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Yoga for Anxiety & Depression – 20 Hour Training – FULLY BOOKED

17 February @ 9:30 am - 19 February @ 3:00 pm UTC+8


Yoga for Anxiety & Depression – 20 Hour Training

You are invited to join Martine McDougall, a mental health professional who works as a mental health clinician and also uses yoga therapeutically as a tool for mental health and wellbeing. This 20-hour training is part of the 100 hour Yoga for Embodiment & Healing Training Program and can be booked as an individual module

As people who work with others, we will encounter people suffering from, physical, mental and emotional pain. The elements of yoga that have for thousands of years been shown to support us by balancing our nervous system, lowering our heart rate, encouraging self reflection and introspection are part of what we know works. With the latest research we also know that interoception, choice making, empowerment not by achieving goals or postures, but by choosing what is right for your body has the capacity to rewire our brain.


As a clinician, yoga teacher, Doctor, nurse, teacher or human service worker we come across people who have suffered  from chronic stress on a very regular basis. This training will give you the tools to support your clients to be able to use their bodies as a resource in an empowering way, and over time supporting the rewiring of the brain and fostering the ability to self regulate and self soothe. When we feel safe in our bodies we are better able to relate, learn and grow emotionally.

In this 20 hour course participants will cover:

  • Exploration of the neurobiology of anxiety and depression.
  • Understanding and being aware of signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  • Normalising anxiety as a necessary and adaptive behaviour for survival.
  • Understanding the role of genetics, personality, environmental and situational factors and attachment style in determining how to work with your student / client.
  • Understanding the role of thoughts and body sensations in the presentation of anxiety and depression.
  • The role of the nervous system and gaining an understanding of left and right brain presentations of anxiety and depression and the need to be able to recognise both.
  • The impact of mindfulness and other evidence based supports to complement treatment for students suffering from anxiety and depression.
  • Teaching postures, breathing and mindfulness techniques that can be utilised to create a program that is suitable for a group and for individuals depending on the type of class or presentation of the individual.


Who is this training course designed for?

  • Yoga Teachers and yoga teachers in training who are  interested in expanding their teaching skills and developing more confidence in working with students / clients who suffer from trauma and mental health difficulties. Yoga teachers will develop a much deeper understanding of the concepts of Yoga Psychology and it’s capacity to empower students by providing safe and inclusive yoga practices with awareness.

  • Mental Health Professionals who are interested in bringing the body into treatment. There is now a significant body of evidence that has seen a marriage between yoga and Psychology. Neuroscience has shown that the mind and body are intrinsically linked and that trauma resides in the body. It has been my experience that when clients learn to befriend and trust their body, the capacity for clients to engage in therapy in a much safer and satisfying way is achieved. Yoga engages the nervous system teaching distress tolerance by balancing the nervous system, enhancing opportunities for neuroplasticity to occur by moving and breathing in a community setting with intention and on purpose.
  • Wellbeing professionals who are interested in the mind body connection and working in a holistic way towards healing and recovery.
  • Students of Yoga who are interested in further and deepening their knowledge in the context of ‘self’,  working on their own journey towards total wellbeing and personal discovery.
  • Teachers, nurses, first responders and all human service workers who come into contact with students/ patients who are distressed and overwhelmed and require significant support and containment. This course will give you the confidence to use grounding and stabilising techniques by using the body, breath and awareness of how the brain responds to anxiety.

Spaces are limited for this training, once the spaces are reserved the bookings will close. All payments are non-refundable to minimise last minute cancellations. You are welcome to substitute a friend in your place should you become unable to attend. Please arrive at 9.20am to get set up on first day of the workshop on Friday 17th February 2023 at starting at 9.30am.

All levels of yoga ability are very welcome. You do not need to be a yoga teacher to attend this training.

Martine is a yoga teacher, a psychotherapist who has significant experience in the public mental health system and in private practice and a certified Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga teacher, who was trained in this modality at The Boston Trauma Centre.

All equipment is provided, there is no need to bring anything except maybe a bottle of water. You are of course welcome as always to bring your own mat if you prefer.


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Yoga for Anxiety & Depression –  20-hour Training
17th February 2023 – Sunday 19th February 2023

  • Friday 17th February 9.30am-5pm
  • Saturday 18th February 1pm-6pm
  • Sunday 19th February 9.30-3pm


Investment: $595 as a single module. This module can also be done as part of the 100 hour Yoga for Embodiment & Healing Course (see Training page on website for details)

Payments can be made by Direct Bank Transfer to:

Westpac Bank

BSB 036-069   ACC 775394

Please confirm payment by emailing hello@theyogaclinicperth.com and a receipt will be sent for payment and placement confirmed.

Training will be held at the Pax Centre, 160b Cambridge Street, West Leederville.






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West Leederville, WA 6007 Australia
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