Subtle® Yoga for Positive Mental Health: Brief Interventions

December 2, 2022


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.

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 at least 3 brief Subtle Yoga interventions which may be used to support client selfregulation.
  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.


One day (7 hours CEUs)

December 2, 2022





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