ELEVATE YOUR TEACHING
ONLINE MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING FOR YOGA TEACHERS
Take your yoga teaching to the next level.
Empower healing and transformation through yoga, as you support your students to overcome depression, anxiety, stress and trauma.
EDUCATION. WISDOM. COMMUNITY.
Nearly 80% of yoga students report practising yoga for mental health reasons.
Do you know how to support them?
Yoga Teachers are at the frontline of mental health care, and need this knowledge more than ever before.
This is your invitation to join our cutting-edge, trauma-informed training for Yoga Teachers, with Clinical Psychologist and Senior Yoga Teacher, Dr Lauren Tober.
Upgrade your skills, find your tribe and learn how to deeply support your yoga students experiencing mental health challenges, with compassion, clarity and confidence.
THIS TRAINING WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU TEACH
SIX PILLARS OF MENTAL HEALTH AWARE YOGA
The Six Pillars of Mental Health Aware Yoga are at the foundation of this transformative training, and through them you will develop your skills to safely and confidently support your yoga students experiencing mental health challenges, so they (and you!) can thrive and flourish.
MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS
By the end of the training, you will have up-skilled in the growing niche of yoga for mental health, and have both a theoretical and embodied understanding of how to support your yoga students experiencing depression, anxiety, stress and trauma.
WE NEED THIS WORK MORE THAN EVER.
WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE
Mental Health Aware Yoga is a world-class professional development training for Yoga Teachers and Teachers-In-Training.
The six month online training includes:
Video lectures on-demand
Detailed training manual (200+ pages)
Live group mentoring sessions
Private Facebook group community
One-on-one feedback session
In-depth Practice Library
Mental Health Aware Yoga classes
Self directed practicum tasks
WHAT THE GRADUATES ARE SAYING
“If you’re interested in supporting your community with yoga, I highly recommend the Mental Health Aware Yoga training with Dr Lauren Tober.
It’s vital that we educate ourselves with this work so we impact our students’ well-being in a positive way.”
YOGA TEACHER, TRAINER + MENTOR | BYRON BAY, AUSTRALIA
Hi, I’m Dr Lauren Tober.
As a Clinical Psychologist and Yoga Teacher of nearly 20 years, I’ve seen first-hand the way yoga helps with mental health. But I’ve also seen the way it can hinder it.
I developed this innovative Mental Health Aware Yoga training to support Yoga Teachers to make their classes safe, nourishing and transformative for all students, including those experiencing mental health challenges. And to help Mental Health Professionals bridge the gap between what they learnt in their Yoga Teacher Training courses and their clinical work.
This work is soulful without being new-agey. It’s evidence based without being clinical. It’s authentic, heartfelt and life changing.
Join me in changing the landscape of yoga.
WHAT THE GRADUATES ARE SAYING
“I can hardly think of any supplementary training for Yoga Teachers that is more relevant than Lauren’s Mental Health Aware Yoga training! I will recommend all of our trainees – and in fact all Yoga Teachers – to do this training to educate themselves in these very important topics. Because in all yoga classes that we teach there is likely to be several students affected by stress, anxiety, depression or trauma – and we want to be able to hold the space and teach the yoga that support their inner journeys in the best possible way, too, right?
Listing in the Mental Health Aware Yoga Teacher Directory
Certificate of completion
Mental Health Aware Yoga logos to use on your website
Priority for post-training mentoring with Dr Lauren Tober
An invitation to be part of the global community of Mental Health Aware Yoga Teachers
These were the bonuses for our August 2022 online training.
Join the waitlist to be the first to hear about the bonuses and dates for the next training.
We’ll pop a pack of Consent Tokens in the mail to you as soon as you sign up.
Consent Tokens are a respectful way for students to communicate their preference regarding touch, and to subtly foster a sense of agency and personal control, without any students feeling singled out or judged.
Get extended access to the Mental Health + Yoga Summit.
Join our host Dr Lauren Tober as she talks to some of best minds in the field of yoga and mental health.
