Svastha Yoga Therapy | Module 5

Yogic Mindfulness, Reflection, Depression & Addictions (tamas)

This professional program on yoga therapy brings you the most effective aspects of traditional yoga (based on the teachings of Krishnamacharya) and Ayurveda combined with modern medicine. Designed especially for yoga teachers and advanced practitioners, the program may also be of interest to people from related fields.

Specific guidelines for different conditions and general treatment principles will be detailed, empowering you to safely and effectively address disabilities and ill-health through yoga. The goal is to enable participants to integrate newly acquired knowledge immediately in their teaching, particularly in private sessions.

The program is delivered in 7 intensive modules (5 days for each module) with a flexible structure. Each module may be attended independently and certificates will be issued for each module.

It is possible to start your journey with any module however, it is recommended that you attend Module 1 before Module2, Module 3 before Module 4 and Module 5 before Module 6.

Yogic Mindfulness, Reflection, Depression & Addictions (tamas)

Module 5 is the first of two modules dealing with mental health & yoga psychology


1. Structure and importance of vrtti-samskara (conscious-behaviour-consequence-unconscious) cycle.

2. Foundation of the three gunas (sattva, rajas, tamas) as determinants of mood and behavioural states.

3. Flow states (samadhi) of awareness and their role in psychological well-being.

  • Importance of sattvic flow state
  • Keys to cultivating flow states in asana, meditation, daily life.

4. Concepts of yogic mindfulness (smrti-sadhana)

  • Guidelines and skills for practicing yogic mindfulness effectively and sustainably
  • Mindfulness of the body
  • Mindfulness with the breath
  • Mindfulness with the senses
  • Mindfulness of thoughts and feelings
  • Mindfulness in daily life

5. Guided self-reflection (svadhyaya) and perspective reframing from the yogasutras.

6. Cognitive distortions and thoughts vs reality

  • Practice of pratipaksha bhavana
  • Framework of jnana vrttis
  • Strategies for working with cognitive distortions from the yoga perspective.

7. Depression and addictions

  • Overview of modern clinical perspective
  • Principles of management and evidence base

8. Yogic practices for working with tamasic (depressive & addictive) tendencies

  • Body practices for elevating energy and mood
  • Breathing practices
  • Emotional practices
  • Cognitive practices

9. Managing teacher-student, therapist-client relationship. Scope of the practice for yoga teacher/therapist. Networking and support requirements for safety and effectiveness.

10. Perspective of ayurveda and use ayurveda herbs as relevant.

Contact Barbara for more information


6 Prime Road | Grey Lynn | Auckland 1021

m: 021 170 2640
e: [email protected]

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SYTP Module 5