Yoga for Mental Health Theory & Evidence in Practice
Are you looking to enhance your skills or learn new ways to introduce skills into your yoga teaching or therapy practice? This is the breakthrough masterclass for you.
While yoga alone has demonstrated improvements in mental health for anxiety and depressive symptoms and increasing well-being (Pascoe & Bauer, 2015), from a psychotherapeutic perspective, using yoga and other movement practices to train present moment awareness enhances the natural benefits of yoga but applies them intentionally for clinical benefit. The yoga postures that are trained and demonstrate in this class are those that are found effective and are presented in a way that increases present moment awareness process engagement—mindful movement—to better serve even clients otherwise resistant to mindfulness practices, those looking for novel ways to expand their practice, or clients who struggle to sit still or notice their experience. Along with yoga, more formal mindfulness training and increases in self-compassion all serve to foster connection with the present moment and ultimately long-term improvements in living a meaningful life.
In this masterclass, you will be given the tools to not only integrate varied present moment awareness practices into your sessions, but also conceptually understand them so that you can incorporate these new skills into the work you’re already doing in a way that feels fluid and natural.
At the conclusion of this 1.45-2hour workshop participants will be able to:
- Explain yoga asana, pranayama, meditation, and chanting as the context for discrimination training, discrete trials, and multiple exemplar training.
- Demonstrate the central discrimination tasks of (1) improved functioning and (2) changing context with a relevant yoga asana, pranayama, meditation, and chanting practice.
About The Instructor:
Timothy Gordon, MSW, RSW
Timothy Gordon is an award winning author, social worker and peer-reviewed ACT trainer. He specializes in treating attachment and trauma related disorders.
Tim is also a yoga teacher who integrates movement and yoga practices into his work.
He has worked in research on grant funded projects and in applied settings, including Canada's Parliament.
Currently Tim divides his time between an independent practice where he carries a full time caseload and teaching.
Tim is passionate about empowering people in various settings to integrate acceptance and mindfulness into their work.
**This session was recorded at the Montreal International Symposium on Therapeutic Yoga (MISTY) in March of 2019
Course Material included in this course
MISTY: Yoga Theory and Evidence in Practice
1. Introduction. pt I
2. Introduction. pt 2
3. Sutras: Theory & Application
4. Yoga & Mindfulness
5. Assessment Tools
6. Values & Context of Choice
7. Fundamentals of Behaviour. pt1
8. Fundamentals of Behaviour. pt 2