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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 Anxiety

30th October 2021 - 3rd November 2021

Time: 10am - 5pm


This course is accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists and CPD UK.

Anxiety and anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health issues plaguing our society today. Although a normal part of being alive, anxiety levels are spiralling out of control with, 40 percent of the population reporting anxiety in any given week. In this innovative course taught by Heather Mason, she shares her insights and concrete tools from years of clinical experience as a yoga therapist that draws on her extensive background in neuroscience, physiology, and psychotherapy. As someone who suffered from debilitating anxiety for many years her knowledge of how to use yoga therapy to work with anxiety comes from a place of deep knowing.

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

This course will provide you with the tools and understanding regarding yoga’s therapeutic role in anxiety treatment, giving you clear skills to offer other greater peace, ease, and psychological resiliency.

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

Please note that this is a continuing professional development course – if you are a healthcare/ mental health practitioner or therapist, you will not become a qualified yoga teacher on the basis of this course but will learn a variety of skills and tools that you can integrate into your pre-existing practice or profession.

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

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Minded Institute Online CPD
Fierce Calm Scholarship:
The Science & Application of Breath Practices

Part 1: 1st - 3rd October - Part 2: 6th - 7th November

Time: 10am - 5pm

There is an increasing awareness of the power of breathing practices. Breath practices can alter mood, the nervous and cardiovascular system, reduce levels of inflammation in the body and support spiritual development.

Heather Mason has spent the last 25 years exploring the power of breath from spiritual, neurophysiological, clinical and public health perspectives. She has been teaching the value of breath practices in health care for 13 years to yoga professionals, health professionals, academic institutions and even politicians in the Houses of Parliament in the UK.

In this 5-day, two-part professional training you will learn about:
– Respiratory physiology
– How breathing influences different systems of the body
– Breath and neuroplasticity
– The relationship between breath and mood
– How to conduct a breath assessment
– How to use a breath assessment to determine appropriate practices for clients
– The psychophysiological and spiritual effects of different breath practices including those that lift the nervous system and those that calm it down.
– How to apply breath practices to different client populations
– Precautions and contra-indications

The course is geared towards yoga and health professionals that want to use evidence based and spiritually informed practice practices in their work.

Between the two parts of the course participants are required to practice different breathing techniques and conduct breath assessments with others. Participants are also invited to 4 evenings of additional breath practice time at no extra charge.

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