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Mental Health + Yoga Summit

Mental Health and Yoga Summit

FREE  |  ONLINE  |  FIVE DAYS

A free five day summit for Yoga Teachers and Mental Health Professionals.

Learn from world leaders in mental health and yoga.

Starts 31st January 2022

You don’t want to miss this!

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Mental Health and Yoga Summit

About the Summit

Join your host Dr Lauren Tober for this five day free online summit from 31st January 2022, and learn from some of the best minds in the field of yoga and mental health.

Our Speakers

Learn from some of the worlds’ best researchers, teachers and therapists in the field of mental health + yoga

Stephanie Lopez

STEPHANIE LOPEZ

Yoga for Overwhelm

Stephanie is the Senior Director of Teachings & Programs and Senior iRest Trainer for the iRest Institute.

Her work is informed by years of immersion in the nondual teachings of yoga, a deeply embodied understanding of meditation and a focus on living awakened.

As a psychotherapist, meditation teacher, and certified yoga therapist, she bridges eastern wisdom with western psychology.

Amy Weintraub

AMY WEINTRAUB

Yoga for Your Mood

Amy is the founder of LifeForce Yoga® Healing Institute, an acclaimed yoga therapist, and a pioneer in the field of yoga and mental health.

She is the author of Yoga for Depression, Yoga Skills for Therapists, Yoga for Your Mood: 52 Ways to Shift Depression and Anxiety, and many more.

Amy guides thousands of yoga and mental health professionals & practitioners worldwide.

James Fox

JAMES FOX

Yoga in Prisons

James is the founder of the Prison Yoga Project.

As a certified yoga instructor, he has dedicated himself to developing a trauma informed approach to teaching yoga in correctional facilities, resulting to establishment of yoga programs in prisons across USA, Mexico, Europe & Australia.

He is trained in restorative justice principles & practices, violence prevention courses with prisoners, and many more.

Saraswathi Vasudevan

SARASWATHI VASUDEVAN

Yoga Sutras and Mental Health: Bridging Philosophy & Practice

Saraswathi Vasudevan is a yoga teacher, trainer & therapist in the tradition of Sri T Krishnamacharya.

She has three decades of study, practice & teaching experience, having studied directly with Sri TKV Desikachar for 17 years. To make personalised yoga therapy and the transformative & healing wisdom of yoga more accessible, she founded YogaVahini, a Specialised Yoga Training, Therapy & Research Centre.

Stephen Cope

STEPHEN COPE

Yoga’s Exquisite View of Life’s Meaning and Purpose: Finding and Living Out Your Dharma

Stephen Cope is an author & scholar specialising in the relationship between Eastern contemplative traditions & Western depth psychology.

A Scholar-in-Residence at the Kripalu Center for 30 years, Stephen is the Founder and former director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living and named one of the most influential thinkers, writers and teachers on the current American yoga scene by Yoga Journal.

Allé K

ALLÉ K

Teaching Trans Affirming Yoga

Allé (he/him) is a queer, fat, trans masc activist, educator & certified Yoga Instructor in North Carolina and all over the world (on zoom).

He has educated cis-het yoga teachers on Teaching Trans Affirming Yoga and provides LGBTQIA+ inclusive, trauma-informed, weight-neutral classes that center people who are usually left out of the traditional yoga spaces like queer, trans, fat and neurodivergent folks.

Annabel McLisky

ANNABEL MCLISKY

Yoga in the Counselling Room

Annabel is a Yoga Teacher and Trainer and a very recently retired Psychologist in the Byron Shire in Australia.

As a co-founder of Trauma Sensitive Yoga Australia, she has taught workshops on Trauma Sensitive Yoga for yoga teachers and mental health clinicians.

Annabel is a guest teacher and mentor on our Mental Health Aware Yoga training program and is a senior tutor on the Dru Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training courses around Australia.

Anneke Sips

ANNEKE SIPS

Beyond Labels

Anneke is a psychiatric nurse, yoga teacher, yoga therapist and the founder of Network Yoga Therapy and The Yoga Therapy Conference in Amsterdam.

As one of the first accredited yoga therapists in The Netherlands with expertise in applied philosophy and yoga for trauma and psychosis, she designs and offers Integrative Yoga Therapy programs and trains doctors and other healthcare professionals.

Ganesh Mohan

GANESH MOHAN

The Intersection of Yoga + Mental Health in Our Modern Lives

Dr. Ganesh is a medical doctor who learned yoga from childhood in the tradition of Sri Krishnamacharya. He integrates a full spectrum of holistic well-being methods in his work. He also directs the Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda trainings, including the Svastha Yoga Therapy Program across the globe. He is the co-author of numerous books such as Yoga Therapy, Krishnamacharya, and Yoga Reminder. With his father, he is the translator of important Sanskrit yoga texts, Yoga Yajnavalkya and Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

Rachel Zinman

RACHEL ZINMAN

Yoga for Diabetes

Rachel is the author of Yoga for Diabetes, How to Manage your Health with Yoga and Ayurveda.

