An Introduction to Yoga & Psychotherapy: The Science of Yoga

An Introduction to Yoga & Psychotherapy: The Science of Yoga

An Introduction to Yoga & Psychotherapy: The Science of Yoga Details

Workshop cost: £125 + booking fee / 20% discount + booking fee for Wimbledon Guild counsellors ONLY you must purchase your ticket via your Wimbledon Guild email address / 20% discount for trainee counsellors*/ Limited Early-bird discount of 15% + booking fee available until 18th February 2019 or until sold out.

The Workshop

A workshop for therapists and yoga teachers with an interest in the body and working somatically.

Therapists will gain an understanding of the clinical benefits of yoga for positive mental health, the impact of yoga on the autonomic nervous system and the importance of safety.

Today yoga, mindfulness and meditation are rapidly growing in popularity and this trend will continue. Scientific research is now able to measure the benefits of these practices and mainstream medical providers are adopting them as treatment for many psychological issues. As therapists, it is important we understand the science behind these decisions and the benefits of yoga for our clients and ourselves.

During the workshop we will explore:

The history of the body in therapy

What is yoga? Understanding yoga as more than a physical practice

The Autonomic Nervous System, Stress and Yoga

The Yogic and Eastern perspective on mind-body connections

Trauma Sensitive Yoga and the importance of safety

Neuroscience and yoga

Our embodied relationship with our clients

Therapists attending this workshop will take away the following tools for their clinical practice:

An understanding of the science of yoga and its benefits for positive mental health

Yoga breathing techniques and postures for depression and anxiety

Practical understanding of Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Accessible yoga resources for therapists and clients including reading list, audio and online practices


On the day of the workshop wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.

No yoga experience is required to attend this workshop, just an interest in yoga and the body.


This workshop is not designed to qualify participants to be a yoga teacher, yoga therapist or trauma sensitive yoga therapist. Instead, the workshop seeks to provide knowledge and skills to enhance the existing skills of therapists or yoga teachers within their existing scope of practice. Further training and support via supervision or personal therapy is always recommended when integrating new approaches into one’s existing work.

The trainer

Lorna Evans is an integrative Psychotherapist who works with a primary model of Transactional Analysis. Registered with UKCP & BACP, holding an MSc in Body Awareness & Psychotherapy.

Lorna’s clinical work is grounded in the knowledge that mind and body are fully integrated and what the therapist notices in the client’s body, or experiences in her own body, energy, tension, holding or other non-verbal phenomena is vital to bring into awareness and into the work with our clients.

Body awareness and knowledge of clinical mechanisms are essential to Lorna’s clinical work, in particular paying great attention to the power of the breath, energy in the body and the autonomic nervous system.

The contemporary clinical writings and research of Pat Ogden, Nick Totton, Bessel van der Kolk, Robert Shaw, Babette Rothschild, Daniel Stern, Peter Levine, Stephen Porges, Allan Schore and Danielle Siegel inspire Lorna in her work to integrate yoga and therapy. Lorna’s primary inspiration comes from the legacy of Wilhelm Reich and Fritz Perls.

Lorna has been a yoga practitioner for over twenty years and due to experiencing the psychological and physical benefits of yoga for herself, Lorna then trained as a yoga teacher in 2006 with the British Wheel of Yoga and has explored various yoga traditions including Hatha, Iyengar, Scaravelli, Yin, and Ashtanga. Lorna continues her yoga training, working with Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Center and Trauma Sensitive Yoga which is a clinically validated treatment for complex trauma and PTSD, this is by far the safest form of yoga Lorna has found to date. Trauma Sensitive Yoga has foundations in Trauma Theory, Attachment Theory, Neuroscience and Hatha Yoga practice with an emphasis on mind body connection, movement and breathing.

Lorna has worked with many international yoga teachers including Donna Farhi, Shiva Rea, Sarah Powers, Ana Forrest and various other teachers in India, Sri Lanka and America. This enables Lorna to gain insight into the various approaches to Yoga, so they can then be related to her clinical work in a simple, safe and nurturing way. Lorna teaches Trauma Sensitive Yoga at Mind and NHS Recovery College.


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Yoga Yoga published - 3 weeks ago.

Start: 05/18/2019 10:00

End: 05/18/2019 16:00

Timezone: UTC

Age: Everyone
Fitness level: All levels
Disabled facilities: No
Food available: No
Published on March 5, 2019 by


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