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ONLINE PROFESSIONAL MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING FOR YOGA TEACHERS

EDUCATION. WISDOM. COMMUNITY.

Support your students experiencing mental health challenges with compassion, confidence and skill.

Mental Health Aware Yoga is a cutting edge, professional development training program for Yoga Teachers created by Clinical Psychologist and Senior Yoga Teacher Dr Lauren Tober.

In this online training program, you will develop your skills to deeply support your yoga students experiencing mental health challenges.

 

THIS TRAINING WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU TEACH

SIX PILLARS OF MENTAL HEALTH AWARE YOGA

This professional development training program for Yoga Teachers explores the six pillars of Mental Health Aware Yoga.
You will develop skills to support your yoga students experiencing mental health challenges, so they (and you) can thrive and flourish.

Western Psychology

WESTERN PSYCHOLOGY

Yoga Psychology

YOGA PSYCHOLOGY

Safe Container

CREATING A SAFE CONTAINER

Therapeutic Skills

THERAPEUTIC SKILLS

Yogic Practices

YOGIC PRACTICES

Mental Health Crisis

MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS

Western Psychology

WESTERN PSYCHOLOGY

Yoga Psychology

YOGA PSYCHOLOGY

Safe Container

CREATING A SAFE CONTAINER

Therapeutic Skills

THERAPEUTIC SKILLS

Yogic Practices

YOGIC PRACTICES

Mental Health Crisis

MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS

By the end of the training, you will have up-skilled in the blossoming field 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.

LEARN HOW TO DEEPLY SUPPORT YOUR STUDENTS EXPERIENCING DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, STRESS AND TRAUMA

THE ONLINE TRAINING PROGRAM

Mental Health Aware Yoga is an world-class professional development training program for Yoga Teachers and Teachers-In-Training.

The online training program includes:
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In-depth online lectures

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Detailed training manual

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Live group mentoring sessions

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Private Facebook group

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One-on-one feedback session

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Access to the Practice Library

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Access to Mental Health Aware Yoga classes

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Teacher’s pack of Consent Tokens

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Self directed practicum tasks

Vrkasana
The online training program includes:
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In-depth online lectures

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Detailed training manual

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Live group mentoring sessions

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Private Facebook group

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One-on-one feedback session

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Access to the Practice Library

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Access to Mental Health Aware Yoga classes

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Teacher’s pack of Consent Tokens

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Self directed practicum tasks

Mental Health Aware Yoga Students
WHAT THE STUDENTS 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.”

Delamay Devi
DELAMAY DEVI
YOGA TEACHER, TRAINER + MENTOR   |   BYRON BAY, AUSTRALIA
Dr Lauren Tober

Hi, I’m Dr Lauren Tober.

As a practicing 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.

This work is soulful without being new-agey.  It’s evidence based without being clinical.  It’s authentic, heartfelt and life changing.

I hope you can join me in changing the landscape of yoga.

It’s time.

WHAT THE STUDENTS 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?

Bodil from Yoga Mudra
BODIL STENTEBJERG   |  YOGA TEACHER, TRAINER + STUDIO OWNER  |  COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

UPON COMPLETION

Mental Health Aware Yoga Teachers
Lauren teaching
Once you have completed the training you will receive:
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Listing on the Mental Health Aware Yoga website

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Certificate of completion

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Mental Health Aware Yoga logos to use on your website

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Priority for post-training mentoring with Dr Lauren Tober

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An invitation to be part of the global community of Mental Health Aware Yoga Teachers

Once you have completed the training you will receive:
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Listing on the Mental Health Aware Yoga website

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Certificate of completion

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Mental Health Aware Yoga logos to use on your website

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Priority for post-training mentoring with Dr Lauren Tober

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An invitation to be part of a global community of Mental Health Aware Yoga Teachers

Mental Health Aware Yoga studying

LOKAH SAMASTAH SUKHINU BHAVANTU

[ may all beings be happy + free ]

IS THIS TRAINING RIGHT FOR ME?

This 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 best support your yoga students experiencing mental health challenges in your general yoga classes
  • 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, compassionate and have an open mind

THIS TRAINING IS NOT:

  • For therapists wanting to learn yoga skills for the therapy room (please start by completing a Yoga Teacher Training course)
  • 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 world-class 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’ll 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’ll 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’ll 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, we’ll discuss 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.

Lauren worked with an education and instructional course designer to make this course the best educational experience possible.

 

Do I have to attend any part of the training at a specific time?

No!  One of the beautiful things about this online training is that you can work through the material at your own pace and in accordance with your own schedule.  You can access the material 24/7.

You can attend the monthly mentoring sessions live with Dr Lauren Tober, but if you can’t make the live sessions, you can send your questions in beforehand and listen to the recording.

The final step of the training is having a live one-on-one session with Dr Lauren Tober or a senior Mental Health Aware Yoga Mentor to review your assignments and ask any questions.  You can organise this time individually with your mentor.

 

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 Dr Lauren Tober or a senior Mental Health Aware Yoga Mentor to review your assignments and ask any questions you like.

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.

 

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 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.

I noticed the prices are in Australian Dollars. I'm from another country, can I still join?

Yes, absolutely!

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 STUDENTS 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.”

Rebecca Haubner
REBECCA HAUBNER  |   YOGA TEACHER + PSYCHOLOGIST   |   BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA

JOIN THE COURSE NOW

PAY $1295 UPFRONT OR SIX EASY MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $250 AUD

Learn everything you need to shine in the growing field of yoga for mental health, and deeply support your students experiencing depression, anxiety, stress and trauma

100% online access to the training (access 24/7)

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Indepth PDF training manual (everything I know!)

Live group mentoring sessions with Dr Lauren Tober

Private Facebook group with Dr Lauren Tober and the Mental Health Aware Yoga community

One-on-one feedback session

Consent Tokens posted to you in the mail