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Holistic Faculty Workshop: Yoga and Psychology

11 October 2019 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
This event is free and open to DCP Faculty of Holistic Psychology members only. Registration is required. See Pricing tab for more information.
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Registration deadline: 6 October

Yoga is a holistic system for developing awareness of physical, psychological, spiritual and emotional well-being and is increasingly recognised and practiced in modern secular society.  Its value alongside therapeutic approaches is being explored more closely with a growing evidence base. The ancient practice of yoga was described in a number of texts, notably Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. The workshop will enable delegates to learn and experience a better understanding of how these ancient philosophies can inform current psychological theory and practice. Inherent in the yoga tradition is the focus on psychological wellbeing and Patanjali’s sutras give equal emphasis on a range of facets to develop and sustain wellbeing.

This workshop will broadly cover:

  • A brief history of Yoga for health, personal growth and self-development 
  • Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras on the mind and how this relates to current secular mindfulness, and neuroplasticity 
  • Yoga Models for developing Insight
  • Applications of Therapeutic Yoga
  • Experiential practice and reflection

British Psychological Society
30 Tabernacle Street

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Lina Newstead, Yoga Teacher Trainer and Mindfulness Tutor
Lina Newstead is a senior British Wheel of Yoga teacher trainer having taught many foundation and teacher training diploma courses. She has been practising Yoga since 1975 and teaching for over 20 years. She has gained experience with Yoga teachers from many different traditions.  She has had extensive experience in teaching Yoga and Meditation to different groups; adults, children, teenagers, pregnant women, seniors and to students with special needs such as MS & ME, and other physical & mental health issues. Lina is a Mindfulness Now tutor and a tutor for Gentle Years and Yoga for Healthy backs. She teaches private classes, one –to –one Yoga and runs Yoga retreats and Meditation courses and days.  

Andy Curtis-Payne, Yoga Therapist, Teacher Trainer and Chair of The Society of Yoga Practitioners
Andy Curtis-Payne is a Yoga Therapist and has been teaching yoga in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar for over twenty years and believes passionately in using the breadth and depth of yoga tools for healing and transformation. Andy is the current Chair of The Society of Yoga Practitioners. He is a teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga and is registered with the British Council for Yoga Therapy. He teaches internationally, runs in-service training days all around the UK and is currently leading two Yoga Teacher Training Courses. He divides his time between one to one tuition/yoga therapy, training, weekly classes and workshops. Andy has travelled to India many times where he has studied with TKV Desikachar and in 2009 was certificated by him as a Teacher Trainer. 

Nina Dhiman, Yoga Teacher, Mindfulness Teacher and Clinical Psychologist
Nina qualified as a Clinical Psychologist and worked the NHS for 12 years. In the past she taught compassionate focused mindfulness approaches to NHS staff and service users.  Recognizing the need to work more holistically she incorporated yoga tools into her therapeutic work. She currently focusses on delivering courses, and retreat days in both mindfulness and yoga. Her teaching is intuitive with a therapeutic feel. She recently co-designed a six week Yoga Course with researcher Tracy Pellatt-Higgins for stress, burnout and anxiety for University Staff.  The course was informed by the existing evidence base and some of the results will be co-presented. Nina has found yoga as way of connecting to her Indian Heritage and is currently learning to chant the yoga sutras. 

Tracy Pellatt-Higgins, Research Fellow and Yoga Teacher
Tracy is a Researcher working at the Centre for Health Services Studies at the University of Kent and has worked in health related clinical trials for more than thirty years. She has been involved in a number of yoga and mindfulness research projects, including a study of mindfulness for GPs, and an evaluation of the ‘Manage your Mind’ program, a yoga based intervention for anxiety and depression. Most recently she obtained funding for and managed a feasibility study of a 6 week yoga therapy intervention for stress, anxiety and burnout in the workplace and some of the preliminary findings from this research will be co-presented with Nina Dhiman. Tracy is also a yoga teacher and integrative Counsellor and has practiced yoga for over twenty years.

Sue Heywood Everett, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Dr Suzanne Heywood-Everett is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who has significant experience working in the NHS with highly complex mental and physical health clients. She is a Mindfulness Teacher, supervisor and is currently Clinical Lead of a multi-disciplinary service based in General Practice. This service has been recognised in the press and National Guidance (such as the Kings Fund 2016; Centre for Mental Health 2018) for its holistic approach to physical and mental health - assessing and treating people in a fully integrated way. Suzanne has become interested in the promising outcomes for yoga and this holistic approach. She has recently completed a foundation course in yoga training with The British Wheel of Yoga and is continuing to deepen her personal practice and train as a yoga teacher with them. 

This is a free event for members of DCP Faculty of Holistic Psychology members only.

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