For centuries, yogis and Chinese medical practioners have studied and refined the principles and practices of mental, physical and spiritual balance that have specific relevance for our contemporary lives. These teachings hold answers to some of the most important mental health questions of today and provide guidance for those seeking to heal themselves at every level of being.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Among these ancient texts we find the psychology of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, texts referred to as The Upanishads, and a variety works that reveal Chinese medical practices known as Qigong and Tai Chi Chuan. All of these practices are directed to quiet the mind and relax the body so that health can be restored. Through movement, meditation and breath control, we are given instruction about how to increase positive energy. This increased energy in turn gives us greater vitality and optimism, two important components of mental health Specific practices focus on radical self-acceptance and self esteem, which add to our sense of satisfaction with our lives, our partners and our families.
We learn to self-assess our problems and their roots. We learn techniques of mental control such as focused attentiveness, imagery and meditation. We learn how to reduce stress and relax the body, turning on the parasympathetic nervous system. We learn how deal with painful emotions. We learn how to release “bottled up” emotions. All of these techniques lead to improved functioning on every level — AND these techniques can be incorporated into clinical or mental health settings by social workers, psychologists, nurses, physicians and counselors.
These techniques are not only helpful for our clients, but also helpful for ourselves and our colleagues. By learning to incorporate these techniques into our work, we can avoid problems such as burnout, backache, neck pain, and other conditions of chronic work stress.
Our course introduces the Yoga psychology and philosophy that are inherent in
The Yoga Sutras – The central focus of our training involves focus on “
Svadhyaya – ” or the “study of the Self”. We practice techniques of both Indian and Chinese healing movement referred to as Yoga and Qigong, respectively. Techniques of mental control, mental clarity, intuitive clarity and the relaxation response are practiced daily.
As the course progresses, you will learn how to incorporate some or all of these practices into your work setting. Whether you are a social worker in a community mental health setting, a counselor working with the elderly, or a psychologist working in a prison setting, these techniques can be modified to meet the needs of your unique work situation.
The full course is divided into three parts, as described in more detail below. Each segment of this three-part program can be taken independently for a certificate of completion and CEUs, or you can participate in all three for a certification from Silver Lotus Training Institute in Svadhyaya Yoga™, Tai chi & Qigong for Social Workers and other Mental Health Practitioners. Contact your State Licensing Board to make sure your State recognizes the programs that have been approved by NASW.
These trainings are an invitation to relax, learn, transform your work and, most of all, to ENJOY YOURSELF! We hope to see you soon!
For more information, or to discuss your individual needs, contact Susan Hamadock , LCSW, by email or by phone at 302-644-0130, ext. 8.
Training Workshops and Dates
Svadhyaya Yoga™, Tai Chi & Qigong for Social Workers & Other Mental Health Practitioners– Part I
Course Description: This program focuses on the fundamentals of Yoga Psychology, as put forth in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Also included are the fundamental principles of Taoism and fundamentals of Tai Chi and Qigong.
Each day includes a Mind/Body practice with a focus on self-understanding and self-acceptance through Yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong. The practice includes meditation and deep relaxation as well as movements that generate an alert, steady mind and a comfortable and relaxed body. These practices become the paradigm for understanding the role Yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong can play in a variety of mental health settings. Part I of this program includes techniques of teaching these practices to your clients in both a clinical and general setting. You will learn how to incorporate these skills into your work with individual clients, as well ashow to teach these holistic practices to groups of clients, colleagues or your staff. Your ideas, questions and concerns specific to your clients and agency will be discussed as well.
No prior education or experience in Yoga, Tai Chi or Qigong is necessary. Come in comfortable clothes. Re-energize yourself and your practice. Enjoy the beach. Enjoy the training!