We are hiring!

Recruiting Experienced Administrative Assistant for Part-time position

From July 2015

Position:        Administrative Assistant

Hours:            20 per month, with possibility for more

Pay Rate:      £12-15 p/h, commensurate with experience

Location:       Mostly from home, with some errands in London

The innovative Minded Institute is recruiting a part-time Administrative Assistant to support its founder and director in the day-to-day activities of Yoga Therapy professional training courses, general admin, and promotions. The ideal candidate has an interest, practice or training in yoga, is highly organized and an excellent communicator. The candidate must have comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft Word and Google Docs (especially spreadsheets + sharing), social media sites, excellent communication skills and strong writing skills.

 Duties include: maintain correspondence with trainees, course lecturers, and service providers (web developers, venue managers, events’ staff); proofread and format course materials; maintain payment records and issue receipts; manage student records for accreditation and tracking; organize venues for events and trainings; prepare orders for printing; conduct some basic and minimal errands within London; provide support at some events within London; other basic admin duties as needed.

 This is a part-time position that can be done from home. The candidate need not be London-based, but will have errands within London one or more times per month.

 Interviews for the position will be taken during early July. The selected candidate must be available to start in July-August.

Send CV and covering letter to Heather Mason: heather.f.mason@gmail.com

Spotlight on Shaura Hall & Yoga Therapy Mindfulness for Addictions, January in London

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.”


ABOUT THE COURSE

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

REGISTRATION

COST*:             £300 (Includes Course Manual)

LOCATION:        West Euston Partnership, NW1 3JA

TIME:                  9AM-6PM daily

REGISTER:        shaura@yogalove.co.uk

YOGA FLASH MOB – 17th Sept in London!

Do Yoga: Life into Balance

Join us for a Yoga Flash Mob in London

17 September at 18:30 at Parliament Square, Westminster

 The Minded Institute is dedicated to bridging the worlds of healthcare and yoga. We run free events, help to arrange conferences and this September we are organizing and awesome flash mob in London so that everyone interested can get involved. The London YOGA FLASH MOB will be held in Parliament Square, Westminster on the 17th September at 18:30. This 20-minute session will raise awareness of the power of yoga, and to draw the attention of those in the medical establishment, and to raise awareness of the pivotal role yoga can play in the delivery of healthcare.

 No yoga mat needed, and we encourage and welcome all levels to join us. Bring yourself + bring your friends. If you aren’t able to join us in London, host your own flash mob where you are and link up with us on facebook to tell us about it, or post a video.

Make sure to visit our facebook page to know exactly where we are meeting:

http://www.facebook.com/yogaflashmoblondonsept17

New studies are emerging all the time showing scientific evidence of the effects yoga has on wellbeing. If you are a practitioner, you probably know this from your own experience. Wondering why scientific evidence is important when the experience speaks volumes of the power of yoga? These studies are creating bridges between what we know experientially, and what the medical model can use to begin justifying the use of yoga and mindfulness in the treatment of physical and mental health conditions. Practicing yoga in front of one of London’s most prominent hospitals will draw the attention of health practitioners and the general public as well. Our message – Do Yoga: Bring Life into Balance – can then be expounded upon through our neuroscientific understanding of yoga.

It is the mission of the Minded Institute to bring attention to the way yoga can be an effective treatment or complementary treatment for medical conditions. This very important work can transform the way we approach physical and mental illness. We hope you can join us to raise awareness for the benefit of all!

http://www.facebook.com/yogaflashmoblondonsept17

 

 

Train with us!

Join us to train with the next wave of Minded Yoga Therapists!

There is a lot happening at the Minded Institute these days! We are about to have a new group of yoga therapist graduates!  They’ve worked very hard over the past 18 months, and it’s wonderful to see them all blossoming and preparing to take their skills into the world.  We know that these graduates, following in the footsteps of previous graduates, will come to have an impact on how mental and physical health issues are treated more holistically and compassionately.  We are very proud of their efforts and wish them well!

Just as we say farewell to the current group, we are preparing to welcome a new group of training yoga therapists. This all kicks off in September, and we invite you to be part of this next wave of Minded Yoga Therapists!  We only have a few spaces left, so if you feel this calling to you, please be in touch to take the steps to get on board with us.

