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Yoga for Mental Health: Cultivating Emotional Resilience and Fortitude

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Current times have created high levels of physical, emotional, and mental stress for many, especially individuals in healthcare – whether as patients or providers. The Yoga for Mental Health training is dedicated to sharing yoga-based strategies for emotional health and mental resilience with healthcare providers and/or yoga teachers working with individuals who have health or mental health challenges. Yoga for Mental Health explores how to tailor yoga strategies to optimize the capacity to deal with a variety of life challenges by exploring contextual and personal contributors to emotional unease and mental suffering. Based on the understanding of how difficulties arise, strategies for self-care and healthcare are developed based on the many aspects of yoga. Movement, breath, mindfulness, meditation, and guided imagery are applied in ways that can be adapted to the specific emotional needs of individuals, creating highly personalized self-care or wellness plans for emotional resilience and cognitive flexibility.

This in-depth exploration of the many integrated, holistic yoga practices for mental and emotional wellness offers 30 hours of advanced training, including didactics, discussions, practices, and personal self-exploration. The training can be taken as a free-standing workshop (https://www.yogaxteam.com/workshops; CE available upon request for YA-registered yoga teachers), as a way to complete the YogaX Mental Health Certificate Program, or as one of the modules in the YogaX 300-hour (advanced) Yoga Teacher Training Program (https://www.yogaxteam.com/300hr-ytt; YA-registered RYS-300).

This intensive training takes place via synchronous online education (using Zoom) on July 30/31 and August 27/28, 2022, from 8am to 5pm each day. It is led by Christiane Brems, PhD, ABPP, ERYT500, C-IAYT, a licensed psychologist, experienced yoga teacher, and certified yoga therapist and interactive imagery guide. Early bird registration (by July 10, 2022) is $500 for the 30-hour workshop. If taken as a YTT-300 module, the 30-hour training is included in the YTT program tuition.

For registration or more information, click on the links above or contact YogaX staff at yogaxteam@stanford.edu.

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