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Yoga Skills for Mental and Emotional Wellness

  • YogaLife Institute 860 E. Swedesford Road Wayne PA 19087 (map)

This weekend training will utilize the yogic lens of the Koshas as a holistic diagnostic, treatment, and self-care model. The koshas are 5 layers of being and can be conceptualized as nesting dolls. The layers, or sheaths of the body, are the Physical Kosha, Breath/Energetic Kosha, Mind/Emotions Kosha, Wisdom & Intellect Kosha, and Bliss, Spirit, & Higher Self Kosha. Each layer lies within the next and what happens within one layer impacts all 5. This is true for stress, but also for healing. This model can be used to supplement traditional therapy and to prevent burn-out in providers.

I have the pleasure and honor of presenting at this excellent training for mental health practitioners (therapists, case managers, yoga teachers, coaches, caregivers, etc.) on Saturday, 4-6 PM, on the imporatance of language and how it relates to the koshas.

Yoga offers many practices to nurture the breath, mind, body, intellect and spirit of a caregiver. By attending this trainings, participants will be able to easily determine each individual’s needs for healing and growth on every level of being, learn tools within each of the 5 Koshas that can be implemented immediately in session, and understand how to pick and choose exercises that benefit one or more of the Kosha/s directly, knowing that it will positively impact the entire system. This experiential full weekend training includes evidence-based mind-body practices such as meditation, yoga, and therapeutic art for stress reduction, emotional regulation, and burnout prevention. We will also be examining a variety of case studies through group work and facilitated discussion to better illustrate the concept of the Koshas in action.

While this training is geared towards mental health practitioners (therapists, case managers, yoga teachers, coaches, caregivers, etc.) interested in bringing yoga practices into session, anyone else who wants to learn how to use yoga to balance and regulate their emotions is welcome!

No formal yoga training is necessary. A basic understanding of common mental health diagnoses is expected (i.e. anxiety, depression, trauma). We recommend you dress to move and bring a journal or notebook to write in.

By attending and participating in the entire training participants will be able to:
* Name the 5 Koshas and at least 1 practice within each Kosha
* Match which yoga practices learned over the course of the training are the most appropriate for commonly seen mental health diagnoses (anxiety, depression, etc.)
* Reiterate the ethics of using yoga in session
* Utilize tools from yoga as therapeutic interventions for emotional regulation with their clients in sessions
* Practice yoga asana, meditation, breathing, journaling, and therapeutic art for their own emotional regulation, stress reduction, and burnout preventative care
* Explain the importance of self-care as an ethical obligation to clients
* Create a personalized self-care regimen based on their unique strengths and needs

Schedule: Friday 6-9 pm, Saturday 9-6pm, Sun 9-5pm
Fees: $375, Paid at Registration
Yoga Alliance CEUs for Yoga Teachers & IAYT CEUs available for Yoga Therapists.

18 CEUs for Social Workers, MFTs, and LPCs in PA and Social Workers in NJ, $15 Additional Cost for CEUs- payable by cash or check on the day of the event. 

For Pennsylvania Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors: This program is approved for up to 18 credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for up to 18 credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).

FOR NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS: This program is approved for up to 18 clinical credits. Attendance at programs or courses given at state and national social work association conferences, where the criteria for membership is an academic degree in social work, are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4).