Yoga Therapy for Mental Health
Therapeutic yoga is a complementary healing modality that addresses the physical, emotional, mental, energetic, and spiritual realms of the human experience.
Yoga for Mental Health introduces holistic yoga techniques and practices that promote self-awareness, embodiment, self-regulation, resiliency, and safety, in a way that allows practitioners to easily implement these practices into integrative and holistic health programs. These practices include, but are not limited to: 8-limb yoga practices, including restorative and therapeutic physical postures, ayurvedic lifestyle habits, breathing exercises, mindful meditation, focus techniques, somatic expressive movement, and art.
Students will learn what trauma-informed/trauma-sensitive yoga is and why this matters when working with specific populations in group or one-on-one sessions and classes. Key concepts from the philosophy of classic yoga texts and sources will be introduced, as well as practical techniques that are effective toward creating homeostasis across many systems of the body.
Students will gain a deep understanding and working knowledge of anatomy, physiology and current research of the brain, nervous system, enteric nervous system, vagus innervation, as well as practices that enhance and invigorate the gut, heart, and brain connection. We will address common mental, emotional, energetic and biological imbalances such as: anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, PTSD, insomnia, addiction, and lifestyle and cultural stress. Students in this course will learn common diagnoses, medications, and typical treatments from the current medical and mental health systems.
Practitioners will gain not only practical knowledge of these extensive practices but also a deeper understanding and mastery of the creation and maintenance of a yogic therapeutic alliance, based on equanimity and celebration of each of us as sacred beings.
January 8th - 10th
9:00 AM- 3:00 PM
January 22nd - 24th
9:00 AM- 3:00 PM
- This is a required course used toward completion of our Level III Advanced Holistic Yoga Therapy coursework. Save money by registering in our Holistic Yoga Therapy program.
General Attendance (workshop only)
Holistic Yoga Therapy Specialized Certification
Three Ways to Attend
For over 20 years, Joy Ravelli has led workshops, retreats, and yoga teacher trainings. Joy is the co-owner and founder of Purusha Studio and School in San Francisco, CA. She is also the founder of the Purusha Seva Project, a non profit organization that brings powerful yoga practices to underserved and at-risk populations throughout the Bay Area and the world. Joy has a master-level of experience and knowledge in the fields of natural fitness, somatic movement, thai yoga bodywork, martial arts, pilates, and classic yoga. She enjoys meditating and practicing with diverse people, places, animals, children and nature, while celebrating all the connected magic in this world.
Rachel is an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist, Yoga Instructor and Educator in the Bay Area. With an eclectic background in creative arts, dance, psychology, and yoga Rachel facilitates expressive practices that incorporate somatic movement, reflection, and creativity providing an opportunity for healing and growth. Rachel is passionate about helping individuals to realize their strength, resiliency, and trust in themselves to guide them in making healthier life choices, increasing their capacity for joy and love in their lives. Rachel has practiced, studied, and taught various styles of yoga in Los Angeles, Thailand, Morocco, and her home base in San Francisco where she specializes in trauma-informed/sensitive yoga and small group settings.
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