Mindful Yoga in Supportive and Palliative Care and into Bereavement

With an aging population and an emphasis in policy on rehabilitation and person-centred care, yoga has practical utility for those facing life-limiting illness. This weekend workshop is for all interested in learning about working within supportive and palliative care and for yoga therapy students currently on the course.

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This weekend workshop is aimed at yoga teachers and therapists interested in supporting people with life-limiting conditions in the community and in healthcare settings including hospitals, hospices and care homes. The training is also for healthcare professionals already working with life-limiting and advanced illness, who have a grounding in yoga and/or mindfulness and who wish to integrate these approaches to care. The course will also be of use to bereavement counsellors, plus mental health, social and spiritual care providers and complementary therapists who wish to add Mindful Yoga skills to their toolkit.

During the training we will be looking at:

  • Overview of common conditions with supportive & palliative care needs: why is there room for non-pharmacological interventions as part of integrated care? What is the evidence for their use & where does mindful yoga fit in?
  • Common symptoms across diagnostic groups; pain, breathlessness, issues with movement, fatigue, anxiety and depression – how can mindful yoga help?
  • The importance of the breath: “If you can breathe you can practice yoga”. Breath awareness is core to this way of working. Learn about the science of self-regulation & “how to” tips on working with patients (and families) right up to end of life.
  • 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?
  • How to adapt a practice safely; learn compassion-focused, practical skills and specific sequences developed in clinical practice.
  • Exploring setting up groups in community, charity and healthcare settings; making a “pitch” to funders and commissioners based on an understanding of current policy directives from the NHS.
  • 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.

Kate Binnie is an HCPC registered music psychotherapist, yoga and mindfulness teacher (CPCAB) with an Msc in Palliative Care. She holds a PT senior research associate post at University of Bristol working on the Wellcome funded Life of Breath project. She also teaches on the YogaCampus Yoga Therapy diploma, and runs regular Breath-Body-Mind Integration trainings for healthcare professionals across the UK. Kate’s blogs about her work can be found on the Life of Breath website.

For more information please read Kate’s article on Mindful Yoga on the Hospice UK website. Kate is also involved with Life of Breath, a Wellcome Trust research project on breathlessness. You can read her blogs for LOB here.

Please note that this training can count towards the elective hours required for the Yogacampus Yoga Therapy Diploma.


You will receive a Yogacampus Certificate of Attendance

What our students say

Kate has amazing knowledge, experience, enthusiasm and insight and she should trust this. Elaine C. on Mindful Yoga in Supportive and Palliative Care, February 2016

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