Learn more about yoga for addiction, body image and cancer, dive into polyvagal theory and the science of yoga, learn ways to bring yoga into your clinical work, and so much more.
Get access to our private playlists.
If you’re using music in your yoga classes, it’s important to choose the right tracks, so they’re not triggering or challenging for your students.
These Spotify playlists have all been carefully curated by Dr Lauren Tober and are the ones she uses in her Mental Health Aware Yoga classes.
HEAR WHAT OUR GRADUATES ARE SAYING
Andrew Olson | Physiotherapist + Yoga Teacher
Rachel Zinman | Yoga Teacher + Mentor
Libbie Nelson | Yoga Therapist + Physiotherapist
LOKAH SAMASTAH SUKHINU BHAVANTU
[ may all beings be happy + free ]
IS THIS TRAINING RIGHT FOR ME?
This trauma-informed training is designed specifically for Yoga Teachers (and Yoga Teachers-In-Training)
THIS TRAINING MIGHT BE FOR YOU IF:
- You want to learn how to effectively support your yoga students experiencing mental health challenges
- You have an interest in mental health and yoga psychology
- You are a Yoga Teacher and a Mental Health Professional and would like to learn how to integrate these two fields
- You are interested in traditional AND evidence based practice
- You are committed to ongoing professional and personal development
- You want to connect with like-minded colleagues
- You are big-hearted, curious and compassionate
THIS TRAINING IS NOT:
- For therapists wanting to learn yoga skills for the therapy room (join one of our programs for therapists intead)
- To learn to become a therapist (it takes many years to do this)
- For Yoga Teachers who want prescriptive postures, practices and sequences for mental health (it’s not that simple)
- For Yoga Teachers who are currently experiencing their own mental health crisis (please seek support from a therapist and connect back in with us when you’re ready)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can you give me some more details about what is included in the course?
In this innovative mental health training for Yoga Teachers, you will learn how to deeply support your students experiencing mental health challenges in your yoga classes or private sessions.
By the end of the training, you’ll have an in-depth understanding of the Six Pillars of Mental Health Aware Yoga.
In the first pillar, we look at mental health through the lens of Western Psychology including depressive, anxiety and trauma disorders as well as stress and co-morbidity.
In the second pillar, we explore the foundations of Yoga Psychology, including Patañjali’s model of yoga psychology, mental health and the gunas, koshas and kleśhas, yoga as cultivating sattva, saṃskāra and non-dualism.
In the third pillar, you will learn how to Create a Safe Container, including the sacred role of the teacher, professional boundaries, creating a safe and nourishing environment for your students, ethics, touch and hands-on assists, scope of practice, mentoring and self practice, self care and self enquiry.
In the fourth pillar, you will learn Therapeutic Skills for Yoga Teachers, including meeting your students where they are, the rhythm of a yoga class, skillful language, effective listening and unconditional positive regard.
In the fifth pillar, we will explore traditional and evidence-based Yogic Practices for mental health, including yoga and mental health research, assessing (not diagnosing) your students, āsana, prāṇāyāma, meditation, contraindications (what to avoid), compassionate non-judgemental witnessing presence, sankalpa bhâvâna and teaching themes.
In the sixth pillar of Mental Health Aware Yoga, you will learn what to do in a Mental Health Crisis, including how to respond when students cry, what to do if a student has a panic attack , trauma reaction or discloses suicide ideation or self harm.
Following completion of the Mental Health Aware Yoga training, Yoga Teachers will be able to:
– Articulate why knowledge of mental health is important for Yoga Teachers.
– Identify Western Psychology diagnostic criteria for depression, anxiety, trauma and stress.
– Discuss basic yoga psychology, including Patañjali’s 8 limbs, gunas and koshas.
– Create a safe container for students in a yoga class.
– Use appropriate therapeutic skills in a yoga class.
– Assess their own and their students’ emotional needs and practice/teach appropriate yoga practices to meet these needs.
