I am currently training in Yoga Therapy with The Minded Institute in London, biased toward Mental Health, and expect to graduate in the early part of 2019.
This is a two year post graduate course, considered to be a similar level to a Masters qualification, weaving together elements of Yoga, Neuroscience, Medical Physiology and Buddhist philosophy.
To be clear, training, and qualifying, as a Yoga Therapist makes someone neither a Doctor nor a Psychotherapist, nor for that matter a Yoga Teacher – Yoga Therapy is a separate discipline. The Yoga Therapy modality is unique in being able to bridge the gap between these discrete areas.
Yoga Therapy benefits from being evidence based, and there is much good quality independent research supporting tailored yoga interventions.
Yoga Therapy can assist with a wide range of physical and mental health conditions – at the very least there aren’t many situations in which gentle movement, breathing and a positive mindset can’t add value, and, of course, a therapeutic approach to Yoga can go much further on a situation specific tailored basis.
I would anticipate offering Yoga Therapy one on ones and small group courses from middle of 2019, and in the meantime my studies in this field inevitably influence informally my current range of class and private session offerings.