MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS YOGA TEACHER TRAINING (60 HOURS)
PORTLAND, OREGON | AUGUST 4-9, 2019
Join us for a brand new teacher training in Portland, Oregon on yoga for mental health and wellness. This urban-style yoga teacher training is designed for our advanced teachers and will be co-taught by Senior Yoga Medicine Teachers and Therapeutic Specialists Valerie Knopik and Diane Malaspina, and Yoga Medicine founder Tiffany Cruikshank. Valerie’s expertise includes over 20 years of PhD 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 changes to reduce stress, enhance relationships, and foster healthy growth.
Together, these expert instructors will offer:
- an in-depth look at the science and therapeutic theory behind psychological health and wellness,
- interactive exercises and case studies to integrate the material,
- 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.
AUGUST 4-9, 2019
WHO IS THIS FOR?
This training is for teachers dedicated to a higher standard of learning & a desire to deepen their knowledge.
The Mental Health and Wellness yoga teacher training is a 60-hour advanced course for 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 (provided)
10:30am-1pm — Lecture
1-3pm — Lunch & Break (on your own – explore Portland!)
3-6pm — Lecture
6-7pm — Restorative Practice
7pm — Dinner (on your own – explore Portland!)
* Set aside 30-60 minutes each evening for review/homework
The format of this training week will be familiar: each day begins with a 2.5-hour morning practice & ends with a more restorative practice in the evening to tie together the course content of the day. There will be daily yoga teacher training lectures in the morning & 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 Portland city-center at Everett West located in the iconic Pearl District. So we will have long lunch breaks to give you time to stroll to an array of nearby bistros, healthy cafes & diners for lunch. Each day will wrap up in time for dinner so you will have the evening to experience Portland’s charm.
Mental Health and Wellness Yoga Teacher Training (60 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 begins with a deeper look at the biological and environmental factors that make us ‘the way we are’. This yoga teacher training 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 yoga teacher 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 60 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.
Alysia is a Yoga Medicine Teacher working toward her 500hr and a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. She is currently an Assistant Coach at UC Santa Barbara and working to open a studio focused on brain health to help others improve their cognitive performance.
Teresa is a Naples, Florida-based certified yoga teacher & nationally board certified Doctor of Oriental Medicine with a specialty in Women’s Health and Fertility. She completed her 200hr certification with Yoga Medicine and is working to finalize her 500hr advanced training.
Allie is a Yoga Medicine® Registered Therapeutic Specialist, RYT 500 and RPYT based in Boulder, Colorado. She specializes in Myofascial Release and Prenatal Yoga and has a passion for therapeutics in yoga. She leads YTTs, workshops, group classes and private lessons. Allie is currently working towards her 1000-hour certification with Yoga Medicine.
As an E-RYT yoga teacher and head softball coach, Brie focuses on the mindfulness practices of yoga and anatomy to guide her students and athletes. While Brie loves being in the seat of teacher, she thinks of herself as a student first and enjoys how she always discovers something new about yoga and herself when teaching and practicing yoga.
Address: 914 NW Everett Street, Portland, OR 97209
Portland’s newest urban event venue (opened Fall 2018), Everett West is located in the heart of the Pearl District. Showcasing exposed brick, reclaimed wood walls, wide-open concrete floors, and shimmering chandeliers – it is a polished industrial oasis for our urban style yoga teacher training retreat. Enjoy a farm-to-table breakfast each day from their partner/owner Artemis Foods, Portland’s best local and sustainable catering company.
The prime location puts you within walking distance to all of the shopping, dining, and entertainment of the Pearl District, Pioneer Square, and downtown. Famous boutiques, bookstores, breweries, and performing arts are just steps away.
INCLUDES 6-DAY TRAINING ACCESS, BREAKFAST EACH MORNING, AND A DETAILED, CUSTOM-MADE MANUAL
PRICING & POLICIES
BEFORE YOU REGISTER
If you would like to join this 500-hour yoga teacher training, 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 & 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.