The Minded Institute offers a unique 500-hour professional training for yoga teachers, healthcare works, and therapists, in mind-body therapies to work with clinical populations. We provide one of the most comprehensive trainings of this nature in the world, packed with cutting edge research, a deep understanding of the psycho-biology of stress, the relationship between physical and mental states, and how to employ yogic and mindfulness techniques that are tailored to meet the needs of a vast array of patient populations – from an evidence-based perspective.

 This course is right for you if:

  • You are a yoga teacher who feels you can offer your clients a more integrated approach to yoga for mental health issues.
  • You are a therapist who knows the power of mind-body practices and wants to know to bring them to your practice in an evidence-based way. 
  • You are interested in the emerging role of neuroscience, mind-body techniques and mental health.

There are limited spaces left, so get in touch soon to book your place!

With: Heather Mason, Minded Institute faculty + expert guest lecturers

When: September 2014 – March 2016

Where: London

Register: email@themindedinstitute.com

Click here for details, including course dates and a full prospectus.

Want to learn more?  

We will hold a FREE taster day on 31st August in London, if there are still spaces available by then! This will include:

  • A morning practice for reducing anxiety, with clarity about the mechanisms around the practice
  • A lecture on yoga and neuroscience
  • Time to network and share with like-minded peers
  • Information about our training and how you can apply.
  • Question + Answer session

 Date:               31st August 2014

Time:              10am-5pm

Cost:               Free

Where:            Near Euston Station. You will receive address upon RSVPing.

RSVP:             email@themindedinstitute.com 

Here’s what our graduates are saying:

“They say that when the student is ready, the teacher appears.  I did not know that I was destined to do more intensive training after my British Wheel of Yoga Diploma and my busy schedule as a British Airways Purser and Yoga teacher as well as a family to care for.  How was I going to fit it in?  If I had thought of all the reasons why I could not do this course, I would never have embarked on it.  So, thank God, I did not think about it too much and signed up with a strong sense that I would learn much about yoga and myself during the next 18 months.  I was not wrong.  Heather Mason and her team have done an incredible job providing a professional, informative, life-changing and practical course, which has given me the tools and confidence to take my teaching to the next level.  I always knew that yoga worked because of the transformative effects it has had on my life, but now I know WHY it has had these effects.  I cannot thank Heather enough for her dedication, hard work and vision in bringing this course to the world.  It was tough and I likened it to climbing a mountain but now I’m at the summit I feel I have gained all the knowledge I need to go out into the world and bring yoga therapy to those who need it”.  

Erin Lewis, Minded Yoga Therapist (2014)

“I feel very lucky to be working in this field, especially at this time, as there’s such a groundswell of interest in yoga and mindfulness for mental health. In my experience, clinicians are becoming more and more open to these approaches and for me it’s very exciting to be part of something so cutting edge.”

Veena Ugargol, Minded Yoga Therapist (2010) + Psychology & Neuroscience Researcher

“I feel really lucky to be able to deliver yoga therapy as part of my work within the NHS.  It’s such a joy to watch the young women I work with start to reconnect with, and explore their bodies. The movement aspect of yoga offers a ‘way in’ to mindfulness for them at a time in their lives when they are incredibly stressed, as well as offering a new, kinder way of relating to their bodies.  Within the field of Eating Disorders treatment there is growing interest in what yoga may have to offer, so it’s an exciting time!”

Dr. Sam Bottrill, Senior Clinical Psychologist with Eating Disorders Speciality + Minded Yoga Therapist (2010)

We hope you will join us on this journey to revolutionizing health care. And if the professional training isn’t right for you, please check out our innovative and unique short trainings on our website: www.themindedinstitute.com. It is an exciting time in health care delivery, as we see increasing acceptance of yoga as a path to healing. Join us. 

Yoga Therapy + Mindfulness for Addictions

With Shaura Hall + Heather Mason

12-15 June 2014 in London!

Addiction is a complex condition that affects all areas of life – not just for addicts, but also for the people around them. Clinically, it is characterized by a loss of control over drug use as indicated by continued use despite negative consequences (APA, 2000). And in the emerging neurobiological framework, addiction is seen, in part, as a chronic relapsing disease of the brain. Many methods are employed to help addicts into recovery, both in outpatient and in-patient settings. Yoga Therapy and Mindfulness is an innovative and effective way to support addicts in recovery.

Shaura Hall, lecturer with the Minded Institute, is an addiction recovery coach and Minded Yoga Therapist. She has been integrating yoga and relaxation techniques into residential and drop-in clinic settings for many years, and has seen first-hand the benefits for addicts. She will be co-teaching a 4 day Yoga Therapy and Mindfulness for Addictions course with Heather Mason, MI founder and director, 12-15 June in London.

