Background & Who this is For:
I believe that to be ANY professional in ANY wellness or field of helping others, we are required to have a broader knowledge of the mind, ill-being vs well-being, from a neuroscience perspective to all macro cultural/economic/spiritual perspectives.
If you have been attending the Hypothesis ongoing meditation series, you will be prepared for this next level deep dive.
This course is a comprehensive design of neuroscience, nervous system teachings and the usefulness of mindfulness-based practices including luminaries from Buddhism to contemporary spirituality.
It is designed for anyone who is interested in the fields of health, wellness and medicine – including parents, mentors, leaders.
In 2003, a symposium of some the greatest doctors, psychiatrists and user-led professionals in mental health called The Grand Challenges in Mental Health gathered to discuss some of their predictions of mental health concerns on our globe, and the layers of impact from individual to socio-cultural. Since 2003, the global disability (DALY) of the affects of mental health challenges was estimated to affect around one billion of us – and these measurements have yet to considered the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This course is designed with the above as a multi-disciplinary approach in mind…regarding the mind!
We will explore topics:
- Basic neuroanatomy
- Yoga, mindfulness, pranayama – when are they helpful? Why? When are they not as helpful?
- Daily practices will be infused in all modules
- The neurotransmitters and neurohormones within the brain
- The effects of pharmaceuticals on the above
- Nature vs nurture – this one is contentious – to the paradigm of mental health pathology
- Ill-being vs well-being
- Epidemiology: how diseases are tracked, measured and looking at global statistics of anxiety and depression
- Techniques: what does an MRI do for us in terms of measuring brain health and wellness
- Therapies at a glance: an overview of different types of kinds of therapies available, for example: cognitive behavioural therapy, attachment therapy * please note, this is an overview of what they ARE not us actually doing them! You have to go back to school for this part.
- How different traditions/luminaries teach meditation and varying methods, understand some of the workings with what is happening biologically/physically in the brain and body, as well as the barriers to the practice
- Stigma is still very much present despite the openness of depression, for example.
- The biological foundations of neuroscience 101
- Techniques of neuroscience 101 (imaging, MRI, EEGS etc)
- Mindfulness – what is it?
- The nexus of yoga’s tradition with science
- How is science spiritual?
- Scientific reviews, abstracts on meditation & discussion
- Deep Rest, nidra and the nervous system
- Meditation 101 – many techniques will be explored – Practicum, quizzes, hOMework 😉
- Integration of research project
- Daily integration, meditation, practices
- Practicum, quizzes for certification seekers
I am deep in neuroscience studies and have found that there is a profound amount of research and science behind meditation, breath and deep rest.
The entire course if completed comes to 70 hours of continuing education credits for interested teachers.
Option to attend one or all six modules and pay per module.
Please note: For the in-person immersion you must attend all five modules to fully appreciate ALL of the material landing in your body and the supportive practices. This will take place on Bowen Island, BC, Sept 22-25, 9am-630pm
Option One: Do one module or pay per module ($250 + tax)
Option Two: All five modules ($800 + tax)
Option Three: All modules + in-person immersion ($1800 + tax)
All online modules run LIVE each day below from 12-4pm PST
Module One: The Biological Foundations of the Nervous System / Neuroscience, May 14 & 15, 12-4pm PST
Module Two: The Techniques of Measuring Brain Health, Disease and Practices to Help, June 11 & 12, 12-4pm PST
Module Three: The Big Ones: Neurotransmitters/Neurohormones, Behaviour & Pathways in the Brain & Why This Matters, July 9 &10, 12-4pm PST
Module Four: Common Mental Health Issues; Epidemiology and Luminaries, Aug 13 & 14, 12-4pm PST
Module Five: Mindfulness Practices & Neuroscience, Sept 17 & 18, 12-4pm PST
Module Six: Bowen Island, IN-PERSON practices, class, integration of the above material
Sept 22-25, 9am-12pm, 2-630pm PST (mindfulness based practices, yoga, pranayama, application of above learnings)
About Julia: I am currently studying my Masters of Neuroscience, Psychology & Mental Health at Kings College London, and have my B.Ed in Kinesiology (and Art History!) from McGill. I have graduated over 1000 teachers and practitioners in health and wellness all over the world from my school and have taught yoga, pranayama and meditation for twenty years. My first respected teacher in the passing of pranayama wisdom was Sri Tiwari Ji, a leading authority in pranayama and direct disciple of late Swami Kuvalayanandaji, founder of Kaivalyadhama, a pioneer institute in the field of scientific research in yoga. I have taught extensively in pranayama, nervous system and mental health, neuroendocrine system, digestive, lymphatic and respiratory systems.
* A small portion of each tuition fee towards: BC Indian Residential School Survivors Society out of Vancouver, BC, to contribute a small way to Truth & Reconciliation, Canada.