– Identify what to do in a mental health crisis.
Dr Lauren worked with an education and instructional course designer to make this course the best educational experience possible.
I am a Hatha / Ashtanga / Restorative / Svastha / Yin / Vinyasa / Flow / Prenatal / Chair Yoga Teacher. Is this course suitable for me?
Mental Health Aware Yoga is designed to apply to ANY style of yoga teaching.
Mental Health Aware Yoga is not a new brand or style of yoga, but rather a set of principles that can be applied to any style of yoga that you’re teaching.
I am a Psychologist / Social Worker / Therapist. Is this course suitable for me?
If you are already trained as a Yoga Teacher (or currently undertaking your training), then yes!
This training would be a wonderful bridge for you to bring the worlds of psychology and yoga together.
The course doesn’t train people to become therapists, but with your qualifications and experience, you will no doubt be able to draw on your existing knowledge and experience in this area, and integrate it with all the yoga practices and concepts we cover in the course.
With your background as a Mental Health Professional, it’s likely that you will already have the some of the knowledge that we cover in the Western Psychology and Mental Health Crisis sections (two of the six pillars of Mental Health Aware Yoga), however the other four pillars will give you much insight into teaching yoga to students with mental health challenges. The course really pulls these two worlds together, and will help you to integrate what you learnt in your Yoga Teacher Training course with what you already know as a therapist.
The training doesn’t give you set class plans for different diagnoses, yoga for mental health is not that simple, but it will give you a framework and a lot of different practises, that you can bring together to share with your students.
There have been many therapists, including Psychologists, Social Workers and other Mental Health Professionals, who have taken this program, and have told us that they have benefited greatly and are using the knowledge they learnt in the course in their classes and clinical practice.
If you haven’t started or completed your Yoga Teacher training course, join us for the Yoga Skills for Therapists training instead.
I am not a therapist. Is this course suitable for me?
While many therapists are undertaking the Mental Health Aware Yoga training, the program was designed specifically for Yoga Teachers.
The only prerequiste for the training is that you’re already a Yoga Teacher (or Teacher-in-Training). You do not need to be a therapist.
In the training you will learn therapeutic skills for Yoga Teachers, like meeting your students where they are, the rhythm of a yoga class, skillful language, effective listening and unconditional positive regard.
Do I have to attend any part of the training at a specific time?
No! One of the very convenient things about the online Mental Health Aware Yoga training is that you can take the course at your own pace and in accordance with your existing commitments.
There are no compulsory times that you need to show up and be available, and you can access the material 24/7.
So it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, and what your schedule is like, you can make the training work for you and your life.
We do have live monthly group mentoring sessions with Dr Lauren Tober, and while we recommend that you attend them to help consolidate the training and meet your colleagues, they are not compulsory. If you can’t make the live sessions, you can also send your questions in beforehand and listen to the recording.
The final step of the training is having a live one-on-one feedback session with one of our senior Mental Health Aware Yoga Mentors, but you organise this time individually with your mentor, at a time that works for you both.
We’ve intentionally designed this course in a way to be truly flexible and fit in with YOUR life!
Will I get to learn directly from Dr Lauren Tober?
Yes! All the main course material was created by Dr Lauren Tober, including the video lectures, yoga classes and practice library.
You’ll also have regular access to Dr Lauren Tober in the private Facebook group and the monthly live mentoring calls. If you can’t make the live calls, you can send your questions in advance for Lauren to answer, and you can listen to the recording.
The final step of the training is having a live one-on-one session with one of brilliant Senior Mental Health Aware Yoga Mentors to review your assignments and provide feedback to support your growth.
You are also welcome to book additional private mentoring sessions during or after the course, at an additional cost.
I'm not very techy, can I do the course?
Taking the online course does require some computer skills. But if you can use email and Facebook, it’s likely you have enough computer skills to take the course.
We have designed the course website to be super-intuitive and easy to use (not to mention beautiful).
We’re also backed up with an amazing IT support team, so if you have any issues, we’ll have you covered.