I interviewed Shaura to learn about the benefits of Yoga Therapy and Mindfulness for addictions, her upcoming course, and why you should be there!

EB: How is yoga used to treat addiction? (Including asana, breath work, chanting, and other practices.)

SH: The Minded Addiction Recovery Kit (MARK) is a protocol developed specifically for individuals in recovery.  We have created an effective program that leans heavily on current scientific understanding of what happens to the brain in addiction and which aspects of yoga are likely to be effective from this perspective.  With this in mind, our yoga practice is designed to be palatable for all and does not outwardly include any philosophy or religious connotations.  However, we thread the practice with themes taken from various contemplative traditions to induce compassion for self.  

We use practices from the yoga tradition to help people develop concentration skills and confidence in their ability to achieve.  Yoga is not a competitive sport, but it does require commitment and produces results pretty quickly for the practitioner.  Therefore, when individuals in recovery attend a short course they are able to see improvement in concentration, body flexibility and relaxation week-by-week.  This allows them to feel proud, which is a significantly positive emotion for people in this setting.  

In addition, the wandering mind has been paying attention to the body and breath for around 90 minutes, which gives it a rest from otherwise chronic and ruminative worry.

Minded Yoga recognises the importance of CBT based practices and focuses much of its work on bringing people to the best place to embark on this popular intervention.

EB: Why does ‘getting into the body’ help addicts in recovery?

SH: When experience is uncomfortable or threatening individuals often dissociate from the body as a coping mechanism.  However, our body holds many of the cues and clues for decoding the world around us. Furthermore, we can use our body to calm our whole system and then our mind. Thus, it’s really important for individuals in recovery to be able to use the body as a tool to manage adverse mental patterns.  

EB: What aspects of mindfulness help addicts overcome addiction?

SH: Mindfulness is a very powerful tool for re-parenting the mind and brain.  By observing our reactions to the world around us, we are more able to take a deep breath before reacting. This has the potential to give us a deeper understanding about what drives our individual addiction.  In addition, body-based mindfulness and mindful enquiry are effective practices to develop sensitivity in the body, which provides clues to when urges are programmed to arise.  

EB: At what point would you introduce YT + M into a treatment plan?

SH: I have used yoga and relaxation techniques extensively in residential settings and drop-in centres, with individuals at all stages of their recovery.  I would say it can be used when people are still trying to quit and onwards.  Of course, the response they have to yoga depends on where they are in treatment. I have known people try it a couple of times and contact me two years later to take it up again.  I feel that if the seed is planted, they have an option to aid their recovery when the time is right.  Additionally, the community spirit forged in a yoga group is really important in recovery settings.   

EB: What kind of responses have you had from people you’ve worked with in addiction recovery when you’ve used Yoga Therapy + Mindfulness?

SH: In the initial stages they are really happy that they have managed to calm down enough to experience relaxation.  Individuals can often get excited when their awareness moves out of the head and into the body and from there they begin to notice many things they would have previously ignored.  In the end, the general theme of the feedback is around knowing what to do with the body and breath to calm down once activated.  Many people have said that the yoga and relaxation sessions have been key to their understanding of self and to the success of further treatment in clinic, such as CBT interventions.  

EB: How is Yoga Therapy + Mindfulness received by medical folks who work with more conventional treatment modalities?

SH: At present, most of the medical community is still reluctant to trust alternative treatments. This is unfortunate because the condition is complex and needs to be approached from a whole person perspective.   However, my ability to relate to the conventional medical community through my comprehensive understanding of the medical science surrounding addiction and the relationship between yoga and neuroscience, I able to effectively express the benefits of yoga as therapy.  In 2012 I presented to the NHS for a grant to deliver yoga therapy and after a 30-minute presentation I was awarded the funding. From the questions they asked me and through subsequent feedback, it was clear that they hadn’t expected to award a grant for such a program! One of the great benefits of the Minded Institute courses is that you are fully armed with a language and knowledge that helps bridge a gap between the medical community and the yoga community.

EB: Who would benefit from taking this short course?

SH: We have developed this course to allow yoga teachers and experienced sessional workers to deliver an effective mind/body practice in clinic and private sessions.  We believe that to spread wellness, we must reach out to the community and empower people with practices that will work for this complex condition.  ANYONE with an interest in contemplative practices and desire to help people heal from addiction will benefit from this course.  

EB: What about entry criteria – who can take the course?

