Mental Health Yoga

Yoga for Mental Health Training – Principles and Practices
Now taking registrations for the next training! Info to come about dates, times and delivery (in person or online).

To register contact or 780-608-0573.

Yoga clearly affects our mental and emotional well-being. But how? What are the mechanisms behind its positive effects? This training is dedicated to understanding how to teach and practice yoga in a way that facilitates mental health in yourself and/or your students. It looks at 12 key principles and practices that are essential for building a mental health oriented practice. We will look closely at what is required for developing mental health and how to embody this through yoga.

What will you get out of this training:
– An understanding of the mechanisms of how yoga can help mental health .
– Clear principles and practices that can be immediately implemented in your practice or teaching.
– The ability to begin teaching or practicing through the lens of mental and emotional well-being.
– An understanding of yoga’s scope and when to seek professional help.
– Self awareness and deepening connection to your own psychological landscape.
– Understanding the stress response and how to work with it.
– An understanding of how to cultivate a healthy relationship to oneself through yoga.
– An understanding the nature of resilience and how to build it.
– An experience of connecting to your emotional life through the body.
– The essentials of embodiment and how to access the “self” during your practice.
– Building the ability to stay with your inner experience and self regulate.
– Development of the ability to make more informed, intelligent choices in yoga and life through increased self connection.

This workshop is an introduction to the main tenets of this style of yoga and will include a balance of lecture, conversation and experiential exercises with the intention of giving participants a sense of what a psychologically informed practice might be like. Further workshops and retreats will be offered to help interested practitioners deepen their understanding of each of the principles and practices.

About the teacher: Pamela Moskie is a Registered Psychologist with 17 years of teaching yoga in central Alberta. She has studied yoga extensively with various teachers and has sought to understand the psychological mechanisms behind yoga for over a decade. She has applied knowledge of these mechanisms in her clinical practice in which she works with all variations of mental health concerns. She has a background in training in body centered approaches to psychotherapy and is currently training in spiritual direction with a Jungian teacher from Seattle. She has taught classes in sociology and psychology at the University of Alberta Augustana Campus in Camrose, including a recent class in the cognitive basis of mindfulness. Pamela has taught workshops in Edmonton on trauma informed yoga and yoga for emotional intelligence. She is passionate about yoga as a tool for inner work and moving beyond the physical practice to yoga as a path for psychological and spiritual wellness.

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
Meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
— Jelaluddin Rumi,
 translation by Coleman Barks