Often people with mental health conditions are “stuck” in western models that don’t provide positive enough outcomes. In this course, we look at two difficult-to-work-with mental health disorders, Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder. Students will learn about the current western models for the treatment of these conditions. We will then learn, as a Yoga Therapist, how to assess and work with clients suffering from these disorders in a safe way and how to stay within our scope of practice. Students will leave more confident in working with clients with these, as well as other mental health conditions.
Based on Brandt’s work with obesity and eating disorders, this course is an overview of approaching obesity and eating disorders from a yoga therapy perspective. Students will learn about the current state of treatment for these issues including the most up-to-date science surrounding them. Asana, pranayama, lifestyle, and meditation adaptations will be examined. We will examine integrating the koshic and doshic models for these populations with a focus on safe effective languaging will also be discussed.
Managing therapeutic relationships is a foundational skill for yoga therapists. In this course, students will explore possible issues in the therapeutic relationship. Students will learn how to manage and identify boundary issues, transference, and countertransference, and have a clear understanding of how to be ethical from a yogic perspective.