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Aug 12

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Mental Health, Brain Science, and Yoga

Price: $320.00–$395.00 – Sliding Scale Tuition

During this online workshop, learn about integrating Yoga and mental health through research, theory, and practice sessions. Research has shown that mindfulness, meditation, and Yoga practices have the ability to positively impact mental and emotional health. Yoga, neuroscience, and mindfulness powerfully influence resiliency, emotional health, and healing related to anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, and mood states.

Explore concepts of well-being and health through the lens of brain science, neuropsychology, and Yoga practices. Learn how chronic stress and trauma influence behavior and mood states as well as the influence of the vagus nerve and vagal toning on healing.


The workshop will include:

  • A review of polyvagal theory, stress, and Yoga
  • How yogic practices influence our neurobiology, brain, and hormones
  • Research on Yoga practices and healing
  • The importance of the vagus nerve and vagal toning.
  • Neuro-therapies for healing by both practitioners and for self-healing
  • Practices that rewire the brain and positively impact mood states
  • Research on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and how trauma affects mental health and physical health outcomes


This program welcomes the general public, mental health professionals, Yoga teachers, Yoga therapists, and healthcare workers.

Live sessions at 11 am–1 pm and 4–6 pm each weekday, and Saturday and Sunday at 11 am–2 pm and 4–6 pm (EDT).

You will also have access to recorded Hatha Yoga classes and access to an online social community to connect and communicate with other participants about this course.

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

IAYT-APPROVAL-MARK


Testimonials

Understanding the neuroscience of Yoga shifts it from foreign to familiar. I enjoy visualizing my brain circuits being altered and benefitted through meditation and Yoga practices. — Hank Wall

This class offers an excellent introduction to the research that supports the healing power of yoga and meditation practices. Dr. Cunningham does a wonderful job of guiding experiential practices to deepen the understanding of how this happens through practice. — Kelly Sills

I think this program is very helpful for those struggling with anxiety, mild-depression, and emotional blues. — Lisa Rados

This was the best thing I could have done for myself. I learned and grew so much. Mala’s depth of knowledge is profound and Yogaville and its staff are amazing. Great content. Great environment. — Katie Kirkley

Schedule

  • 1

    Mental Health, Brain Science, and Yoga

    • Welcome Letter and Schedule

    • Student Walkthrough – How to Navigate this Course

    • Welcome to Mental Health, Brain Science, and Yoga

    • General Resources and Assistance

    • Complete Course Handouts

  • 2

    Day 1 | Aug 12

    • Day 1 Materials

    • Morning Sadhana

    • RECORDING – Introductions, Orientation, Schedule with Staff and Four Areas of Healing with Dr. Mala – 11 am–1 pm EDT

    • Lunch Talk

    • RECORDING – 5 Layers of the Human System & Stress: Part 1 with Dr. Amy – 4–6 pm EDT

  • 3

    Day 2 | Aug 13

    • Day 2 Materials

    • Morning Sadhana

    • LIVE – 5 Layers of the Human System & Stress: Part 2 with Dr. Amy – 11 am–1 pm EDT

    • Lunch Talk

    • LIVE – Body Language, Proprioception, Interoception with Dr. Mala – 4–6 pm EDT

  • 4

    Day 3 | Aug 14

    • Day 3 Materials

    • Morning Sadhana

    • LIVE – Lifestyle Medicine and Yoga: Formulas for Healing with Dr. Mala – 11 am–1 pm EDT

    • Lunch Talk

    • LIVE – Autonomic Nervous System & the Guna's: Part 1 with Dr. Amy – 4–6 pm EDT

  • 5

    Day 4 | Aug 15

    • Day 4 Materials

    • Morning Sadhana

    • LIVE – Autonomic Nervous System & the Guna's: Part 2 with Dr. Amy and Polyvagal Theory and Healing with Dr. Mala – 11 am–2 pm EDT

    • Lunch Talk

    • LIVE – The Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve with Dr. Mala – 4–6 pm EDT

    • LIVE – Saturday Evening Satsang – 7:30–9:30 pm EDT

  • 6

    Day 5 | Aug 16

    • Day 5 Materials

    • Morning Sadhana

    • LIVE – Healing Practices for Guna & Vagus Nerve Regulation with Dr. Amy and Dr. Mala – 11 am–2 pm EDT

    • Lunch Talk

    • LIVE – Healing Our Emotional & Psychological Blueprint with Dr. Mala – 4–6 pm EDT

  • 7

    Day 6 | Aug 17

    • Day 6 Materials

    • Morning Sadhana

    • LIVE – Understanding and Healing Trauma with Dr. Amy – 11 am–1 pm EDT

    • Lunch Talk

    • LIVE – Examining Neurotheology and The Role of Intuition in Healing with Dr. Mala – 4–6 pm EDT

  • 8

    Day 7 | Aug 18

    • Day 7 Materials

    • Morning Sadhana

    • LIVE – Yoga Practices & Reflection Time with Dr. Mala and Dr. Amy – 11 am–1 pm EDT

    • Lunch Talk

    • LIVE – Setting up a Self-Care Practice with Dr. Mala and Dr. Amy – 4–6 pm EDT

    • Congratulations!

    • Program Evaluation – Help us create amazing experiences

Presenter

Ph.D., C-IAYT

Amy Wheeler

Amy is the Founder and Director of Optimal State Programs, which provides both Yoga and Yoga Therapy Training Programs. She is a Professor of Kinesiology at California State University, San Bernardino for 20+ years. Amy’s degrees include a B.A. and M.A. in Health Promotion and a Ph.D. in Education and Psychology. Amy has traveled to India many times and was certified to teach Yoga and Yoga Therapy in the Tradition of T. Krishnamacharya. Before that, she was certified by several other internationally recognized Yoga and Yoga Therapy Training Programs. She served as President for the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Amy also helped the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) set standards for Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy.

Ph.D., C-IAYT

M. Mala Cunningham

Mala Cunningham is a Counseling Psychologist and Certified Yoga Therapist in Charlottesville, VA. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing where she teaches courses in Foundations of Medical Yoga for Health Professionals. Dr. Cunningham is also the president of Positive Health Solutions and is the founder and director of Hospital Bed Yoga and the Cardiac Medical Yoga Teacher Training Program. She is also the co-director of Medical Yoga at the University of Virginia and is involved in several Yoga-based initiatives, including a research study exploring the impact of Medical Yoga on lupus patients. She has developed and teaches CME and CEU courses in Medical Yoga for physicians and healthcare workers offered through the University of Virginia Professional Development office.

Dr. Cunningham specializes in Neuroscience, Yoga Psychology, Cardiac and Medical Yoga, and mindfulness. She is an Integral Yoga Minister and a senior disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda. She has been practicing and teaching Yoga for over 35 years. She is also the author of Medical Yoga: A Gentle and Modified Practice of Yoga for Assistance in Healing; and produced several CDs entitled: Healing Journey, and Before and After Surgery: Guided Imagery & Relaxation for Surgery Patients.

See more at cardiacyoga.com

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During this online workshop, learn about integrating Yoga and mental health through research, theory, and practice sessions. Research has shown that mindfulness, meditation, and Yoga practices have the ability to positively impact mental and emotional health.