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Yoga for mental health concepts and application for yoga students and teachers will be explored in this course. Students will learn foundations of emotional and mental health including structure and function of the nervous system and current understandings from neuroscience and psychology. Students will develop language for addressing mental and emotional health concepts in practice from both a western and an eastern perspective. This course will increase students’ confidence in working with concepts related to mental and emotional health and knowledge about how to incorporate these concepts into practice. Students will understand and be able to clearly articulate benefits of yoga and meditation. They will learn and practice basic techniques from a mental/emotional health perspective. Students will learn to modify techniques to accommodate client and group needs. Students will understand through experience the physiological effects of categories of postures: backbends, forward bends and restorative postures and breathing techniques. 

Topics include:

  • The Nervous System: structure and function 
  • Growth mindset and The Relaxation Response 
  • Best self, Brahmaviharas and attunement
  • Obstacles: the kleshas and antarayas 
  • Gunas – energies in nature
  • Doshas – human constitution
  • Vital energy: Prana Vayus
  • Balance: Langhana and Brahmana
  • Doshas, Gunas and seasonal cycles
  • Women’s health and cycles
  • Depression, anxiety and neuroprocessing variations in practice

FRI 2:30-4:30pm September 24, October 8, 15, 22 and 29

SUN September 26 and October 31 10am – 12 noon


Sep 24, 26

Oct 8, 15, 22, 29, 31, 2021


October 31, 2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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