Applying Subtle® Yoga in Clinical Practice
Feb 7 – 8, 2020 | 8:30-5:30
Yoga has been shown to reduce cortisol levels, depression, disordered eating, PTSD symptoms, chronic pain and insomnia. It can also increase mindfulness, immune function, energy levels, and an overall sense of well-being. A history of the yoga tradition and its evolution in the United States will be reviewed to provide insight into yoga’s key theoretical principles and its relationship with behavioral health theory and practice. Moving from theory to application, participants will learn the neuroscientific underpinnings of the physiological and psychological connection between yoga and mental health. Research and skills to support the application of yoga across the spectrum of behavioral health care (treatment, aftercare, prevention and health promotion) will be presented. Participants will learn how to implement accessible Subtle® Yoga techniques including postures, breathing, and meditation. Case studies on incorporating yoga into behavioral health will provide details on the practicalities of integration.
Subtle® Yoga is a broadly applicable, person-centered approach to yoga practice which can be tailored to differing body types/physical abilities and various contexts – from mental illness to public health. Subtle® Yoga incorporates six key processes: mindful movement, breathing practices, meditation, awareness of values/ethical engagement, spiritual development and service. Together these practices promote attention, mindfulness, body awareness, self-regulation, resiliency, self-actualization and pro-social behavior. Subtle® Yoga calms the nervous system, improves breathing, increases the body-mind connection, and is trauma-informed. It is a holistic intervention which can complement and enhance traditional healthcare approaches through health promotion, prevention, treatment or aftercare/recovery and from the individual to population health levels.
Participants will be able to:
- Describe the historical and cultural context of yoga and how this complements clinical practice in the mental health field.
- Based on recent discoveries in the field of neuroscience, explain how yoga promotes mental health and recovery for clients with several common DSM V diagnoses.
- Demonstrate at least 3 Subtle Yoga techniques safely applied in clinical intervention.