MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS YOGA TEACHER TRAINING (55 HOURS)
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA | APRIL 20-25, 2020
Join us for the Mental Health and Wellness yoga teacher training in Charleston, South Carolina. This urban-style training is designed for our advanced teachers and will be co-led by Senior Yoga Medicine Teachers and Therapeutic Specialists Valerie Knopik, Ph.D, Diane Malaspina, Ph.D and Tiffany Cruikshank, L.AC., MAOM. Valerie’s expertise includes over 20 years of study and research on the intersection of biology and environmental stressors on various domains of mental health. Diane uses research-based interventions to coach clients on behavioral change that reduces stress, enhances relationships, and fosters healthy growth.
Together, these expert instructors will offer (i) an in-depth look at the science and therapeutic theory behind psychological health and wellness, (ii) interactive exercises and case studies to integrate the material, and (iii) the application of yoga and related approaches to work with, and to troubleshoot, a variety of mental wellness ailments that may arise with yoga students and private clients.
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
April 20-25, 2020
WHO IS THIS FOR?
For teachers dedicated to a higher standard of learning looking to deepen their knowledge.
The Mental Health and Wellness Yoga Teacher Training is a 55-hour advanced course for active yoga teachers who are actively pursuing their 500-hour certification with Yoga Medicine®. To fully benefit from this training, we recommend that anyone considering to enroll is actively working with students and clients within a yoga or therapeutic setting.
Yoga Medicine® believes that an experienced yoga teacher can be a benefit in conjunction with the healthcare network; and with our credentials, your students will know that their yoga teacher is well trained with a wide range of experience. Yoga Medicine® trains our community of teachers to understand the body and the therapeutic approaches within a yoga practice so that they can build a personalized practice to the individual across any yoga style or level of wellness.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Anticipated Daily Schedule
7-9:30am — Asana
9:30-10:30am — Breakfast
10:30am – 1pm — Lecture for Teacher Training
1-3pm — Lunch Break (on your own – explore Charleston!)
3-6pm — Lecture for Teacher Training
6-7pm — Restorative practice
7-8pm — Dinner (on your own – explore Charleston!)
The format of the yoga and mental health teacher training week will be familiar: each day begins with a 2.5-hour morning practice and ends with a restorative evening practice to tie together the course content of the day. There will be daily lectures in the morning and afternoon along with evening homework to help you retain the information. On each full day, the group will enjoy a healthy breakfast together. Unlike our other trainings in remote locations, this training is located in the heart of Charleston at the American Theater. So we will have long lunch breaks to give you time to stroll to an array of nearby bistros, healthy cafes, and diners for lunch. Each day will wrap up in time for dinner so you will have the evening to experience Charleston’s charm.
When booking flights, please keep in mind that the training begins with a morning asana practice at 7am on April 20th and ends with afternoon lecture at 5pm on April 25th. We recommend reviewing our attendance policy and cancellation/refund policy for more details before registering. Please consider acquiring travel insurance to help protect yourself from the unforeseen and unavoidable that may affect or prevent your participation in the training (sickness, injury, family emergency, weather, etc.)
Mental Health and Wellness Yoga Teacher Training (55 Hours)
Many yoga practitioners seek out yoga to relieve the effects of stress on both body and mind as well as to find support in managing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other emotions. This intensive yoga teacher training in South Carolina begins with a deeper look at the biological and environmental factors that make us ‘the way we are’. The curriculum examines the biology of behavior and emotion (i.e., genetics, epigenetics, neuroscience), common environmental stressors, and therapeutic theory with an exploration of the most common psychological difficulties, including but not limited to: depression, anxiety, trauma, and addiction. Importantly, this yoga teacher training is not designed to teach yoga teachers to be therapists. Rather, this course will provide yoga teachers with tools to work with, and to troubleshoot, a variety of psychological ailments that may come up in client sessions as well as in group classes. This training will also teach you how to understand the effects of stress and emotion on your own psychological health – i.e. the importance of self-care. A combination of case studies, journaling, and stress management planning will help to integrate the information. You will leave with a deeper understanding of how biology and environment interact with one another to affect mental health and wellness as well as strategies that will support and enhance your interactions with students as well as your individual practice.
This intensive yoga teacher training counts as 55 hours towards your 500-hour/1000-hour Yoga Medicine® certification. Directly following the intensive yoga teacher training you will be invited to take a short, online quiz to receive your certificate of completion.
Meet Your Teachers
Valerie is an endowed Professor of Human Development & Family Studies & E-RYT 500 living in Indianapolis, IN. With a PhD in Psychology, she is actively focusing on how our internal biology & our external physical environment can interact to positively change our mental health landscape.
THE AMERICAN THEATER
Address: 446 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Opened in 1942 as Charleston’s premier movie house, the American Theater’s sophisticated Art Deco architecture and timeless Hollywood glamour make this stylish event venue worthy of our urban style yoga teacher training retreat. Its prime location puts you within walking distance to all of the shopping, dining, and entertainment near to Upper King Street and Marion Square.
Charming fact: With the detailed restoration of the American Theater, showcasing handmade milk-glass chandeliers in the grand ballroom and the classic stadium-seat cinema, this Charleston icon earned a starring role in the well-known romantic drama film, The Notebook.
PRICING & POLICIES
Includes full training, breakfast on training days, and a detailed custom made manual
BEFORE YOU REGISTER
If you would like to join this 500-hour yoga teacher training, then please complete the online application (see link below) for the Yoga Medicine 500-hour program. An in-depth overview of the 500-hour curriculum and structure can be found here. Once your application has been approved, please proceed with registering for the room and payment plan of your choice.
If you have any questions about this training or the application process, please contact us at Info@YogaMedicine.com.
Note: if you have already submitted an application or you have been approved for the 500-hour program, then you do not need to re-apply.