Yoga Psychology: Deep Imagination Practice for Psychological Health

Course Descripton:

In this 3-class series on July 1st, 8th, and 15th (Thursdays) from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 noon CST each series, you will learn contemplative practices that have been validated for achieving deep relaxation, enhancing imagination and psychological well-being, regulating emotions, and promoting resiliency for burn-out stemming from clinical practice. Yoga meditation can be a powerful tool when combined with psychological work, and has the potential to benefit a wide variety of clinical populations. Each class will include learning about theory and research of yoga psychology, neuropsychology, and arts-based/somatic psychology, with a focus on imagination, creativity, and psychological well-being. In additon, you will receive a take-home learning package that includes theoretical readings, audio and video materials, guides for further practice, and a systematic review of yoga nidra meditation procedures.

Topics Covered: 

- Topics Covered in the Course:

- Neuropsychology of the human trauma response

- Yoga psychology

- Nervous system balance and Emotion regulation

- Yoga Nidra, Pratyahara and foundation of meditative practice

- Psychologizing in yoga nidra: dreams, imagination, and creativity

- Contemplative Witnessing and empathic listening

- Arts-based therapy, focus on child and teen welfare

- How to adapt meditation for Child and Teen welfare

Learning Objectives:

The experiential learning activities in each session will build on the previous session:

1. you will learn the 3 levels of advanced yoga nidra, a powerful yogic meditation practice derived from tantric nyasa meditation.

2.  With a foundation in yoga nidra, you will learn advanced psychological contemplations that explore and vivify the psyche, along with arts-based and somatic psychology methods to embody and present psychological content.

3. You will learn how yoga psychology can be effectively integrated into meditation, clinical practice, and self-care. There will be opportunity to practice with the class group techniques that promote contemplative practice, dream-work, and arts-based therapy. In the second class there will be a special focus on child welfare.

4. Additional guidance will be given on how to adapt the meditations to be more easily accessible to children and teens.

Important! Please note: This work involves self-regulated meditation and psychological material.  Any kind meditation and/or interpersonal interaction can potentially mobilize and bring up raw memories and experiences. Please, note that this is an educational setting, not a therapeutic one. In this class you have to be able to self-regulate and integrate your own experience. Please, if you have any doubts in this regard contact the instructor before signing up for the class.

CEUs- 4.50 are provided for the live webinar with 3.0 CEUs for clincial hours. If you reside outside of the state of Alabama and/or are from a profession other than social work, please seek CEU approval from your license board. Tuskegee University College of Arts and Sciences Department of Social Work is an approved CEU provider by the Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners as an accreditated Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) University.

About the Instructor:

Sandeep is a psychologist, educator, and researcher. Sandeep's work draws on both western psychology and indigenous systems of wellness, such as shamanism, yoga, Buddhism, and non-dual Vedanta philosophy. His graduate degrees are in psychology, from the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he completed additional training in depth psychology, eco-psychology, and psychological work with altered states of consciousness. Sandeep conducts group training and workshops on transformative psychological techniques, drawing from yoga psychology and western psychological practice. Sandeep's doctoral dissertation research explored cutting-edge virtual reality, or VR, technology for psychological well-being. Using a novel collaborative study design, his research generated qualitative and quantitative data about the long-term use of a VR app-SoundSelf VR-- that induces altered states of consciousness akin to psychedelics, such as LSD or psilocybin. Sandeep founded Integral XR to expand the transformative potential of VR technology, providing training for clinicians and facilitators to use VR for clients as well as their own wellness. Integral XR creates training programs that supplement VR experiences with therapeutic protocols, self-care techniques, and community support. Integral XR is also actively working to create best-practice standards of use for VR in clinical settings. To find out more about Sandeep visit: Sandeep Prakash Inc.   Sandeep can be contacted via email at sprakash@mymail.ciis.edu