Yoga For Mental Health 100-Hour Online Certification Program

I always sensed that the mind and body were intricately connected.  

I started college pre-med, thinking that I would approach the mind-body connection via the path of medicine.  Halfway through school, I flip-flopped and went for a major in psychology, believing this discipline might focus more on the mind-body connection.  

Following college, I entered a highly competitive PhD program in counseling psychology with a minor in health psychology.  I spent years in coursework, in hospital settings doing clinical work, and doing research on the psychological ramifications of living with cancer and with chronic back pain. 

And at the end of a decade of school…. I still felt at a loss for truly understanding the mind-body connection. Moreover, I had little supervision on how to implement mind-body clinical interventions into treatment.

I went into a bit of dark night out the soul 2 years post-graduate school.  Despite a busy and thriving private practice, I felt like  was not delivering the mind body work that I so clearly knew was needed.

Enter yoga.  I had been practicing it for personal stress relief since the start of graduate school, but had never even considered it to be a potential “clinical intervention” for my patients or a road map of how to connect the body and mind.

Until…I took a 3 month yoga immersion program that introduced me to the philosophy and deep wisdom at the core of this practice.  Someone in the midst of this training…a lightbulb went on for me.  

This was the missing link I had been searching for all those years in graduate school.  All those years searching for the theory, the intervention, the book, the article that would help me understand the mind-body connection.  I found it in the study of yoga.

Twenty years into clinical practice and fifteen years into yoga teaching, I now deeply believe that these 2 disciplines, when integrated are the key to enhanced mental and physical health.

Psychology and yoga, while certainly not the same, are complementary. While they are both powerful healing methodologies in and of themselves, when put together their power only increases. There is a synergistic effect where yoga and psychology taken together is greater than the sum of their separate parts. 

I designed this course because it is exactly what I was searching for during my graduate school years – a clear and concise way to integrate the mind and body.  It’s what so many therapists and students in training have come to me asking for.  It’s what my yoga teacher trainees want to learn more about.  And, it is why I routinely have a wait list of patients wanting to work with me because I focus on the mind body connection. 

I’ve seen firsthand that when we apply the time-tested tools of yoga (that now are also being empirically supported by current research), our physical and mental health is greatly enhanced.  When we address our mind, body, and spirit, we begin to heal and return to our natural state of wholeness and ease.  

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Yoga for Mental Health is an online 6-month program that will provide you a certification for integrating yoga into your mental health work, or integrating an understanding of mental health into how you teach yoga.

This program is based on the Kosha Model, a philosophy based in the yoga tradition that teaches we have a physical body, an energy body, a mental body, a wisdom body, and a bliss body.  Based on this framework, we will learn tools from both the tradition of yoga and the scientific halls of psychology that help us expand our understanding of self in a more expansive way to support well-being and mental health.  This material will not only help you transform as an individual but will provide practical tools for applying this to those with whom you work.

Each month you will receive a 4-hour module with new content.  

Each week you will receive a 2 hour practice that complements the month’s module.  

There will also be small group supervision/coaching every 2 weeks, one-on-one opportunities with Betsy, and live Q & A calls each month.

At the end of the program, not only will you have a clearer vision about how your mind and body are connected, but you will also understand how to bring this material to your patients, clients, and students through your yoga teaching, your therapeutic practice, or even through a course you might teach.

Who is this certification for?  This training is for health professionals (psychologists, doctors, nurses, physician assistants, therapists, social workers, health coaches, body workers) interested in integrating yoga and mind-body techniques into clinical practice.  This training is also for yoga teachers with an interest in specializing in yoga for mental health and teaching more psychological and trauma informed yoga.  This training might also be relevant to the serious yoga student interested in personal growth and understanding their own mind-body connection.  Continuing education credits may also be available to you if you are in a licensed profession like psychology or medicine. 

In this Program You Will Learn:

  • In depth study of yogic philosophy that relates directly to healing the mind
  • Understand the yogic philosophy that relates directly to healing the mind.
  • Receive the latest cutting edge research on yoga for mental health, as well as digestible and effective ways to communicate this research to your clients and students.
  • Learn a clear mind-body model for treatment planning and/or teaching that is supported by science.
  • Receive an entire tool box of practical mind-body techniques to enhance mood.
  • Enhance confidence in your ability to implement mind-body interventions because of your own depth work around your own mind, body, spirit, energy connection.
  • Learn invitational language when introducing mind-body concepts to clients and students.
  • Create a niche for yourself in your profession and learn the language to communicate your expertise.
  • Receive individualized supervision from an expert in the field on how to practically integrate these tools into your profession.

Cost: $2497. Payment plans available.

To receive more information about the Application Process or to be put on a waiting list, please email info@heartlandyoga.com