She has been practising since 1983, teaching since 1992 and teaching teachers since 2000.

Rachel has studied with Alan Finger, Mark Whitwell, and many more and has immersed herself in the study of Vedanta. She writes for magazines, including Australian Yoga Journal and Australian Yoga Life.

Shannon Crow

SHANNON CROW

Mental Health + Community

Shannon is a yoga teacher, trainer, consultant, host of The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast and mother of 3.

She is passionate about helping yoga teachers who are ready to specialize, stand out and run a profitable yoga business with their unique offerings. Shannon is the founder of Pelvic Health Professionals and leads a 20-hour Yoga for Pelvic Health training online and in person.

Eve White

EVE WHITE

Connection to Country

Eve is a proud Wirridjuri woman, Yoga Instructor, Professional Dancer, Indigenous Cultural Educator, MermaidFit creator, Storyteller and Mother of 3.

She has choreographed, directed & produced performances as a creative mover of 20 years. Eve reconnected to her ancestral Aboriginal Roots after studying yoga & chi-gong and has been supporting aboriginal women through yoga, health & healing.

Simon Borg Olivier

SIMON BORG- OLIVIER

Simple Physical Tools for Resilience

Simon has been practicing traditional forms of posture, movement, breathing, and mental control for 50 years. He has been teaching for 38 years, has been a registered physiotherapist for 23 years and works as a research scientist and a University lecturer. He is co-director of YogaSynergy, one of Australia’s oldest & most respected yoga schools, with a style based on a deep understanding of modern medical science and traditional forms of exercise & therapy. Simon has co-authored books & scientific articles including ‘Applied Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga’, the textbook for two courses at RMIT University in Melbourne.

Lisa Fitzpatrick

LISA FITZPATRICK

The Intersection Between Mental Health, Pelvic Health + Yoga for Wellbeing

Lisa is a trained & experienced coach specialising in women’s empowerment and founder of Sacred Women’s Business Coaching.

As a physiotherapist for 30 years with a special interest in pelvic floor rehabilitation, she studied & practiced many different yoga styles & meditation techniques to explore ways of facilitating wellbeing for the nervous system. Her work centres on holistic pelvic wellness, yoga, mindfulness meditation & women’s health.

Sandra Palmer

SANDRA PALMER

Finding Ease in a World of Dis-ease: Lockdowns, Trauma and Yoga

Sandra is a Registered Psychologist, Yoga Teacher & Certified iRest Yoga Nidra meditation teacher.

Her work integrates yoga and psychology, focusing on teaching accessible, embodied, and trauma-informed yoga practices.

She is a guest tutor & mentor for yoga teacher trainings in Auckland & Australia, including Contemporary Yoga Studies, Inspire Teacher Training and Mental Health Aware Yoga.

Jacinta Brinsley

JACINTA BRINSLEY

Exercise Medicine for Mental Health: What do we know about Yoga?

Jacinta utilises her clinical background in exercise physiology to prescribe yoga-based practices informed by pain science, neuroscience and biomechanical principles to target changes in mood, mental health, quality of life and functional capacity.

Jacinta has worked with a range of health conditions to provide holistic health care, using movement as medicine.

Tara D'Cruz-Noble

TARA D’CRUZ-NOBLE

Photography + The Visual Story of Yoga

Tara (she/her) is a Sydney-based photographer & yoga teacher with family lines from the UK & India.

Tara weaves the philosophical teachings of yoga into both her photographic work and yoga offerings. With a creative inquiry informing her approach, she photographs yoga through the lens of documenting what it means to be well. Her photography supports teachers sharing many modalities within the wellness world.

Ana Davis

ANA DAVIS

Moving with the Moon: Yoga for Your Menstrual Cycle

Ana has long been passionate about exploring the benefits of yoga and meditation for women’s monthly and life cycles. She has been a keen yoga practitioner since 1990, teaching yoga since 1996, and in 2005 founded Bliss Baby Yoga – offering specialised yoga teacher training courses in the areas of Prenatal, Postnatal, Restorative and Women’s Yoga.

Ana is author of the top-selling book, ‘Moving with the Moon: Yoga, Movement & Meditation for Every Phase of your Menstrual Cycle & Beyond.

Cora Geroux

CORA GEROUX

Mindful Marketing – Promoting Yourself Without Selling Your Soul

Cora (she/her) has been working & running businesses in the wellness industry for over a decade. She has created & led teacher trainings, is a qualified life coach and has co-owned two yoga studios. Cora is the host of the top rated podcast, Teaching Yoga, where she has interviewed some of the best & most respected yoga teachers from around the world.

