About the course
Yoga is said to be the oldest body-mind oriented discipline in the world. The intention of yoga has always been therapeutic. Yoga involves a variety of life-promoting processes that influence many dimensions of the human organism.
Through our workshop we want to illustrate how modern yoga can preserve its healing intentions; by drawing on and including knowledge from modern psychology, physiotherapy and psychotherapeutic approaches.
In a theoretical and practical workshop we address:
1) What is yoga?
- Yoga philosophy
- Yoga practice
- Is traditional philosophy, theory and practices relevant in mental health work?
2) What are the common problems of mental health in modern society?
3) What are the benefits of integrating yoga as a wisdom tradition and psychology as an academic discipline?
- What are the parallels between yoga and psychology?
- What has yoga to offer psychology?
- What has psychology to offer yoga?
4) What is psychotherapeutic yoga?
- Relevant psychological theory and holistic views on human health and functioning
- Therapeutic aspects of yoga from a modern perspective
- Psychotherapeutic yoga in practice (bodywork, breath work and awareness work)
* guidelines (code of ethics and basic principles for interventions)
5) Research on yoga and psychological health
Our target audience is health professionals wanting to use yoga as a supplement in their clinical work, as well as yoga teachers and yoga therapists wanting to work and develop professionally within the mental health care sector.
Skills to be developed are knowledge about mental health and mental health work, relational competence and safe and appropriate application of yoga for common psychological problems.
Teaching strategies will include practical and interactive learning experiences, lecturing and cooperative learning through small group and whole class activities.
Evaluation methods will include group discussions reviewing some of the course content, and self evaluation based on reflection upon a set of quality indicators developed and composed by the course providers.
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