Ananda Yoga® Therapy Training: Psychology and Mental Health
Exploring Yogic, Ayurvedic, and Western Perspectives

Not scheduled at this time.

Faculty Nayaswami Mangala, Nayaswami Mantradevi and Therese Smith

We are not currently accepting new students in the Ananda Yoga Therapy Training


Yoga therapy has proved helpful for many chronic mental health conditions. Through a combination of lecture, discussion, case studies, and practicums, students are guided to apply practical and appropriate yoga therapy interventions for clients.

In this course you will:

*  Deepen your understanding of the mind and emotions and their interactions with thoughts and behaviors.

*  Understand basic pathophysiology, symptoms, treatments, and medical terminology for common mental health conditions, including how they impact a person’s life physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

*  Gain an understanding of how familial, social, cultural, and religious conditioning influence mental health conditions and their healing.

*  Be able to demonstrate good communication skills and how to set appropriate therapeutic boundaries with clients.

*  Explore the impact of various yogic techniques, such as asana, pranayama, affirmation, visualization, Energization Exercises, mantra, and prayer on the mind and emotions and on helping clients to actively engage in helping to heal their ‘harmful emotions.’

*  Deepen your knowledge of effective teaching methods (with both individuals and groups) and how to adapt to different styles of learning.

*  Deepen your knowledge of when and how to make appropriate referrals to mental health practitioners.

For more information, see Course Syllabus.

Nayaswami Mangala

Nayaswami Mangala

Director, Ananda Yoga®Therapy Training.  Certified Yoga Therapist, Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, Level 2 Ananda Yoga®Teacher, E-RYT-500

Director, Ananda Yoga Therapist Training

Nayaswami Mangala has an impressive background in yoga teacher training, Ayurvedic training and practice, and in-depth medical training and practice.

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Nayaswami Mantradevi

Nayaswami Mantradevi

Personal Transformation Retreat Teacher, Spiritual Pilgrimage Leader, Ananda Minister and Counselor, Raja and Ananda Yoga® Teacher.

What is a nayaswami?

Nayaswami Mantradevi teaches with insight, clarity and joy, gained from over 35 years of meditating and sharing yoga philosophy. Her concern for others is one of her key qualities, and she has the innate ability to communicate and apply spiritual principles to real life situations. Her classes are creative and experiential, with humor and discussions keeping them lively and interactive.

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Therese Smith

Therese Smith

Yoga Therapist, Ananda Yoga® Teacher

Theresa has been a Yoga and Meditation practitioner for over 32 years, and a passionate yoga teacher for 25 years. Director and Founder of Living Tree Yoga Studio in Sonoma County, CA, Theresa currently teaches four to five classes per week, and makes it a priority to lead retreats internationally or locally, to deepen students experience yearly.

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Prices are all-inclusive and cover accommodations, meals, classes or activities, and course materials.

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Ananda Yoga® Therapy Training: Psychology and Mental Health starts the afternoon of the first date listed and ends with lunch on the last date listed. Check-in is anytime between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at our Front Desk. Your room will be available by 3:00 p.m. Dinner is at 6:30. The first gathering of your group is after dinner.
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Ananda Yoga® Therapy Training: Psychology and Mental Health starts the afternoon of the first date listed. It’s ideal to arrive before 4 pm, if you are able to. That way, you can join in the afternoon session of yoga and meditation, which begins at 4:45 pm. Dinner is at 6:30. The first real gathering of your group is at 7:30 pm. If you need to arrive here after 5 pm, that’s fine, but it helps us if you let us know at 800-346-5350. We can also put aside a dinner for you if you need to arrive after 7 pm. The program ends with lunch on the last date. Please see our Daily Schedule.

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