Yoga therapy for PTSD scholarship

Yoga therapy for PTSD: Training Scholarship

Yoga and yoga therapy for trauma has become popular as there is a growing basis of clinical evidence and case reports that its application significantly supports those with PTSD in with the gentle reconnecting to their bodies, improving self-regulation, better socialisation, and increasing positive health behaviours. We’re honoured to announce that PTSD UK and The Minded Institute are offering four scholarship places for their ‘Yoga Therapy for PTSD’ online course in July to help support the new wave of professionals who can offer this therapy to help people with PTSD and C-PTSD. 

The four scholarships consist of a fully funded place on their upcoming online course which is accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

This unique training, run by Heather Mason, the first person in the UK to train with the Boston Trauma Center, not only provides participants with trauma-informed yoga skills, but does a deep dive into neuroscience expounding on how different modes of moving and breathing can positively influence trauma at various stages of acuity and complexity. Insights from neuroscientific research inform us that people who have PTSD need body based interventions to help process traumatic experiences and enhance the resiliency of the nervous system.  Over the years graduates of this programme have used the knowledge gained to work in hospitals, clinics, private practice, and brought their work into the medical and psychological spheres.

In this training you will learn how to use yoga to work with trauma in an evidence based, compassionate, and innovative way useful to your clients and also to yourself.

What the training will cover:

    • An overview of PTSD from a psychological, medical and neuroscientific perspective
    • Research delineating yoga’s value in PTSD
    • How to create safety when working with those with PTSD
    • The difference between yoga and yoga therapy when working with PTSD and how to assure sessions are yoga therapeutic
    • Why yoga is an important intervention in PTSD from a psychological, medical and neuroscientific perspective
    • How yoga is able to alter psychological and neurological functioning in individuals with PTSD and specific practices that can target particular presentations like freezing, hyperarousal, and dissociation.
    • Unique ways that yoga can be tailored to help those with PTSD in graduated and gentle fashion
    • Sensitivities and necessary precautions when using yoga to work with PTSD

The training runs online from Wednesday, 26th July 2023 – Sunday, 30th July 2023 inclusive from 10am – 5pm.

PLEASE NOTE: To be eligible for the scholarship place, you must already be a trained yoga teacher or mental health professional. 

To apply for one of these fully funded places on the Yoga Therapy for PTSD course, please complete the form below. Please note, there are two conditions for accepting the scholarship with us which we hope you don’t mind. They will help us spread the word about the benefits of yoga, but also help support funding applications for PTSD UK in the future too – to show the direct impact we’re able to have. The requests are that you will:

  • Provide us with a written account in 6 months time on the impact you’ve been able to make in your community (perhaps some quotes from any people you’ve been able to support, what classes you’ve been offering, the change you’ve noticed in the people you’ve been supporting, any anything else relevant).
  • Organise at least one free session/ or perhaps even a fundraiser class to help support people and spread the word about how impactful Yoga can be for people for PTSD and C-PTSD (this of course won’t be a ‘therapy’ class, but more an introduction for people who have never tried it before etc) (for mental health practitioners, this may take the form of an informal session sharing your wisdom on the benefits of yoga for your colleagues perhaps)

The place will be allocated to the four people who can demonstrate best how they will use this training to impact the lives of people with PTSD, and what this scholarship place will mean to them.




Find out more about the link between PTSD, C-PTSD, the nervous system, and how yoga can help support recovery from trauma here

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