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The Minded Institute is a world-leader in providing yoga therapy education to yoga and health professionals to work with mental and physical health conditions. The Institute is known for working at the interface between yoga therapy, mindfulness, neurophysiology, psychotherapy principles, and evidence based practice.

Based in the UK, Minded provides:

  • World-leading professional yoga therapy training​

  • Evidence-based training and professional development for yoga teachers, therapists, and healthcare professionals

  • Workshops and lectures on yoga and mental health

  • High-level research informing our training programs

  • Lobbying for the inclusion of yoga and yoga therapy in the NHS

CPD Training Scholarships

We are partnered with The Minded Institute to challenge inequities and expand access to health promoting practices, especially in communities that have faced systemic oppression. 


Fierce Calm and The Minded Institute are committed to cultivating a diversity of voices and life experiences in our trainings, while making them accessible to people of all income levels, identities and backgrounds through a range of scholarship opportunities.

We are committed to cultivating diversity in our community, trainings teaching community and to diversify representation amongst the yoga and yoga therapy teaching community.


If you are from, or belong to, a community that is often under-represented in the yoga community at-large and or have genuine financial need then please email for details and latest scholarship opportunities

Minded Institute Online CPD 

Fierce Calm Scholarship:

Yoga Therapy for PTSD 

10th May 2021 - 14th May 2021

Time: 10am - 6pm


Approximately 8 percent of the population suffers from post-traumatic-stress-disorder. Although many new treatments are emerging a large percentage of those who seek help still experience significant symptoms. The use of yoga therapy in the treatment of post-traumatic-stress-disorder is gaining international popularity and some research trials have often found it preferable to conventional therapy.


This is because yoga offers valuable skills that are vital in healing. Insights from neuroscientific research inform us that people who have PTSD require physical practices to help process traumatic experience and enhance the resiliency of the nervous system. As yoga offers gentle and safe movement, with practices that integrate controlled breathing, and self-awareness it is an ideal complementary treatment.


Yoga helps individuals reconnect with their bodies and cultivate peace by balancing the autonomic nervous system. It also supports improved capacity ability to be with difficult feelings in a compassionate way, a fundamental part of reclaiming well-being.

In this training you will learn how to use yoga to work with trauma in an evidence based, compassionate, and innovative way.

What the training will cover:

  • An overview of PTSD from a psychological, medical and neuroscientific perspective

  • Research on yoga for PTSD

  • Why yoga is an important intervention in PTSD from a psychological, medical and neuroscientific perspective

  • How yoga is able to able to alter psychological and neurological functioning in individuals with PTSD

  • Unique ways that yoga can be tailored to help those with PTSD in graduated and gentle fashion

  • Sensitivities and necessary precautions when using yoga to work with PTSD

  • Logistics of offering therapeutic yoga to those with PTSD

Visit The Minded Institute for further info or email for Scholarship details

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Minded Institute Online CPD

Fierce Calm Scholarship:

Yoga Therapy for Anxiety

14th June 2021 - 18th June 2021

Time: 10am - 6pm

A 5-day Professional CPD aimed at providing you with the tools and understanding regarding yoga’s therapeutic role in anxiety treatment, giving you clear skills to offer others greater peace, ease, and psychological resiliency.

Whether you are a:

  • Yoga teacher who wants to offer classes that attend to your anxious students, while continuing to teach your own style of yoga

  • A yoga teacher who wants to specialise in yoga therapy for anxiety

  • A mental health professional looking to integrate yogic techniques into your work

We will cover the following:

  • The neurological, psychological and yogic perspectives on anxiety.

  • The mechanisms underpinning yoga’s curative effects as expressed through cutting edge research on yoga, neuroscience, and the psycho-biology of stress.

  • Compassionate and sensitivity when working with anxiety and anxiety disorder clients.

  • How to conduct a breath assessment to determine the best way to help new clients and students.

  • The influence of breathing on mental processes

  • How to tailor asana, pranayama, mindfulness, and relaxation exercises to work with anxiety in a mode that is both medically sound and yogically informed.

  • How to liaise with the medical and health care establishments

  • Precautions, best practice and duty of care


On completion of this training you will be able to:

  • Teach yoga classes tailored to anxiety populations.

  • Be confident in providing short and long-term yoga therapy treatment plans for those with anxiety disorders for individual clients and groups.

  • Have skills to insert into an existing client practice or healthcare setting.

  • Offer individual client sessions with an emphasis on anxiety reduction

Visit The Minded Institute for further info or email for Scholarship details

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Fierce Calm Scholarship

Introduction to Therapeutic

Yoga in Cancer Care

13th March 

In the UK alone, over 2.5 million people are living with cancer with this figure predicted to rise to 4 million by 2030. Multiple studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of yoga therapy in managing the effects of cancer and cancer treatments. Yoga therapy has the potential to decrease fatigue and pain, help reduce anxiety, depression and insomnia, support immunity, build bone strength and improve quality of life for the person with cancer. Interest in the use of yoga therapy interventions is increasing among health professionals. As survival rates for many cancers are rising, people affected by cancer are seeking alternative ways to empower and care for themselves during treatments and their onward. To offer safe and useful yoga to a person with cancer, teachers and therapists need to be creative, well informed and compassionate, in order to support clients holistically and safely at all stages of cancer.

We will look at the following:

  • What cancer is, including incidence, prevalence, common causes and terminology

  • Key treatments available and their common side effects

  • How yoga can positively impact the immune system

  • How yoga can support cancer related fatigue, nausea, lymphoedema and osteoporosis

  • A framework for considering the complexities of cancer and how these affect a
    person’s whole being

  • Some of the key risks associated with teaching yoga and pranayama to a person with

  • The development of critical thinking when planning modifications in yoga for cancer

  • How the therapist might support students in their onward journey after cancer

  • Consideration of the ethics and challenges for teachers and therapists working in this

  • Useful resources to support your work

A further in depth 5-day CPD will be offered over 2 weekends, 24th – 26th September and 9th – 10th October 2020.

Visit The Minded Institute for further course info 

For Scholarship Application email