LIVE ONLINE: Mindful Yoga in Supportive and Palliative Care and into Bereavement

This workshop is aimed at yoga practitioners, teachers and therapists interested in supporting people with life-limiting conditions. It is also suitable for healthcare professionals and others with a grounding in yoga and/or mindfulness and wish to integrate these approaches into clinical practice. The course has been updated to consider the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic .

Course Information

Dates

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October 2020

9.30 to 15.30 (UK time) each day, with a break for lunch.

  • Cost £125
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    LIVE ONLINE: Mindful Yoga in Supportive and Palliative Care and into Bereavement

    Click BOOK NOW to confirm your place. You will be taken to our booking partner’s site to complete the booking. Please look out for your confirmation email. If the course is fully booked click on WAITING LIST to join the wait list.

  • Eligibility Full Details

    Eligibility

    For yoga practitioners, teachers and therapists interested in supporting people with life-limiting conditions; healthcare professionals with a grounding in yoga and/or mindfulness and who wish to integrate these approaches into clinical practice; bereavement counsellors, mental health, social and spiritual care providers; and complementary therapists who wish to add mindful yoga skills to their toolkit.

  • Other Information Full Details

    Other Information

    Maximum participants: 23

    Number of hours: 10

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Course Description

This live online workshop is aimed at yoga practitioners, teachers and therapists interested in supporting people with life-limiting conditions, whether for personal reasons or professional use (e.g. community settings, hospitals, hospices and care homes). It is also suitable for healthcare professionals who have a grounding in yoga and/or mindfulness and who wish to integrate these approaches into clinical practice. The course will also be of use to bereavement counsellors, mental health, social and spiritual care providers and complementary therapists who wish to add mindful yoga skills to their toolkit.

This course has been updated to consider the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic which has seen a rise in death rates (particularly amongst the older population), home deaths and complex bereavement.

Course Structure

The course will incorporate a mixture of lecture with slides, discussion in small groups, directed and experiential practice on the mat, and reflective practice. The slides, reading list and all information will be available for students to take away.

Day 1
We will start with (and keep coming back to) gentle, creative practice to acknowledge our embodied experience of being with dying, grief and loss. We will explore how Being With and Abiding is so central to this work, particularly within a society and healthcare system focused on “fixing” illness, and in denial about death and dying.

Kate will then present her work (case studies, research etc) using PowerPoint slides combined with small group discussion in breakout rooms. This will be interspersed with plenty of directed and self-directed practice to illustrate and explore ways to adapt yoga for this population, and lots of time to ask questions, and work on ideas together.

Content will include:

  • The history and philosophy of palliative care, and why this integrates so perfectly with the holistic concepts embodied within yoga.
  • Overview of common conditions and symptoms, including advanced cancer, neurological and respiratory conditions. How can yoga support people living with long-term, life-limiting illness as part of a supportive and rehabilitative approach to care?
  • “If you can breathe you can practise yoga”: a relationship with the breath is core to this way of working. Learn about the science of self-regulation, links with trauma-informed and compassion-focused approaches, and mindfulness.
  • How to adapt a practice safely with gentle, practical skills and specific sequences developed in clinical settings, including asana, mudra, meditation and nidra. How to tailor as disease progesses, working 1:1 and in small groups.

Day 2
Day 2 will follow a broadly similar format. We will cover:

  • What is dying? How, why, where and when does it happen, and how can yoga help?
  • Where there is illness and death there is grief and loss. How can we use mindful yoga for patients dealing with their own losses and facing death, plus support those who are or will be bereaved? What does the philosophy of yoga teach us about dying and grieving well?
  • Practicalities: a “how to” guide for setting up groups in community, charity and healthcare settings and making a business case for yoga to support people with life-limiting conditions, and as part of public health and social prescribing programmes. How to evaluate and disseminate the effectiveness of yoga in supportive and palliative care, and why this matters.
  • Self-care is important when working with loss, death and dying; mindful yoga is the perfect “resilience toolkit”. Introducing yoga in the workplace for healthcare professionals, and practices for self-care. (Needed more than ever in the fallout from the pandemic……).

Learning Outcomes

The aim of the course is for participants:

  • to feel more confident in being with illness and dying
  • to develop skills from the traditions of yoga to use for themselves and for patients/families
  • to understand the psycho-biological and spiritual benefits of yoga in relation to end of life care – holistic and heuristic symptom management
  • to understand how to integrate these skills into their lives and/or clinical practice in a safe and evidence based way.

Who is the Course for?

The course is suitable for yoga practitioners, teachers and therapists interested in supporting people with life-limiting conditions; healthcare professionals with a grounding in yoga and/or mindfulness and who wish to integrate these approaches into clinical practice; bereavement counsellors, mental health, social and spiritual care providers; and complementary therapists who wish to add mindful yoga skills to their toolkit.

Additional Information

For optional background reading, please take a look at:

www.lifeofbreath.org : Kate’s 11 award winning blogs
http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/kate-binnie-first-and-last-breath-soundscape – University of Oxford Podcast on breath/dying
https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2020/06/11/im-letting-her-down-by-seeing-her-suffer-managing-a-cancer-home-death-during-the-pandemic – British Medical Journal opinion piece about home deaths, April 2020
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1359183520931900 – “Objects of Safety and Imprisonment” Binnie, McGuire, Carel, 2020
http://approaches.gr/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/6-Approaches-11-1-2019-a20191124-binnie.pdf – “Exploring the ’thin place’ between life and death” Binnie 2019

Certification

On satisfactory completion of the workshop, you will receive a Yogacampus Certificate of Completion.

Course Information

Dates

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October 2020

9.30 to 15.30 (UK time) each day, with a break for lunch.

  • Cost £125
  • Booking Full Details

    LIVE ONLINE: Mindful Yoga in Supportive and Palliative Care and into Bereavement

    Click BOOK NOW to confirm your place. You will be taken to our booking partner’s site to complete the booking. Please look out for your confirmation email. If the course is fully booked click on WAITING LIST to join the wait list.

  • Eligibility Full Details

    Eligibility

    For yoga practitioners, teachers and therapists interested in supporting people with life-limiting conditions; healthcare professionals with a grounding in yoga and/or mindfulness and who wish to integrate these approaches into clinical practice; bereavement counsellors, mental health, social and spiritual care providers; and complementary therapists who wish to add mindful yoga skills to their toolkit.

  • Other Information Full Details

    Other Information

    Maximum participants: 23

    Number of hours: 10

Book Now