Today, Cora teaches & coaches yoga teachers on business mindset, marketing & strategy so they can lead more fulfilling and profitable careers through her online training Business 101 Yoga Teacher Training, and private coaching practice.

Chara Caruthers

CHARA CARUTHERS

Mental Health + Ayurveda

Chara is a certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) & professional Ayurvedic practitioner who has taught yoga globally for more than a decade. As a passionate teacher, speaker, advocate & mentor for women’s wellness, she inspires & motivates women by embracing the principles of yoga & Ayurveda. Chara’s most recent book is called ‘Eat Like You Love Yourself: A modern guide to Ayurvedic cooking and living.’ Chara is a writer, presenter & creator of outreach & educational programs aimed at getting real about what’s keeping you stuck.

Nikola Ellis

NIKOLA ELLIS

Yoga and Eating Disorders

Nikola is a certified yoga therapist, psychotherapist and online educator who has been immersed in yoga for 30 years. Nikola is currently serving as Vice President of Yoga Australia, the peak body for yoga in Australia Trained in the tradition of Sri Krishnamacharya, she founded Adore Yoga in Sydney in 2002. Focusing on evidence based yoga for special needs populations, she is passionate about developing yoga & meditation programs in clinical environments. Nikola has trained thousands of yoga teachers, therapists & health professionals. With post-graduate training in public health, Nikola consults for organisations including Cancer Council NSW and has conducted research at the eating disorders day program at Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney.

Mental Health and Yoga Summit

Who is this for?

This online summit is for yoga teachers and therapists looking to bring yoga and psychology together and be part of the new wave of integrative mental health care.

We wholeheartedly welcome:

  • Yoga Teachers
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Counsellors
  • Doctors
  • Other Health Professionals interested in yoga and the mind-body connection
  • Student Yoga Teachers and Therapists

What will you learn?

  • Latest research into yoga and depression
  • Yoga to manage your mood
  • Teaching yoga in prisons
  • Connection to country
  • Stigma, diagnosis and mental health
  • Yoga for diabetes
  • Yoga for overwhelm
  • Moving beyond labels in psychiatry
  • Pelvic health and pelvic trauma in yoga
  • Trans affirming yoga
  • Yoga for your menstrual cycle
  • Mental health and Ayurveda
  • Yoga for eating disorders
  • Mental health aware marketing
  • Finding ease in a world of dis-ease
  • And more …….

Your Host

Dr Lauren Tober

Dr Lauren Tober

As a Clinical Psychologist and Yoga Teacher of nearly two decades, Dr Lauren is passionate about integrating yoga and psychology on the mat, in the counselling room and in the world.

With the growing interest in mental health and yoga, yoga students are attending yoga classes for the mental health benefits in unprecedented numbers, and therapists are bringing yoga into their clinical practice more than ever.

Join Dr Lauren Tober, the founder of Mental Health Aware, as she speaks to world leaders in yoga and mental health.

 

2022 Schedule

Access the sessions each morning at 7am AEDT in our online shala
Sessions are available for the five days of the Summit + the weekend (7 days in total)

MONDAY 31ST JAN

Welcome to the Mental Health + Yoga Summit

Dr Lauren Tober

Connection to Country

Eve White

The Intersection of Yoga and Mental Health in Our Modern Lives

Dr Ganesh Mohan

Yoga for Your Mood

Amy Weintraub

Photography and The Visual Story of Yoga

Tara D’cruz-Noble

TUESDAY 1ST FEB

Yoga in Prisons

James Fox

Beyond Labels

Anneke Sips

Yoga for Diabetes

Rachel Zinman

The Intersection Between Mental Health, Pelvic Health and Yoga

Lisa Fitzpatrick

Mindful Marketing: Promoting Yourself Without Selling Your Soul

Cora Geroux

WEDNESDAY 2ND FEB

Yoga Sutras and Mental Health: Bridging Philosophy and Practice

Saraswathi Vasudevan

Yoga in the Counselling Room

Annabel McLisky

Yoga and Eating Disorders

Nikola Ellis

Exercise Medicine for Mental Health: What do we Know about Yoga?

Jacinta Brinsley

THURSDAY 3RD FEB

Yoga for Overwhelm

Stephanie Lopez

Trans Affirming Yoga

Allé K

Mental Health and Ayurveda

Chara Caruthers

Finding Ease in a World of Dis-ease: Lockdowns, Trauma and Yoga

Sandra Palmer

FRIDAY 4TH FEB

Moving with the Moon: Yoga for Your Menstrual Cycle

Ana Davis

Simple Physical Tools for Resilience

Simon Borg-Olivier

Mental Health and Community

Shannon Crow

Yoga’s Exquisite View of Life’s Meaning and Purpose: Finding and Living Out

Stephen Cope

Summit Wrap Up and Where To from Here

Dr Lauren Tober

Access the sessions after 7th February by joining the online Mental Health Aware Yoga training

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