Bridging Yoga and Mental Healthcare
This 5-day course is a state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary continuing education program synthesizing yoga, somatic psychotherapy, and neuroscience research.
Location: Casa San Carlos Retreat Center, Delray Beach, Florida.
Dates: February 24 – March 1, 2019.
Presenters: Suzanne Ludlum, MS, C-IAYT, E-RYT500 and Joann Lutz, MSW, LICSW, C-IAYT, E-RYT.
CEs: 25.5 CE credits offered for psychologists, social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, professional counselors and nurses, yoga therapists, and yoga teachers. This course is also open to caregivers, yoga students, and the general public.
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Complete CE Information:
Program cost*: $1200pp w/shared bath; $850 for commuters.
*Price includes program, all CE’s, meals and accommodations; and program, CE’s, and Sunday dinner for commuters.
Format: Morning yoga practice and program; most afternoons and evenings free.
Welcome evening: February 24th, 6:00-8:30pm
1. Our model: A new synthesis of yoga, neuroscience, and somatic psychotherapy. J
2. The mind of a traumatized/depressed/anxious person from a Western psychological and a yogic perspective. S
B. Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression and Yoga: Physiological foundations.
1 Functioning of Autonomic Nervous System as it impacts symptoms of PTSD, Anxiety and Depression. S
2. Description of ANS disregulation as a result of psychological trauma: the “Window of Tolerance” JS
3.Top-down and bottom-up regulation. S
4. Polyvagal Theory as an underpinning of somatically-oriented psychotherapy. S
5. Other nerves (i.e., cranial) and how to activate a parasympathetic response through them. S
6.Yoga, Psychotherapy, and Interpersonal Neurobiology J
7. Yoga, Psychotherapy, and Neuroplasticity J
8. Recent research on yoga, nervous system regulation, and its effect on psychological trauma. J S
C. Yogic Foundations for the mental health professional.
1Raja Yoga (The Royal Path)J S
2Yoga as Energy Psychology: Subtle Anatomy J
1 hour: Hatha yoga floor sequence practicum and its application to mental health care. S
D. Hatha Yoga as an Adjunct to Psychotherapy.
1. Key Aspects of Practice S
2. Elements of Trauma-Sensitive Yoga S
3. Aspects of yoga which regulate the nervous system S
4. Other Physiological Benefits of Yoga Postures
E. Integrating Interventions from Somatic Psychology with Yoga.
4. Visual and Aural Orientation
5. Social Engagement
8. Core Internal Support
10. Somatic practices to work with the diagnosis Dissociative Identity Disorder.
1 hour: Trauma-Sensitive Chair sequence practicum. J
F. Foundations of Therapeutic Yogic breathing practices as an Adjunct to Psychotherapy. (pranayama).
1.What is Prana?
2. Gross and Subtle Physiology of Pranayama.
3. Learning how to identify subtle breathing patterns that may reveal emotional dysregulation
4. Pranayama practices to regulate and balance prana and improve mental health.
5. Prana & the Nose.
6. The psychotherapeutic use of nostril dominance, from a western medical and yogic perspective.
7. Vagus Nerve Stimulation, mental health, and the breath.
8. Description of Principal Breathing Practices
9. Benefits of Breathing Practices for overcoming PTSD, Anxiety, Depression,
and simple and complex trauma.
1 hour: Hatha yoga and pranayama practicum and its application to mental healthcare. S
G. Yoga Nidra (The yogic sleep) as an Intervention for Psychological Trauma.
1. What is yoga nidra?
2. The Koshas as the Conceptual underpinning of yoga nidra
3. A Comparison of Classic Yoga Nidra and modern therapeutic adaptations, such as iRest, used in military and veteran’s hospitals as a treatment for PTSD.
4. Benefits of Yoga Nidra for nervous system regulation.
H. Meditation as an Intervention for Psychological Trauma.
1. Varieties of meditation.
2. What is a trauma-sensitive meditation?
3. The Medicalization of Meditation: Herbert Benson and Jon Kabat-Zinn
4. Meditation as Cognitive Psychotherapy
5. Meditation on sound to heal emotional trauma.
6. Benefits and precautions of meditation for individuals with PTSD.
1 hour: Yoga nidra practicum and its application to mental healthcare. J
I. Course Review
Case Examples; final questions.
1 hour: iRest Practicum and its application to mental healthcare.
Participants will gain:
1. An overview of the theory and diagnostic features of the diagnoses Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Major Depression, and the proposed diagnosis, simple and complex trauma.
2. An introduction to the functioning of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and its relationship to mental disorders.
3. An in-depth understanding of yogic philosophy and subtle physiology and how it can be used as an adjunct to psychotherapy, with case examples.
4. Knowledge of the physiological benefits of yoga practice for treating PTSD, Anxiety and Depression.
5. Confidence in bringing simple chair yoga postures; mat postures; the 3-part deep breath; yogic relaxation (yoga nidra); and meditation into the psychotherapy individual or group session.
6. Background in principles of Trauma-Sensitive yoga, as developed by Bessel van der Kolk at The Trauma Center in Boston, Ma
7. Background on the key interventions in somatic psychology for psychotherapy. (from the work of Peter Levine and Pat Ogden).
This program is appropriate for: Beginning Level, Intermediate Level, and Advanced Level.
CEs are also available for yoga teachers. The CE approval process is pending for yogs therapists through the IAYT.
For more information, contact Suzanne Ludlum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See full details on our Facebook page: Bridging Yoga Therapy and Mental Healthcare.
Teaching/Yoga Therapy Schedule
10:30 am – 5:00 pm
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Advanced Beginner Class
Church Fellowship Hall
25 Hartwood Rd.
Fredericksburg, VA 22406
10:30 am – 5:00 pm
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Trainings & Workshops
For Mental Health Practitioners
Bridging Yoga and Mental Healthcare (See Description Above)
Because yoga therapy is rapidly becoming integrated into US healthcare, many allopathic healthcare practitioners are increasingly interested in knowing more about it. To better understand how yoga can be a therapeutic modality, Suzanne offers programs to healthcare and mental health practitioners that help de-mystify yoga and explain how it can serve as a valuable integrative practice that complements contemporary healthcare.
Suzanne’s trainings are opportunities to learn about how we can empower ourselves to heal, build resilience, calm the over-active mind, and develop a sense of equilibrium through movement, breath, and mindful meditation. We learn how to become active participants in our own healing.
For Yoga Teachers
Suzanne’s programs are available for registered yoga instructors to earn continuing education credits through Yoga Alliance. These programs offer more in-depth training and information on specific topics that help to deepen instructors’ knowledge base. This enables teachers to offer safe, as well as empowering, instruction to their students and classes.