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Yoga Therapy & Mindfulness for Addictions

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Yoga Therapy & Mindfulness for Addictions


Yoga is a remarkable practice that builds self-awareness, strength, clarity of mind, and resilience. By clearly understanding how yoga can promote psychological and physical changes, yoga teachers can tailor practices to support the addicted mind and help prevent relapse.

By combining specialised yoga practice with mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques (CBT—a common psychological approach in addictions treatment), we can develop a method of healing that supports the whole person.

What you will get from this training:
Students learn how to use integrative yogic-based approaches to addictions that will allow you to work with clients privately, in clinics, and in group settings. In particular, we explore the teachings of Yogi Bhajan with regards to ‘keeping up spirit’ in the face of adversity.This workshop is geared towards yoga teachers and professional addiction workers. Our training will give you the skills to work from a complete mind-body perspective.

You will gain:
A certificate of attendance from the Minded Institute
CPD points from Yoga Alliance Professionals through Pilamaya Yoga
Knowledge of how to teach a four-week course that has been developed over years of working with yoga and relaxation practices in addiction and recovery settings.
An understanding of how to work with addictions and recovery from a yogic and mindfulness perspective with individual clients and groups

Course Structure
This three-tiered approach—physiology, psychology, and behaviour—we can greatly enhance the likelihood of preventing relapse and overcoming addictions. This training will impart knowledge on:

Why we become addicted to substances and behavioral patterns
Which underlying neurological and psychological tendencies make people more vulnerable to addiction
How different substances impact the physiological systems of the body
What happens in the brain when we practice yoga and mindfulness and how this knowledge can be applied to people struggling with substance abuse
Specific yoga practices for addiction and recovery
How the yogic perspective can replace the addict worldview
What mindfulness is and how we can teach people to be with the mind
How yoga and mindfulness can be integrated into a CBT framework for working with addictions
How to liaise with the medical community and be part of a clinical team
How to promote feelings of safety in class and in the world
What kinds of long-term goals and practices can be created for helping the addict to remain substance free



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