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Mental Health First Aid for Yoga Teachers and Practitioners Module

1st October 2021
at Online Course

Mental Health First Aid for Yoga Teachers and Practitioners Module

Tutor: Cathy-Mae Karelse

Date: 1st October 2021

Time: 09:30 - 13:00

Location: Online Course

Type of Event: Modules

Places Available: 16

Course Title:
Mental Health First Aid for Yoga Teachers and Practitioners

Start & End Dates:

Friday 1st October – Friday 22nd October

Time (with tea breaks):




Information about the course:

Mental illness, especially in recent months is on everyone’s radar. 

Yoga can help! 

This Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England training for Yoga Teachers and Practitioners offers the full MHFA course AND helps you understand your role as a Yoga teacher or practitioner in detecting, responding appropriately and supporting anyone presenting with mental illness. You also gain greater knowledge, understanding and practice in how yoga can foster and maintain mental health including your own.

The course covers multiple topics ranging from anxiety and eating disorders to bipolar and psychosis. You will learn the MHFA Action Plan which equips you for professional, family, and social contexts. 
You will also learn about polyvagal theory and how to resource yourself to support your own mental health and that of your community’s. In addition, you apply what you learn on the MHFA training to yoga contexts. You consider how you would use your new knowledge in yoga spaces. In addition, you revisit yoga practices from this renewed perspective to appreciate how you can support yourself and others. In this way, the course switches on your yoga practice. It combines some theory with practice and application.

MHFA England will provide you with a comprehensive manual and workbook which we’ll work through on the course. You will also receive an electronic workbook to support the yoga theory and practice components. In addition, you complete ±12 hours’ worth of work outside of our online sessions, guided by videos and worksheets on Enably, the MHFA delivery platform. 

There are two course options targeting different days. Each spans 21 contact hours.

Option 1 in October will be delivered over six mornings spread over three weeks to give you time to complete the self-directed study in the afternoons or over weekends. 

Option 2 in November is scheduled for three Wednesdays with breaks in the mornings, afternoons and middle of the day for respite. 

This course is double-accredited: 
you will receive an MHFA Certificate valid for three years. 
You will also receive a BWY Certificate which will contribute to your understanding of Yoga, your calibre as a Yoga Teacher, and to CPD requirements. 
As a Mental Health First Aider, you will also have access to an MHFA portal with well-designed MHFA resources, First Aider networks and regular updates from MHFA England.

Course Dates and Timings:

Both courses are fully Online: 

October: [Fri 1st brief orientation] Course start: Mon 4th; Fri 8th; Mon 11th; Fri 15th; Mon 18th; Fri 22nd [end]

Venue Address:

Enably + Zoom

MHFA & Yoga Prospectus

MHFA for Yoga Application Form

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