Behavioral Health Trainings

Subtle® Yoga courses are a unique offering of holistically oriented, mind-body behavioral health care. You are welcome to take any Subtle® Yoga modules in any order or individually, except for the Subtle® Yoga Teacher Training Certification for Behavioral Health Professionals: Teaching Yoga to Individuals and Groups (RYT200) which begins in Fall of 2017. If you would like to attend this training, you must fulfill three days of introductory training. A total of three days from any of the one or two day workshops below is sufficient. You may count any previous one day Subtle® Yoga workshops you have attended.

Additionally, you will need to complete:

  1. Subtle® Yoga for Behavioral Health Intensive: Anxiety and Depression, March 23-25, 2017, at MAHEC in Asheville, NC and
  2. Subtle® Yoga for Behavioral Health Intensive: Trauma, Addiction and Recovery, May 18-20, 2017, at MAHEC in Asheville, NC

The Training Certification will be held: September 14-17, 2017, October 12-15, 2017, November 09-12, 2017, and December 7-10, 2017 at MAHEC in Asheville. (Four, 4-day Trainings with 102.0 CEUs and 4.0 Ethics Hours)

Please wear comfortable clothes to move in and dress in layers. You are welcome to bring a yoga mat.

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, from the individual through the population health level.

 

Upcoming Trainings: 

 

Subtle Yoga for Trauma Recovery: A One-Day Introduction

March 10 at the Charlotte AHEC in Charlotte, NC

8:00-4:30

Description

Subtle® Yoga incorporates ethical engagement, breathing techniques, healing movement, meditation, and other practices which can improve mental health, and foster resiliency in the body and mind.

In this workshop participants will learn basic yoga practices to improve the symptoms of trauma, including brief interventions for self-soothing and grounding, and longer terms strategies for befriending the body, calming the nervous system, and moving toward self-regulation, healing, and empowerment.

Research findings on the efficacy of yoga for PTSD will be presented, including understandings of how yoga recruits neuroplasticity to effect healing through both top-down and bottom up strategies. The benefits of yoga in clinical settings will be explored. Opportunity to practice yoga during the workshop will help participants learn to utilize basic skills to help improve client outcomes and for clinician self-care.

“It’s interesting that right now there are about six to ten million people in America who practice yoga… They’ve discovered that there’s something they can do to regulate their internal systems.”

-Bessel van der Kolk, MD author, The Body Keeps the Score

Objectives:

  1. Describe how basic Subtle Yoga techniques may be incorporated into clinical practice to reduce symptoms of trauma.
  2. Demonstrate at least 3 trauma informed best practices for clinical application of yoga.
  3. Show how to present Subtle Yoga techniques to diverse groups with different belief systems and a range of movement abilities.

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Subtle Yoga for Behavioral Health Intensive: Anxiety and Depression

March 23 – 25 at MAHEC in Asheville, NC

3/23 10:00-5:30, 3/24 8:30-5:30, 3/25 8:30-5:15

Description

Yoga offers a holistically oriented, cost-effective approach that complements current treatment strategies for mental health and substance use disorders. Murali Doraiswamy, a Duke University researcher who conducted a systematic review of yoga for neuropsychiatric disorders concluded, “The search for improved treatments, including non-drug based, to meet the holistic needs of patients is of paramount importance. If the promise of yoga on mental health was found in a drug, it would be the best-selling medication worldwide.” In this module, participants will learn basic Subtle® Yoga practices (including breathing, postures, and meditation) which they can share with clients to assist in mitigating depression and anxiety.

Participants will understand the rationale for using holistic approaches and learn Subtle® Yoga techniques to use in individual or group settings. Two hours of this module will be spent on the ethical frameworks of yoga including mindfulness, reflection on one’s inner self, interpersonal communication, and decision making. The yoga model of ethics will be compared and contrasted with various mental health professional codes of ethics.

Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate how a clinician may integrate postures, breathing, and meditation during individual and group interventions to help mitigate symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  2. Describe differences and similarities among yoga’s ethics and the ethical guidelines of your specific professional code of ethics.
  3. Explain at least two ways in which the biopsychosocial spiritual model of yoga, along with research in the field, validates the effectiveness of yoga practices in a clinical setting to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.

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Yoga, Positive Psychology and Neuroplasticity: A workshop and retreat (2 days)

April 1-2 at Town and Mountain Training Center in Asheville, NC

(no MH CEUs)

4/1 8:30-4:30, 4/2 8:30-3:30

Description

Yoga practices have been used for millennia to find deeper meaning and freedom in life. They offer us an opportunity to reframe the past, live in the present, and find hope for the future.

In this weekend workshop you will gain the capacity (for yourself or to teach others) to use yoga techniques to affect neuroplasticity and to promote hemispheric as well as top-down and bottom-up brain integration. You will also practice techniques to improve mind-body awareness – including proprioception and interoception. You will explore and gain an ability (for yourself and to help others) to leverage spiritual assets.

