In this training you’ll learn the basics of how to make your yoga classes and offerings psychologically safer for students with mental health conditions. You’ll gain confidence and clarity on how to respond to students struggling with their mental health who are needing more support than you can provide.
Do you question your role and responsibilities as a yoga teacher when students present with mental health challenges or diagnosed conditions?
Are you worried you might unintentionally cause psychological harm or distress to a student?
Do you feel uncertain about what to say and how to respond to students when they disclose that they have a mental health condition or are struggling with their mental health?
Read more below about this specially designed online Mental Health training for Yoga Teachers.
What we cover:
Why this training and why now?
The Australian Bureau of Statistics 2017-2018 report found that 1 in 5 Australians (20%) have a mental or behavioural condition. Research has also shown that more than half of all yoga students (58.4%) begin to practise yoga to support their mental health and then continue coming to classes for the psychological benefits they experience!
If you are a yoga teacher sharing yoga in your community, you will CERTAINLY have students with mental health challenges or diagnosed conditions attending your classes or offerings. It could even be safe to say that in every single class you teach there would be at least one person who has a diagnosed mental health condition.
There is no doubt that the current worldwide pandemic and the associated lockdowns we have experienced have had an extremely negative impact on the mental health of many people within our community. As a result, more people will be turning to yoga to ease the stress and anxiety they are experiencing during this time. This pandemic is far from over and the impact on people’s mental health will be seen for years to come.
As a yoga teacher, wouldn’t you like to feel prepared for the growing number of students that will come to your classes or offerings wanting support for their mental health?
WHEN: Next live training April 2023, TBC.
WHERE: Live call online via Zoom.
COST: $49 AUD
If you have any questions about this training, please reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Outcomes from Mental Health Awareness Training
Who is this training for?
This training does NOT cover how to:
Why learn from me?
I am an experienced Yoga Teacher who has also worked extensively in the Australian mental health sector for over 12 years in various roles, including mental health outreach support worker, complex care case manager, telephone and face-to-face counsellor, and wellness coach. I have an in-depth understanding of the Western approach to mental health, the Australian mental health care system, and how to support others with their mental health. As a Yoga Teacher I understand the nature of the role, and recognise the broad ranging skills that are required to facilitate safe, accessible, and inclusive yoga classes and offerings to students.
With over a decade of experience working in the mental health sector, I feel confident supporting yoga students with their mental health whilst setting and maintaining professional boundaries around the student-teacher relationship. However, I am aware not all yoga teachers have this experience or knowledge and most YTT trainings do not cover mental health. I have put this mental health awareness training together to support fellow yoga teachers in the community so that we all can make a difference by sharing the practice of yoga in mental health informed way.
Feedback from past attendees:
“This is the kind of training and information that all yoga teachers need in their initial YTT but don’t actually get! It is essential for all teacher to do this. I enjoyed most: the tips and ideas to keep in mind when guiding a class. Adding the trauma/PTDS to enrolment form, I hadn’t considered that. Very well resourced.” – Ashlynn, Yoga Teacher NSW
What did you enjoy most about the training? “Finding out that it is important to always offer options, not just in postures and poses but joining in the start/end of a class, breath work etc. e.g. “I invite you” or “you can choose to do this or that”. Learning about how PTSD can be triggered by a sound for example was interesting and something I had not thought of.” – Corrine, Yoga Teacher VIC
“Thanks Steph! Great workshop! Wonderful.” – Glenis, Yoga Teacher QLD
“I actually enjoyed the whole training, it’s jam-packed with useful and helpful information.” – Allan, Yoga Teacher, Philippines.
Stephanie Beauverd (BSocSi(Psych), GradDipCouns) is a qualified Counsellor and a certified Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Teacher. Stephanie has worked in several roles over the past 12 years within the mental health and community services sector, in large non-for-profit organisations as well as in private practice.
As a Yoga Teacher Stephanie has completed extensive training in how to teach trauma- sensitive yoga and how to teach yoga for mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. Stephanie completed her foundational 200-hour teacher training in India in 2018 and has completed over 110 hours of yin yoga studies with Jo Phee. She has also undertaken additional anatomy training with Simon-Borg Olivier, completed the course ‘Teaching Yoga for Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, & Body Image’ with Sarah Ball, and philosophy studies with Michelle Cassidy. In addition to yoga training, Stephanie has completed extensive mindfulness training with Mindful Waves Melbourne and the MiCBT Institute. Read more here.
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I live and work on the Woiworung land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. I acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities as the Traditional Custodians of this land that we now call Australia. I pay my respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging. I recognise that their sovereignty was never ceded.