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300 Hour Advanced YTT with a Focus in Mental Health (Online YTT)

What is yoga? In the Yoga Sutras, Pantajali defines yoga as: योगश्चित्तवृत्तिनिरोधः॥२॥ “yogascitta vritti nirodhah” (Sanskrit). This translates to English as, "Yoga is the restraint of the modifications of the mind-stuff".

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300 Hour Advanced YTT with a Focus in Mental Health (Online YTT)
300 Hour Advanced YTT with a Focus in Mental Health (Online YTT)

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Jan 19, 2023, 12:00 a.m. – Dec 16, 2023, 11:50 p.m.


About the event

It took me several years of teaching yoga (almost seven!) to come to the realization that this definition means that yoga was always about mental health - even thousands of years ago. In a simple way: we can be peaceful and happy when we learn to control the mind. We learn to control the mind by practicing and studying yoga. If we don't learn to control the mind, the mind will control us.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, mental illness is experienced by 19% of U.S. adults. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, approximately 31% of all American adults will experience an anxiety disorder at some time in their life. And the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that more than 300 million people worldwide suffer from depression.  The WHO expects depression to be the biggest health problem on earth by 2030.

Everyone has mental health. Everyone experiences emotional imbalances from time to time. And In 2014, the Society for Neuroscience reported that 60% of Americans feel they are under a great deal of stress at least once per week.

Unfortunately, many of us grew up with so many issues in the way mental health was taught to us. It was stigmatized, thought of as separate from physical health, and we weren't educated on an Eastern approach to wellbeing - drawing in all aspects of the many layers of the human being to bring a balanced approach to mental wellbeing. And this is why we need yoga.

My personal interest in this subject matter comes from my own mental health struggle. For many years I struggled to receive a proper diagnosis and treatment for my suffering with an undiagnosed mood disorder. For the many years in which I wasn't receiving proper health care, yoga became my coping mechanism (as well as the use of alcohol). It's due to having my yoga practice that I believe I am alive and not just surviving - but thriving - today. This is not just a co-incidence - after working in the field of yoga for several years, I've had the fortune of witnessing this miracle in many others - not just myself. The fact is - many people arrive at yoga struggling - and they keep coming back because yoga works.

But how does it work? In what ways does it work? My curiosity in the magic of yoga has led me to develop a 300 Hour Advanced Teacher Training on this subject matter specifically.

It is important to note that this training will not qualify yoga teachers to act in place of mental health professionals. But it is my belief that as yoga professionals - we can work in conjunction with healthcare providers - to bring holistic healing to the lives of our yoga students. Through focused education in all parts of of yoga as a system - and how it can work through the many layers of the human being - we can bring about healing. We will also bring about healing within ourselves.

Deepen your practice and join our community of yogis transforming their lives all over the world. Become a 300 Hour Advanced Registered Yoga Teacher specializing in mental health with us.

NOTE: This is an advanced yoga teacher training and it is recommended that participants have already completed a 200 Hour foundational Yoga Teacher Training prior to enrolling. However, if you have relevant experience (such as coaching, teaching, mental health professional etc) and don't plan on teaching yoga after this training, and would like to integrate this knowledge into your current practice, you are welcome to apply.

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