In this workshop you will:
Discuss and explore integrated yoga practices and positive psychology techniques.
Practice and demonstrate yoga techniques to “install” positive affirmations in your body.
Review the neurobiologic foundation of and evidence behind the efficacy of yoga practices – how yoga can recruit neuroplasticity and change your brain, and your mental, emotional and behavioral patterns.
Engage in and practice meditative techniques to uncover and transform myths and beliefs.

This workshop will include two yoga practices each day, plus lectures, discussions, and experiential exercises. All abilities are welcome. The weekend will also include Subtle® Yoga signatures: a dharma circle, restorative poses, kirtan, meditation, and self-massage. This is a great opportunity to learn about neuroplasticity, improve your skills, experience community with like-minded people, and earn 12 Yoga Alliance CEUs.

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Subtle Yoga for Trauma Recovery: A One-Day Introduction

April 6 at the Upstate AHEC, Greenville, SC

8:30-5:15

Description

Subtle® Yoga incorporates ethical engagement, breathing techniques, healing movement, meditation, and other practices which can improve mental health, and foster resiliency in the body and mind.

In this workshop participants will learn basic yoga practices to improve the symptoms of trauma, including brief interventions for self-soothing and grounding, and longer terms strategies for befriending the body, calming the nervous system, and moving toward self-regulation, healing, and empowerment.

Research findings on the efficacy of yoga for PTSD will be presented, including understandings of how yoga recruits neuroplasticity to effect healing through both top-down and bottom up strategies. The benefits of yoga in clinical settings will be explored. Opportunity to practice yoga during the workshop will help participants learn to utilize basic skills to help improve client outcomes and for clinician self-care.

“It’s interesting that right now there are about six to ten million people in America who practice yoga… They’ve discovered that there’s something they can do to regulate their internal systems.”
-Bessel van der Kolk, MD author, The Body Keeps the Score

Objectives:

  1. Describe how basic Subtle Yoga techniques may be incorporated into clinical practice to reduce symptoms of trauma.
  2. Demonstrate at least 3 trauma informed best practices for clinical application of yoga.
  3. Show how to present Subtle Yoga techniques to diverse groups with different belief systems and a range of movement abilities.

 

Subtle Yoga for Chronic Pain: A One-Day Introduction

April 27 at SEAHEC, Wilmington, NC

8:30-5:15

Description

Subtle® Yoga incorporates ethical engagement, breathing techniques, healing movement, meditation, and other practices which can improve mental health, and foster resiliency in the body and mind.

Chronic pain poses a significant public health problem which is complex, difficult to treat and, according to some estimates, costs the U.S. more than $600 billion a year. Because of the risk of opioid abuse, addiction, and diversion in the treatment of chronic pain, a broad and integrated approach is essential. Chronic pain is best understood as a psychophysiological behavior pattern that eschews separation into distinct, independent psychosocial and physical components. An approach to chronic pain that incorporates evidence based somatic/cognitive interventions, such as yoga, can help clients reduce stress, control pain, and use less medication.

Research has demonstrated that chronic pain alters brain structure decreasing gray matter volume and reducing the integrity of white matter connectivity. According to Catherine Bushnell, scientific director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), "Practicing yoga has the opposite effect on the brain as does chronic pain." 

In this one day workshop, participants will learn Subtle® Yoga techniques which can help reduce chronic pain and foster neuroplasticity including chair yoga practices, meditation, breathing practices, grounding, and self-massage. Opportunity to practice yoga during the workshop will help participants learn to guide basic yoga techniques which can improve client outcomes.

Objectives:

  1. Describe the scope and depth of yoga practice from a public health perspective and how research findings may be applied to clinical practice in a mental health setting to improve clinical outcomes.
  2. Explain basic neuroscience research findings as applied to mental health and recovery.
  3. Facilitate several basic yoga techniques that may be used in clinical interventions with clients to reduce perception of pain.

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Introduction to Subtle Yoga for Mental Health: A One-Day Introduction

April 28 at Expo216 in Wilmington, NC 

8:30-4:30

(no MH CEUs)

Description

Subtle® Yoga incorporates ethical engagement, breathing techniques, healing movement, meditation, and other practices which can improve mental health, and foster resiliency in the body and mind.

A growing body of research has demonstrated the positive emotional effects of yoga practice. Yoga practice has proven effective in improving mood, decreasing depression, reducing anxiety, improving sleep, and reducing the symptoms of trauma.

Participation in this one day introduction will increase understanding on how yoga develops greater self-awareness, emotional flexibility, resiliency, and the capacity for self-soothing. Participants will learn accessible, adaptable yoga practices which can be practiced by clients of any physical ability, to help reduce anxiety and depression.

