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Yoga: A Key to Mental Health?
Psychological and physiological mechanisms for emotional regulation

Keynote speakers:
Marcy McCall, Dr Richard Brown, Dr B.N. Gangadhar, Dr Pat Gerbarg, Shaura Hall, Paul Harris, Dr Lisa Kaley-Isley, Heather Mason, Swami Saradananda, Veena Ugargol and Dr Elizabeth Visceglia

Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 March 2015

As yoga's original purpose was to calm the mind, its many practices are all geared towards the cultivation of psychological ease. Whether focusing on postures, breath-work, or meditation each element of yoga was developed to evoke mental energy and to quieten the mind. Thus, it is not surprising that research into the benefits of yoga reveal that it enhances mood. As chronic stress and related mental health issues are reaching unprecedented levels even more people are looking to yoga. Teachers are finding they require special skills to work with mental health issues presenting in class, while psychotherapists and healthcare professionals have become interested in how yoga may be integrated into their work to support a mind-body approach to emotional wellbeing.

In this seminal international conference we will explore yoga's role in mental health, the psychophysiological mechanisms that underpin its positive effects, and how specific yoga practices can be taught to different mental health populations in safe, appropriate, and innovative ways. In effect we will deeply and profoundly explore yoga's special role in providing emotional regulation and its function in promoting mental health via specific psychophysiological mechanisms. Geared towards yoga teachers and mental healthcare professionals the conference will present research from world leaders in the field while offering specialised workshops that will educate participants in how to use practices with different patient populations.


Marcy McCall
Marcy McCall MacBain, MSc, DPhil Candidate in Evidence-Based Health Care, University of Oxford, has recently completed a doctoral thesis that applies the Medical Research Councilís framework to develop yoga intervention for the health-related quality of life in adult cancer patients. Read more...

Dr Richard Brown
Dr. Richard P. Brown, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University, gives over 200 lectures and workshops every year. He completed his MD at Columbia University, Psychiatry Residency and fellowship in Psychobiology and Psychopharmacolgy at Cornell University Medical College. Read more...

Dr B.N. Gangadhar
Dr B.N.Gangadhar is Professor of Psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, INDIA and has been on the faculty there since qualifying in 1981. He was formerly the Medical Superintendent of NIMHANS hospital till Jan 2010. He has published over 240 scientific articles in peer-reviewed national and international journals. His research areas include electroconvulsive therapy, Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, yoga, schizophrenia and community psychiatry. He heads an advanced centre for Yoga therapy at NIMHANS. He received the Sir CV Raman award in 1999 and the BC Roy award in 2010 by the Karnataka Government. Read more...

Dr Pat Gerbarg
Patricia Gerbarg, MD, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry NY Medical College, graduate Harvard Medical School and Boston Psychoanalytic Institute, integrates standard and complementary treatments. Her research focuses on mind-body practices for survivors of mass disasters, such as the Southeast Asia Tsunami, 9/11 WTC attacks, Gulf Oil Spill, and veterans. With Dr. Richard Brown she co-authored How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health Care, Non-Drug Treatments for ADHD, and The Healing Power of the Breath (Shambhala 2012). Read more...

Shaura Hall
Shaura Hall has a wealth of experience in addictions. She has worked delivering yoga and relaxation in the recovery field since 2009. She is a trained MBRP (Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention) facilitator and addictions recovery coach. As well as being a Yoga Therapist for mental health she is a 500 RYT with Yoga Alliance; drawing from training in both the kundalini and hatha traditions. She works on the faculty for Minded Institute and effectively co delivers their 30hr CPD 'yoga and mindfulness for addictions' course. She is currently working towards a BSc in Health Sciences with the Open University. Read more...

Paul Harris
Paul Harris is an Integrative (Somatic Arts) Psychotherapist (MA UKCP) & Supervisor, trained at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education where he is a member of faculty. He maintains a busy private practice working with children, adults, families and groups, specializing in developmental trauma, addiction, sexuality and transpersonal issues. Read more...

Dr Lisa Kaley-Isley
Dr Lisa Kaley-Isley has been licensed as a clinical psychologist in the United States since 1992, and was first introduced to yoga in 1993. Before relocating to London, she was the Chief of Psychology, Director of Psychology Training, and founding Clinical Director of the Integrative Medicine program at The Childrenís Hospital in Denver, Colorado, USA. Since 2004, she has been bridging her knowledge of psychology and yoga to provide yoga therapy to individuals struggling with the everyday stresses of life, mild to severe anxiety and depression, and the concomitant physical and psycho-emotional challenges of coping with acute and chronic medical illness. Read more...

Heather Mason
Heather Mason is the founder of the Minded Institute an organization that both trains professionals and develops, implements, and researches innovative methods for mental health treatment based on the fusion of yoga therapy, mindfulness techniques, neuroscience, and psychotherapy. The Minded Institute offers a renowned 500 hr yoga therapy training program in the UK for professionals who are specifically interested in using yoga therapy to work with clinical mental health populations, runs regular CPDS, and creates mind-body interventions for stress and mental health disorders. Read more...

Swami Saradananda
Swami Saradananda is an internationally-renowned yoga and meditation teacher who inspires you to want to practise. She is the author of a number of books, including Yoga Mind and Body, Relax and Unwind with Yoga, Chakra Meditation, The Power of Breath and The Essential Guide to Chakras. Her latest book Mudras for Modern Life is scheduled to be published in October 2014. Read more...

Veena Ugargol
Veena Ugargol is a Yoga Therapist for Mental Health, Yoga Teacher and Yoga Researcher. Having recently completed her BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology she will be going on to study the MSc in Neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry. Veena's special interest is in stress and anxiety disorders and part of her work involves teaching residents at the Anxiety Disorders Residential Unit, part of South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. Read more...

Dr Elizabeth Visceglia
Dr Elizabeth Visceglia is an American, licensed physician, Board certified in Psychiatry, and a 20+ year student of Yoga. She met her teacher, Guruji Prakash Shankar Vyas, a Kriya Yogi in the lineage of Lahiri Mahasaya, 15 years ago when she was living in Varanasi, India, and she continues to study and practice with him. She is the lead author of the first published US study exploring the effects of Yoga practice on people with schizophrenia, which found that Yoga has a profound impact on participantsí symptoms and quality of life. Read more...


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CPD Hours

Certificates of Attendance for 12 hours will be provided at the event

The Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre
Thornhaugh Street

09.00 Registration and coffee
09:30 Start
13.15 Lunch break
17.00 End

09.00 Registration and coffee
09:30 Start
13.45 Lunch
17.00 End