Subtle® Yoga for Behavioral Health Intensive: Anxiety and Depression

March 9 – 11, 2023


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.

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:

  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.


March 9 – 11, 2023




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