Objectives

  1. Describe the essential aspects of Subtle® Yoga and how it relates to mental health.
  2. Guide several simple and accessible yoga practices that can benefit mental health.
  3. Explain how Subtle® Yoga can help meet the demand for a whole health, cost effective, integrated approach to behavioral health.
  4. Understand how to refer clients to appropriate yoga classes.

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Subtle® Yoga for Behavioral Health Intensive: Trauma, Addiction and Recovery

May 18 - May 20 at MAHEC, in Asheville, NC

(5/18 10:00-5:30, 5/19 8:30 – 5:30, 5/20 8:30-5:15)

Yoga is currently being incorporated in the Veterans Administration’s treatment protocols for PTSD and complex trauma. It is also being employed as an adjunctive therapy in addiction treatment and recovery centers around the country. In this 3 day training, participants will explore the intersection of Subtle® Yoga and addiction and trauma recovery and learn Subtle® Yoga techniques to encourage resiliency, self-regulation, self-soothing and healing the nervous system and brain. Participants will also learn the principles of trauma informed yoga and how to integrate Subtle® Yoga in individual and group sessions to help clients learn to take effective action, to tolerate and shift unwanted feelings in the body, and to experience the body as a friend and ally in the healing process.

The application of yoga techniques to assist in managing chronic pain and the role of spirituality in healing will also be explored. Participants will be introduced to a yoga-informed biopsychosocial- spiritual model that addresses treatment as well as recovery, prevention and health promotion. Review of ethical standards for behavioral health providers and yoga practitioners will help to identify alignment and areas where further exploration is needed.

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Subtle Yoga for Positive Mental Health: Brief Interventions: A One-Day Introduction

June 1 at the Greenville AHEC (SC)

8:30-5:15

Description

Subtle® Yoga incorporates ethical engagement, breathing techniques, healing movement, meditation, and other practices which can improve mental health, and foster resiliency in the body and mind.

Health care is often delivered in a fast-paced, volume based context; however, mind-body practices can be adapted to meet the needs of a variety of settings. A growing body of research demonstrates the efficacy of yoga for mental health including many positive neurobiologic benefits.

In this one day workshop, participants will learn how to guide clients through several safe, effective, yoga-based interventions which can provide clients and staff with tools for self-regulation, grounding, and empowerment. With minimal training or physical capacity, most people can learn to utilize some of these low-risk, empowering skills. Health care professionals can begin to experience the powerful benefits and share these practices safely with their clients.

Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate at least 3 brief Subtle Yoga interventions which may be used to support client self-regulation.
  2. Describe several postures, breathing and meditation practices which may be integrated into individual and group interventions to help mitigate symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  3. Differentiate between “top down” and “bottom up” neurobiological rationale for the effectiveness of Subtle Yoga interventions with clients to improve mental health and sustain recovery.

 

Subtle® Yoga Teacher Training Certification for Behavioral Health Professionals: Teaching Yoga to Individuals and Groups

Four, 4 day modules beginning September 14, 2017 (103 hours CEUs with 4 hours of ethics)

Pre-requisites: Introduction to Yoga for Behavioral Health Professionals, Fundamentals of Yoga in Clinical Practice, Module One- Ethics and Application and Module Two- Addiction Prevention and Recovery.

Completion of this training and the pre-requisites will qualify participants to register with the Yoga Alliance as an RYT200 (Registered Yoga Teacher – 200 hour level).

Sept. 14-17, 2017
Oct. 12-15, 2017
Nov. 9-12, 2017
Dec. 7-10, 2017

Times:

Thursday 10:30-5:30
Friday 8:30-5:30
Saturday 8:30-5:30
Sunday 8:30-3:30

Description

"From a yogic perspective, there is a connection between your posture and your mood...with sustained practice you can shift your emotional baseline toward greater levels of happiness.” – Dr. Timothy McCall, Yoga as Medicine

This final module will focus on yoga breathing, postures, meditation and on teaching methodology and pedagogy. Participants will learn the basics of alignment, anatomy, physiology, and subtle anatomy including chakras that support integrating yoga in behavioral health settings. Several class outlines to teach to people with various physical abilities and behavioral health issues will be provided and practiced. There will be further reference to yoga paradigms which can inform teachers about self- awareness, learning and communication styles, and other pedagogical considerations.

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I now know that yoga truly is for everyone and that there is scientific research to back it up. I feel prepared to teach yoga because I have the tools and confidence that you gave me!

Anonymous

Excellent training, teachers are exceptional.

Cheryl Harrison Goldsboro, NC

I loved this workshop! I will definitely incorporate these practices into my life and my patients’ treatment, thank you!

D.S.

This perspective shift is so important that I don’t believe it can be ignored. All mental health providers should be required to study the mind/body connection and ways to work within this perspective to promote healing that lasts

Sherry

Before this, I didn’t know much about yoga at all. Now I believe this was the best introduction to yoga for me. Now I have a better understanding of incorporating poses as well.

Jennie Locklear