An introduction to yoga and psychotherapy: the science of yoga
A workshop for therapists and yoga teachers with an interest in the body and working somatically.
Therapists will gain an understanding of the clinical benefits of yoga for positive mental health, the impact of yoga on the autonomic nervous system and the importance of safety.
Today yoga, mindfulness and meditation are rapidly growing in popularity and this trend will continue. Scientific research is now able to measure the benefits of these practices and mainstream medical providers are adopting them as treatment for many psychological issues. As therapists, it is important we understand the science behind these decisions and the benefits of yoga for our clients and ourselves.
During the workshop we will explore:
- The history of the body in therapy.
- What is yoga? Understanding yoga as more than a physical practice.
- The Autonomic Nervous System, stress and yoga.
- The Yogic and Eastern perspective on mind-body connections.
- Trauma sensitive yoga and the importance of safety.
- Neuroscience and yoga.
- Our embodied relationship with our clients.
Therapists attending this workshop will take away the following tools for their clinical practice:
- An understanding of the science of yoga and its benefits for positive mental health.
- Yoga breathing techniques and postures for depression and anxiety.
- Practical understanding of Trauma Sensitive Yoga.
- Accessible yoga resources for therapists and clients including reading list, audio and online practices.
On the day of the workshop, wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.
No yoga experience is required to attend this workshop, just an interest in yoga and the body.
This workshop is not designed to qualify participants to be a yoga teacher, yoga therapist or trauma sensitive yoga therapist. Instead, the workshop seeks to provide knowledge and skills to enhance the existing skills of therapists or yoga teachers within their existing scope of practice. Further training and support via supervision or personal therapy is always recommended when integrating new approaches into one’s existing work.
Lorna Evans is an integrative Psychotherapist who works with a primary model of Transactional Analysis. Registered with UKCP & BACP, holding an MSc in Body Awareness & Psychotherapy.