SH: The course is open to anyone, including addicts, treatment workers, yoga teachers, yoga therapists and mental health workers.  However, individuals who have been in recovery for under two years must have a conversation with me to ensure the course is an appropriate fit for them.  

For details on this course, and our other offerings at the Minded Institute, click here to visit our website.

LET’S SHARE + COLLABORATE TO BRING YOGA INTO HEALTH CARE!

Join us on the 25th June in London!

The recent Yoga and Health: Research and Practice conference was attended by yoga teachers + therapists, mental health + medical workers, all committed to making yoga therapy a more common practice in the treatment of disease, injury and mental health issues. This community will be gathering once again on the 25th of June to develop action plans for bringing yoga to the NHS, including getting yoga into the NICE guidelines, and you’re invited! (See below for details.)

A recent epidemiological study  revealed that yoga is on the rise in the UK, which bodes well for bringing yoga to the masses, both for the general population, and those with health issues. Moreover, yoga research has increased significantly, providing a wealth of information for the medical community to work with. As evidenced at the conference, yoga researchers from around the world are dedicating their time to discovering the implications of yoga and meditation on health and wellbeing. They are providing a body of evidence to prove what has been recognized experientially for centuries. And as for bringing yoga to the medical world on a large scale, Dr. Dean Ornish’s program (USA) for reversing heart disease, which includes yoga and meditation, is now covered by Medicare! On a smaller scale with lots of potential for growth, there are individuals in the UK who have brought yoga and mindfulness programs to various NHS trusts with great success. From these examples, we hope to transform the way yoga partners with medical care in the UK moving forward.

On the 25th of June we will join together to continue the conversation about bringing yoga into health care and the NHS. The day will include a panel discussion with practitioners who have brought yoga and related programs to the NHS, as well as presentations by the top yoga researchers in the UK. Additionally, participants will work in groups according to subject interest (e.g. heart disease, anxiety, etc.) to develop action plans to bring yoga to the NHS.

When: 25th June, 10am – 5pm
Where: Diorama Arts Centre, N. London
Register: email@themindedinstitute.com
Cost: 17 pounds* (*This is a non-profit event. Fee covers room hire and transportation costs for presenting researchers.)
Please note: Pre-registration and payment required.

If the meeting on the 25th is not your thing, join us for another of our educational offerings this year! We have an abundance of opportunities throughout the year to become involved in this revolution in yoga and in health care:

Yoga Therapy + Mindfulness for Addictions 4-day Course: 12th – 15th June 2014

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.

With: Shaura Hall and Heather Mason
When: 12th – 15th June, 9am – 6pm daily
Where: Diorama Arts Centre, N. London
Register: shaura@yogalove.co.uk
Click here for more information.

Please note: Due to popular demand, Shaura will be offering this training in the North of England in September. Details forthcoming. Email Shaura if you are interested.

Minded Yoga Therapy Professional Training taster day in late June

Date + venue will be announced shortly.
Register your interest now: email@themindedinstitute.com

Read a recent blog post to learn about the taster day format!

 Minded Yoga Therapy Professional Training: from September 2014

The Minded Institute offers a unique 500-hour professional training for yoga teachers, healthcare works, and therapists, in mind-body therapies to work with clinical populations. We provide one of the most comprehensive trainings of this nature in the world, packed with cutting edge research, a deep understanding of the psycho-biology of stress, the relationship between physical and mental states, and how to employ yogic and mindfulness techniques that are tailored to meet the needs of a vast array of patient populations – from an evidence-based perspective.

If you are a yoga teacher who wants to offer your clients a more integrated approach to yoga for mental health issues, a therapist who knows the power of mind-body practices and wants to bring them to your practice in an evidence-based way or are interested in the emerging role of neuroscience, mind-body techniques and mental health, our training may be exactly what you are looking for.

There is limited space left, so get in touch soon to book your place!

With: Heather Mason, Minded Institute faculty + expert guest lecturers
When: September 2014 – March 2016
Where: London
Register: email@themindedinstitute.com

Click here for details, including course dates and a full prospectus.

Yoga Therapy + Mindfulness for Anxiety Disorders: 29th October – 2nd November 2014

Details forthcoming

Yoga Therapy for Eating Disorders: 27th – 30th November 2014

There is a growing interest in, and mounting evidence for, the use of yoga and other mindfulness based approaches in recovery from Eating Disorders. Many US residential programs now feature yoga classes as a part of their therapy program and this is gradually beginning to catch on in the UK too. Geared towards yoga teachers and mental health professionals, this training will enable you to use yoga therapeutically with people recovering from Eating Disorders.

