Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Yoga Pscyhology & the Neuroscience of Pain and Stress related Disorders – 20 Hour Training

19 May @ 9:30 am - 21 May @ 3:00 pm UTC+8


Yoga Psychology & the Neuroscience of Pain and related Disorders – 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. Further to this Yoga has provided a Psychology that goes alongside the practical elements of the practice. This workshop shall explore this in depth, by further exploring the ‘mind’ in relation to yoga.

Learning to become insightful into our inner journey can be liberating as we make sense of our life experiences by understanding and coming to a place of acceptance and self awareness. Only then can we be of service to others.

“Nature and her ways are truly inscrutable to mortals. You can set out on your life’s journey intent on heading west, but if she wills you to go east your road will wind around until you point eastward.” Dr Robert E. Svoboda

In this 20 hour course participants will cover:

  • The interaction between body and mind, Breath and Energy.
  • The sensory motor mind (manas).
  • Memory and repression (chitta)
  • The 8 Limbs of Yoga
  • The sense of “I” (Ahankara) Attachment and relationships.
  • The Psychology of Pain and the process of change
  • The Chakra system – The 7 centres of consciousness.
  • Modern day applications of yoga psychology for anxiety, depression, mood disorders, phobias, eating disorders, drug addictions, childhood disorders (ADHD, autism)
  • The impact of early attachment and the formation of Core Sensitivities
  • The role of Bodhichitta – The Awakened Mind
  • Psychological Insight work
  • Ayurveda and the Mind
  • Explore the ventral vagal brain/ heart connection
  • Healing the whole person – Higher knowledge and Practice
  • Breath and Energy


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 9.15am to get set up for the first day of the workshop on Friday 19th May 2023 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.


Book Now

Yoga Psychology & The Neuroscience of Pain and related Disorders –  20-hour Training

19th May 2023 – Sunday 21st May 2023

  • Friday 19th May 9.30am-5pm
  • Saturday 20th May 1pm-6pm
  • Sunday 21st May 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)

Bookings essential

Bookings can be made by making payment to:

MA Holding Pty Ltd

Westpac Bank BSB 036 069  ACC 775394

Please email confirmation of payment to hello@theyogaclinicperth.com and registration will be confirmed and a receipt sent.

Training is held at the Pax Centre, 180b Cambridge Street, West Leederville, WA 6007




The Yoga Clinic Perth/Pax Centre
160B Cambridge St
West Leederville, WA 6007 Australia
+ Google Map
View Venue Website