One of the best ways to improve depression, anxiety, post-partum depression and other mental health concerns is to practice yoga. And science seems to agree! In the past, we’ve discussed how yoga literally changes the size and function of your brain to increase mindfulness and decrease many of the negative thinking patterns associated with mental illness.

Opening up to loved ones or seeking help from professionals is a terrific first step in improving your mental health. However, mental health is a continuous journey. Practicing mindfulness, exercising and getting in touch with your true self through yoga is a great way to maintain positive changes in your mental health.

This year, we have all kinds of great workshops to improve people’s connections to their emotions. We’re hoping one of these workshops proves helpful so you, or someone you teach, can achieve better mental wellness.

Seane Corn’s THE YOGA OF AWAKENING

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Date: Sunday April 2nd
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Course Code: SU2COR
Find it in the Guide: Page 6

Why You Should Go:

Seane Corn believes that healing begins when we begin to better understand the connection between consciousness and our mind, body and spirit. This class will help you discover how your emotional life can have a lasting effect on your health. Seane will lead the discussion and provide tools to interpret these emotional messages in a more spiritual way.

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Ashley Turner’s MEDITATION, MINDFULNESS & NEUROSCIENCE

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Date: Sunday April 2nd
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Course Code: SU2TUR
Find it in the Guide: Page 14

Why You Should Go:

Ashley Turner is one of the leading experts on how artfully combining Western and Eastern psychologies in a yoga class. She has written articles on improving mental health through yoga and remains a great resource for people struggling with mental illness. This class is designed to introduce strong meditation techniques that can allow yoga teachers and clinicians to better adapt mindfulness practices to meet their students’ emotional needs.

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Dr. Blake Martin’s NEVER NOT BROKEN: YOGA, DEPRESSION AND A NEUROBIOLOGY OF HOPE

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Date: Saturday April 1st
Time: 3:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Course Code: SA4MAR
Find it in the Guide: Page 33

Why You Should Go:

With a PhD in Kinesiology, a Graduate Diploma in Neuroscience, and nearly 30 years experience in dance, yoga and martial arts, Dr. Blake Martin knows a thing or two about how body and mind comes together. In this workshop, Dr. Blake will lead a discussion of how depression is grounded in the physical body and how the movements in yoga can alter and change the depression-causing physical structures in the brain.

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Lisa Messina’s AWAKEN TO YOUR WHOLE SELF EMOTIONALLY: YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO FEELING

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Date: Saturday April 1st
Time: 3:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Course Code: SA4MES
Find it in the Guide: Page 24

Why You Should Go:

As a student of yoga, dance and Relational Somatic Psychotherapy, Lisa uses many tools to help you better understand your body and mind. You’ll walk away from this workshop with a better understanding of how emotions interact and combine, how others’ emotions affect you and how your emotions affect others. By opening up and discovering the nuances of our emotions, we can better understand and control them.

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Tama Soble’s YOGA FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

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Date: Thursday March 30th
Time: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Course Code: TH1SOB
Find it in the Guide: Page 62

Why You Should Go:

Tama is a deeply educated yogi who offers training and seminars internationally. In this full-day workshop, she will impart how asana, pranayama and meditation all help the body and mind return to homeostasis. By exploring the impact of these yogic practices on bringing you back to centre, you will find many valuable tools for improving both your physical and mental health.

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Andrea Lee’s IGNITING THE SPARK TO CONNECT MIND AND BODY, A STRUCTURAL APPROACH TO COMBATING DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY

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Date: Saturday April 1st
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Course Code: SA5LEE
Find it in the Guide: Page 52

Why You Should Go:

As the founder of Natural Alignments Osteopathy and Yoga Therapy, Andrea has gained a thorough understanding of the mechanics of the body. In this workshop, she will explore how structural restrictions in the body lead to inhibited neurovascular function. Or in layman’s terms, how we can use our body’s own natural resources in yoga to promote emotional balance and self-healing.

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Tamika Schilbe and Carolyn Burke’s THE EMOTIONAL BALANCING ACT: SUPPORTING YOUTH EXPERIENCING ANXIETY, DEPRESSION & TRAUMA

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Date: Sunday April 2
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Course Code: SU3HRY
Find it in the Guide: Page 65

Why You Should Go:

The earlier you can help people with mental health issues, the better. In this very specialized workshop, Tamika Schilbe and Carolyn Burke share a multidimensional approach to teaching yoga to a younger generation and to help young people deal with depression and anxiety. If you offer classes to a lot of young people or want to learn more about how to teach people through mental health, don’t miss this workshop!

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Remember, discussions and teaching on mental health is often the best way for people to find help or learn to help themselves. We’re hoping to give more yoga teachers the tools to inspire and assist people through mental health struggles in natural, healthy and mindful ways.