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Mental Health, Yoga, and the Mind

  • Gathered and Grounded 533 West Howard Avenue Decatur, GA, 30030 United States (map)

Living with mental health challenges can cause mild to severe impairments in day to day functioning. A mental health challenge can include depression, anxiety, psychosis, addiction, trauma, among others. In the United States alone, 1 in 5 adults experience the detrimental effects of mental illness. Only 41% of those with a mental illness will seek treatment due to stigma and lack of accessibility to services.

We currently have an overwhelming amount of research and evidence that supports the efficacy of yoga as a tool to alleviate the symptoms of mental illness, as well as supporting healthier lifestyles, leading to an optimal quality of life.

This clinic is designed to provide yoga professionals and holistic healthcare providers with the foundational knowledge and awareness to support students and clients living with mental health challenges. This course is not intended to be a substitute for a formal therapy training program, however it will provide you with basic tools and information to enhance the services you are already providing.

The clinic will include an overview of the following:
Mental Illness Through the lens of Western Psychology:
Depression
Anxiety
Trauma
Addiction
Psychosis
Yoga Psychology
The Gunas
Koshas
The Koshas
Samskaras
Non-dualism
Yogic Skills and Practices
Evidence Based Research
Assessment versus Diagnosis
Asana
Pranayama
Meditation
Contraindications
Basic Mental Health First Aid

This course is open to yoga teachers, yoga therapists, and allied healthcare providers.
4 Yoga Alliance CEUs are available
4 IAYT CEUS are pending