With: Dr. Sam Bottrill + Piriamvada
When: 27th – 30th November 2014
Where: Diorama Arts Centre, N London
Register: email@themindedinstitute.com

Click here for more information.

 

Free Taster Day on 13th April – Yoga Therapy for Mental Health Professional Training

Are you curious to know more about our
Yoga Therapy for Mental Health Professional Training?

Join us for a FREE Taster Day on Sunday, 13th April
& find out about our next training starting
in September 2014!

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Are you a yoga teacher who feels you can offer your clients a more integrated approach to yoga for mental health issues?

Are you a therapist who knows the power of mind-body practices and wants to know to bring them to your practice in an evidence based way?

Are you interested in the emerging role of neuroscience, mind-body techniques and mental health?

The Minded Institute’s Yoga Therapy for Mental Health Professional Training may be exactly the thing you’re looking for! On 13th April the Minded Institute is offering a taster day so you can get a feel for what the training will offer you, and meet many of the staff. Led by founder and head of faculty, Heather Mason, the day will be experiential, informative and fun.

In short, the taster day will include:

  • A morning practice for reducing anxiety, with clarity about the mechanisms around the practice
  • A lecture on yoga and neuroscience
  • Time to network and share with like-minded peers
  • Information about our training and how you can apply.
  • Question + Answer session

Date:            13th April 2014
Time:              10am-5pm
Cost:                Free
Where:          Near Euston Station. You will receive the address upon RSVPing.
RSVP:          email@themindedinstitute.com
Please note that space is limited so please only come along if you are genuinely interested in training with us.  We are unable to accommodate drop-ins on the day.

 To learn about the course, click here

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A Career in Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy is one of the most exciting mind-body fields today. Yoga is increasingly reputed as a complementary and alternative therapy for many health problems.  The NHS recommends yoga for mental and physical health, citing a number of its benefits on its website, and 6% of doctors in the USA are recommending yoga to their patients to improve health and wellbeing.

There is a growing body of research to support experiential findings about the multitude of health benefits of yoga practise, particularly its capacity to maintain physical and mental wellbeing. For example, a 2008 survey indicated that stress is the number one reason people practiced yoga therapeutically. Most of this research evidences the benefit of yoga for mental health conditions, therefore yoga therapists with a specialization in mental health are in higher demand than ever.  With this increasing demand, there is an opportunity to be an innovator and pioneer in the field.  Join us and join the revolution!

Minded Yoga Therapists are: 

  • Empowered by scientific knowledge around yoga and its effects of mental and physical health, through understanding the clinical and evidence base for how and why these practices work.
  • Trained to work compassionately and intuitively with clients, using a person-centered approach
  • Offering sound, safe and bespoke practices to clients who present with physical and mental health issues.
  • Teaching classes + courses to groups of people dealing with stress, anxiety and depression – a growing population.
  • Engaging with yoga therapy in a variety of ways, from liaising with medical professionals and the NHS to develop more holistic models for addressing mental health issues to starting their own yoga therapy practice.
  • Integrating therapeutic yoga practices into their existing work with clinical populations in the fields of psychotherapy, psychology, CBT and other modalities of therapy.
  • Developing the potential for healing in their personal practice.
  • Pioneers in the field of yoga therapy, offering innovative practices and developing new ways of working with clients to aid in the healing process.

Read about what our graduates have been up to since becoming Minded Yoga Therapists

 VeenaVeena Ugargol is Yoga Therapist for Mental Health, Yoga Teacher + has academic experience in Psychology + Neuroscience. She delivers the Yoga Therapy for the Mind 8 week course for stress, anxiety and depression at the School of Life and triyoga, and works privately with clients on a one-to-one basis. She also teaches yoga and mindfulness within the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust in the Anxiety Disorders Residential Unit, where she is also an assistant therapist, Snowsfields Adolescent Unit and Lambeth Triage. She says:

“As a yoga therapist for mental health, I use yoga and mindfulness practises to help people manage symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). I’m really pleased with the response to the work that I do within the NHS. . .It’s not unusual for people approaching discharge to ask me for tools and support to enable them to continue their practise; to know that they’ve found something that helps them self manage, well that makes me very happy indeed.

