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Yoga, the Brain, and Mental Health

For yoga teachers, yoga therapists, and mental-health professionals.

Yoga can be used with clinical mental-health populations in ways that are both compassionate and evidence-based. This yoga therapy workshop, integrating contemporary medicine and ancient yoga practices, teaches

  • The psychology and neurology of anxiety and depression
  • How yoga practice alters brain function and structure
  • The physiological basis for the benefits of yoga and how they can inform yoga therapy protocol
  • Safety, boundaries, precautions, and client assessment skills
  • Daily yoga practices targeted to improve mental health, including breathing techniques, poses, body scanning, guided relaxation, and meditation.

This training includes practice-teaching sessions and case solution exercises to determine what yoga techniques would be most effective and appropriate for an individual’s specific needs.

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
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All Yoga


Heather Mason, RYT 500, MA, is trained in MBCT and neuroscience. She is founder of the Minded Institute, an organization that develops and...

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Nancy Sinton is a yoga therapist, yoga educator, and yoga teacher. She is founder of Breathlink Yoga Therapy and graduate of the Minded Institute in London....

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