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The Biomedical Institute of Yoga and Meditation

The Biomedical Institute of Yoga and Meditation



21 Sep 2019

22 Sep 2019


20 Hours



Upfront Payment Required

20hr Higher-Level Learning

Certificate in BioMedical Yoga Therapy YogaBrain: The Brain that Changes

Saturday 21 September & Sunday 22 September

Book Before September 7 $399

For centuries yoga has prevailed as a “science of the mind”, and now modern neuroscience is starting to prove its amazing claim. Yogabrain is the integration of body, mind, and nervous system into full presence – the basis of a balanced, strong, and resilient nervous system. It has been shown now for multiple decades that by cultivating mindfulness through awareness, the breath, and active yoga practice have the ability to strengthen our tenth cranial nerve, and thus the vagal tone, which untimely has the capacity for a regulated, stable, and resilient central nervous system (for further literature on this, see here). Indeed, this notion has been identified by Steven Porges as the polyvagal theory, this now the foundation for many psychotherapeutic remedies to disorders of the mind and body.

Join Celia, Swami, and Samantha as they deepen your awareness and knowledge of the vast and amazing world of neuroscience and the nervous system and strengthen & explore your Yogabrain.

Saturday 21 September 2019

Hosted by Celia Roberts Bsc

Biomedical Yoga Therapy for Brain Neuroplasticity

9:30 – 1:00

Begin this weekend by attending to and understanding your own visceral states and traits. Learn the basics of what it means to have a brain that is affected by the wholesome practices of movement-based therapies such as yoga and seated meditation. Explore how this will assist you within your life and your ability to create an integrated holistic sense of wellbeing.

Celia has an extensive knowledge of neuroscience in conjunction with psychobiological states and how yoga practice has the capacity to change not only your current physiological and psychological state, so too your ability to change these states for the future of yourself and genetic generational change.

We will be exploring:

  • How the growth grey matter and cortical thickness changes by way of understanding the following neurobiological areas:
    • Anterior Cingulate Cortex: associated with such functions as self-regulatory processes, including the ability to monitor attention conflicts, and allow for more cognitive flexibility.
    • Prefrontal Cortex: primarily responsible for executive functioning such as planning, problem solving, and emotion regulation.
    • Hippocampus: The hippocampus is the part of the limbic system that governs learning and memory, and is extraordinarily susceptible to stress and stress-related disorders like depression or PTSD.
    • Amygdala: The brain’s “fight or flight” centre and the seat of our fearful and anxious emotions. Mindfulness practice decreases the amygdala in brain cell volume and cultivates a state whereby we are less reactive.
  • How to rectify the brain changes that occur in prolonged periods of stress, anxiety, depression and trauma.
  • Specific yoga Therapy methodologies for Brain and Nervous system health and compare the ancient philosophy side by side by modern neuroscience

Saturday 21 September 2019
Hosted by Samantha Lindsay German
Meditations for a Strong Nervous System
1:45 – 4:45

Continue your day, by learning through practice, the benefits of meditations on the mind, body, and nervous system. As aforementioned through practice our vagal tone is strengthened, cultivating a resilience, a confidence, an inner strength.

Samanatha Lindsay German focuses on strengthening and challenging the nervous system – making the differentiation between parasympathetic and sympathetic and knowing how to challenge and improve the central nervous system overall.

We will be exploring:

  • Further understanding and practical application in parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system control
  • How to challenge and improve the central nervous system
  • How to navigate tight spots and relax into being
  • Specific cleansing and strengthening exercises for a strong, resilient, healthy nervous system
  • Yoga therapy tools such as Sat Kriya, long holding postures, and trauma release exercises
  • How to apply yoga therapy tools for your own well-being and to teach others same

Sunday 22 September 2019

Hosted by Swami Mukti

Rewiring the Nervous system through Yoga

9:30 – 1.00

This is a wonderful morning of training the nervous system, mind and body with the revered Swami Muktibhodhananda. You will experience gentle asana and meditation techniques such as Yoga Nidra, Trataka, Antar Mouna, Mantra with mudras (hand gestures and locks).

Together we explore positive intention through the notion of the sankalpa in relation to neurobiological change based in pattern formation: With an intuit sankalpa we have the power to create new Nava Sharira Samskara (physical patterns) as well as new Nava Manas Samskara (mental patterns). Not only does this process of intentionally forming new physical and mental patterns directly relate to neuroplasticity and the formation of new physical and mental synaptic connections through repeated experiences, but so too of the process of abhyâsa and vairâgya (Sutra 1.12 – 1.16).

We will be exploring: 

  • How to use Sankalpa with Neuroplasticity
  • Notions that reflect the adaptive methodology of the embodied brain to facilitate optimal well-being.
  • Antar Mouna for the Mind
  • Trataka for one-pointed attention
  • Yoga Nidra for deep awareness

Sunday 22 September 2019

Hosted by Celia Roberts Bsc

Compassion Focused Therapy for Brain plasticity and Vagal tone

1:45 – 4:45

Join Celia in this immersive afternoon of neurobiological-based yoga practice with a compassion focussed therapy focus, investigations of the effects mindfulness and compassion meditation both have on the brain from a neuroscientific perspective will be explored.

We shall also touch upon the work of pioneering neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson and the Emotional Life of our brain. Davidson discovered that each of us has an Emotional Style, composed of Resilience, Outlook, Social Intuition, Self-Awareness, Sensitivity to Context, and Attention. Where we fall on these six continuums determines our own “emotional fingerprint.”

With this understanding behind us, we shall apply the therapeutic principles of mindfulness and Compassion focussed therapy as originally described by Paul Gilbert to treat the brain in trauma, stress, anxiety, depression and the addicted state

Compassion for self is an innate necessity, yet surprisingly something we, as a collective community often forget to do. Our minds work in connection with others, yet this connection first must begin within in order to have the capacity for true selfless altruism. Further, this innate necessity is remarkable, perhaps miraculous, as it works two-fold – meaning that the more compassion we offer to ourselves, the more compassion we can offer others, which in turn offers our minds, and neuro connectivity, growth, resilience, and integrated holistic wellbeing.

Opening our hearts and minds to loving others and ourselves is not an instantaneous thought driven concept. Indeed, opening the heart, building confidence, and cultivating compassion comes with yoga postures and practice that specifically are designed to beget an integrated mind, body, and soul that recognises the relationship between awareness, practice, and enlightenment.

“Compassion ~ to simply be kind to another, but firstly to one’s self.”

We will be exploring:

  • The neurology of compassion
  • What it means to strengthen your vagal tone
  • How your emotional wellbeing relates to the science of the mind and hormones
  • How to practice and teach meditation practices of loving-kindness and Thong Len
  • Therapeutic principles of mindfulness and Compassion focussed therapy
  • How compassion positive epigenetic changes within you

At the end of this 13-hour face-to-face weekend you will be provided with materials for reading as well as a BIYOME certificate of completion. This course is intended to provide you will a substantial knowledge base in yoga therapy – this however does not qualify you as a yoga therapist. We use the term “therapy” as a reference to varied methodologies that enable well-being.

Disclaimer and Waiver:

This weekend is a registered 20hr Yoga Australia training weekend and attracts CPD points for yoga teachers, therapists, allied health professionals. Interested members of the public who are engaged in the practices of yoga and meditation may attend for interest, education and higher-level learning.

These short courses do not qualify you to become a yoga teacher or therapist. By registering and attending this course you agree to our terms and conditions and our waiver as located here. For more information on how to become fully qualified, please check our teacher training and yoga therapy training for more details.

Website:   http://www.biyome.com.au

Email: [email protected]

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