Our students who identify as not very techy, have told us they found the program very intuitive and easy to navigate.
How long do I have to complete the course?
You’ll have six whole months to complete the course. This will give you plenty of time to complete the training, even if you’re working, studying or parenting full time.
The course takes approximately 60 hours to complete, but will vary from person-to-person, depending on the speed you work at and the depth of your integration and embodiment. The more you put into this training, the more you will get out.
Is this course accredited?
Yes, this course is accredited with both Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia. You will receive a certificate of completion (PDF) once you have completed the course to lodge with your accreditation body.
Yoga Australia members can claim 43.25 CPD points.
Yoga Alliance members can claim 60 non-contact hours.
During to COVID-19, Yoga Alliance have advised that “RYTs may count online courses taken during this time as contact hours for Continuing Education (CE) requirements.”
The course takes approximately 60 hours to complete.
If you would like to claim CPD points with another organisation, you can take the certificate you receive upon completion of the training to your accreditation body; this is usually sufficient.
How is the course taught?
The course is taught in our online shala; a custom built membership website that hosts all our online courses and trainings.
Once you sign up, you will receive an email within a few minutes with your personal log in details for the shala, and an invitation to join the members-only Mental Health Aware Yoga Facebook community.
The course consists of approximately 11 hours of video or audio lectures, plus full length yoga classes and an extensive library of yogic practices for mental health.
After each lecture you will complete a multiple choice questionnaire (no trick questions, if you have watched the lectures these are really straight forward) and after each section there are self directed practicum tasks including writing reflective journals, attending live yoga classes of your choice (in person or online), practicing pre-recorded yoga classes and practices with Dr Lauren Tober, teaching yoga classes using the principles of Mental Health Aware Yoga and more.
You will also receive an in-depth PDF training manual (over 200 pages) and can also join the Mental Health Aware Yoga Facebook community and live group mentoring calls with Dr Lauren Tober.
How do you know that nearly 80% of yoga students report practising yoga for mental health benefits?
The fact that you’re asking this question tells me you’re likely a great fit for the Mental Health Aware Yoga training!
In a landmark study several years ago, Penman surveyed 3,832 Australian yoga students and teachers and found that 58.4% of yoga students began yoga to reduce stress or anxiety and 79.4% of yoga students continued to practice yoga to reduce stress or anxiety (Penman did not mention other mental health issues in his research, so it’s likely to be even higher).
He suggested that mental health may be the primary health reason why people practise yoga.
Here is the reference:
Penman, S., Cohen, M., Stevens, P., & Jackson, S. (2012). Yoga in Australia: Results of a National Survey. International Journal of Yoga, 5(2), 92–101.
If you like to nerd out on this kind of research, you’re going to love the Mental Health Aware Yoga training!
What qualifications and experience does Dr Lauren have in this area?
Dr Lauren Tober is a Clinical Psychologist, Senior Yoga Teacher and certified iRest Meditation Teacher.
She has been working as a Psychologist since 2003, teaching yoga since 2004, training Yoga Teachers since 2010 and teaching online since 2011.
Lauren has been working the area of yoga psychology for many years, and is considered by many to a leader in this field.
I noticed the prices are in Australian Dollars. I'm from another country, can I still join?
Just purchase as usual (the currency conversion will be done automatically).
And lucky you, the Aussie dollar is usually pretty poor in comparison to other currencies, so you’ll probably get the course at a steal! Sign up now before we change our minds and introduce multiple currencies!
WHAT THE GRADUATES ARE SAYING
“Dr Lauren Tober offers a timely and accessible framework for yoga teachers to increase their understanding of common mental health challenges, together with practical insights and guidance around the intentional application of specific yogic practices to support psychological well-being.
This course presents an inspiring learning opportunity for yoga teachers looking to provide an optimally supportive, inclusive and beneficial experience of yoga for students experiencing mental health challenges.
What you learn in this course will empower you to make positive changes in the way you teach.”
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