DescriptionYoga has been shown to reduce cortisol levels, depression, disordered eating, PTSD symptoms, chronic pain and insomnia. It can also increase mindfulness, immune function, energy levels, and an overall sense of well-being. A history of the yoga tradition and its evolution in the United States will be reviewed to provide insight into yoga’s key theoretical principles and its relationship with behavioral health theory and practice. Moving from theory to application, participants will learn the neuroscientific underpinnings of the physiological and psychological connection between yoga and mental health. Research and skills to support the application of yoga across the spectrum of behavioral health care (treatment, aftercare, prevention and health promotion) will be presented. Participants will learn how to implement accessible Subtle® Yoga techniques including postures, breathing, and meditation. Case studies on incorporating yoga into behavioral health will provide details on the practicalities of integration.
Subtle® Yoga is an exceptionally adaptable approach to yoga practice which is person centered and can be tailored to clients with differing abilities. It fosters the development of attention and mindfulness, and promotes spiritual development in the context of any belief system. Please wear comfortable clothes to move in and dress in layers. You are welcome to bring a yoga mat.
Mental health professionals including substance abuse counselors, social workers, psychologists, counselors, marriage and family therapists, school counselors and other professionals interested in this subject.
- Describe the historical and cultural context of yoga as complementary to the behavioral health profession.
- Explain the scope and depth of yoga practice from a public health perspective.
- List key tenets of how the basic neuroscience of how yoga promotes mental health and recovery.
- Demonstrate at least five Subtle® Yoga techniques which may be applied as clinical interventions.