I feel very lucky to be working in this field, especially at this time, as there’s such a groundswell of interest in yoga and mindfulness for mental health. As a researcher I’m enthused to see so much investment in good quality research in yoga and mindfulness, though yoga’s quite a bit behind mindfulness, but it’s catching up. In my experience, clinicians are becoming more and more open to these approaches and for me it’s very exciting to be part of something so cutting edge, and whilst I look forward to its continued growth I’m very much enjoying the journey.” 

Sam BottrillDr Sam Bottrill is a qualified yoga teacher (Yoga Alliance accredited), Yoga Therapist for Mental Health and Senior Clinical Psychologist specializing in Eating Disorders.  She lectures and supervises on the Minded Institute professional training and runs Yoga Therapy for the Mind 8-week courses in North and Central London.

Sam trained as a clinical psychologist at University College London in 2005 and now works at the world-renowned Child and Adolescent Eating Disorder Service at the Maudsley Hospital.  Inspired by her own experience of the benefits of yoga to mental wellbeing and a growing awareness of the inextricable link between mind and body, she completed her initial teacher training with Yogi Vishvektu at the Anand Prakash Ashram in Rishikesh (India) at the beginning of 2010.  She went on to train with Heather Mason in order to specialize in Yoga Therapy for Mental Health and now teaches Minded Institute inspired yoga and mindfulness to teenagers with Eating Disorders within the NHS.  Her specialist academic interest is the role of yoga and mindfulness practices within the treatment of Eating Disorders.  She says:

“I feel really lucky to be able to deliver yoga therapy as part of my work within the NHS.  It’s such a joy to watch the young women I work with start to reconnect with, and explore their bodies. The movement aspect of yoga offers a ‘way in’ to mindfulness for them at a time in their lives when they are incredibly stressed, as well as offering a new, kinder way of relating to their bodies.  Within the field of Eating Disorders treatment there is growing interest in what yoga may have to offer, so it’s an exciting time!”

Kay_Locke-yoga_teacherKay Locke is a Yoga Therapist for Mental Health and Special Needs, based in Manchester.  In addition to completing the Minded Yoga Therapy Professional Training with the Minded Institute, Kat has a PGC in Autism from Sheffield Hallam University, along with numerous other postgraduate trainings to support her interest in working with individuals impacted by disability.  She teaches yoga and mindfulness sessions at Wythenshawe Hospital Mental Health Unit in Manchester, covering four wards a week, including the Intensive Care Unit.  She also offers small group and individual therapy sessions, including the Minded Yoga 8-week course.  Kay also provides services for the Stockport Local Authority and local charities, including weekly mindfulness and movement sessions for children and families impacted by ASC and adults with special needs, and leads relaxation and mindfulness classes for carers.  Kay says:

“Working as a yoga therapist supporting a wide range of people to relive symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression is very rewarding. Many clients repeatedly explain that taking part in the 8-week Minded Yoga course far exceeds their expectations, and the positive outcomes are life-changing – even their friends and family have witnessed positive change!  Many clients recognize their new found skills and quickly develop a commitment to continue their yoga and mindfulness practices.”

elizabeth-bourdonElizabeth Bourdon is a Yoga Therapist for Mental Health and a Yoga Teacher.  Based in Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire, Elizabeth teaches the Yoga for the Mind 8 week course independently, as well as seeing clients privately on a one-to one basis using the Yoga Therapy for the Mind model.

“For me, one of the most rewarding parts of my job is when a client comes back after a session and says, ‘I practised that breathing thing you taught me last week when I got stressed, and it really worked!’ That’s priceless. How such a simple technique can have a huge impact on someone’s life never fails to put a smile on my a face, and makes me feel very grateful that I am in this line of work.

Last year I began volunteering at my local Mind, teaching a weekly yoga & mindfulness class. Working with Mind has enabled me to gain valuable experience working with a wonderfully diverse group of people. It has also afforded me the opportunity to be in direct contact with other Mental Health professionals and it has opened up many doors for me. Having worked there for a while now I am very excited that Yoga is now being offered as an intervention along with other activities such as Eco-Therapy and Art Therapy. This is excellent news and it now enables me to offer a more robust 6-week course where I can integrate aspects of the Yoga Therapy for the Mind model.

Through working with Mind, I was invited to be a regular panelist on a local radio show last year called ‘Mind Your Head’. The show focused on Wellbeing and Mental Health, aiming to raise awareness, reduce stigma and help people find support. This was not only great fun, but also gave me the opportunity to talk about my passion… Yoga and Mindfulness.”