cancer, increased levels of neurotransmitters promote calm and ease, while also enhancing cognitive, academic and physical performance.”

  1. Yoga is ‘en vogue’ – your clients and patients are unlikely to turn down your recommendation to give it a try. This conference will give you a deeper understanding – from a physical, physiological and neurological evidence-based perspective – of what practices will help or exacerbate their health issues.

“Due to the combination of burgeoning research and public interest in yoga, more and more people are heading to classes as a way to improve health.  A survey of complementary therapies listed yoga as on the three most popular interventions chosen by patients.  As head of the Minded Institute, I speak to a lots of doctors who are interesting in yoga and want their patients to practice…At the same time, I am struck by how few doctors understand which yoga practices benefit which clinical populations and why yoga is curative.

[T]o increase the number of people who are suffering and who could benefit from yoga, it is important that doctors, yoga teachers, and yoga practitioners start to understand which practices benefit which populations.  By gaining an understanding of the physiological mechanisms that underpin different yoga practices, teacher and doctors and extend the reach of their work. Knowing how yoga practices impact on our health allows healer to align physiological needs of certain clinical populations with what yoga can do.”

We hope you’ll accept our invitation to take part in three days of interactive learning, 4th – 6th April in London.    What you will find, at-a-glance:

“The Minded Institute, Confer, Yogacampus, Mediyoga, the BCYT, IAYT, and special yoga have teamed up to create a conference on Mind-Body Health where doctors, yoga teachers and yoga therapists can learn about its benefits from leading researchers…18 doctors and researchers will discuss their research with different clinical populations at this international gathering in London in April. Also, leading yoga therapists will offer skills training workshops in how to use yoga with different clinical populations. We will be looking at everything from cancer to heart disease, diabetes to depression.”

For all the details, including the when + where and information about collaborators and presenters, please click here.


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