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WPA Launches an Online Yoga in Mental Health Certified Educational Course

Updated: Oct 5, 2021

World Psychiatric Association presents a Certified Comprehensive Online Educational Course on Yoga in Mental Health

The World Psychiatric Association (WPA) is excited to present a Certified Comprehensive Online Educational Course on Yoga in Mental Health. Yoga is an ancient practice that involves posture, breathing techniques and meditation to promote mental and physical wellbeing. The overall philosophy of yoga is about connecting the mind, body and spirit. Practicing yoga regularly can promote endurance, strength, calmness, and overall well-being.

The training faculty for the course are renowned global experts from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), India (WPA Collaborating Centre). For decades, they have been passionately involved in developing skills of integrating simple Yoga-based lifestyle tips into their clinical practice. This two-part course is organised by WPA in collaboration with the Indian Psychiatric Society and NIMHANS, India, with the objective of enhancing the capacity building of trained mental health professionals in yoga across the world, who would like to practise incorporating these skills in evidence-based service delivery.

This Course is open to fully qualified Mental health professionals including Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychiatric Nurses, Counsellors, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and other health professionals who provide services to individuals with mental, behavioural or neurodevelopmental disorders.

Part 1 of the course is an "Orientation Programme in Yoga in Mental Health". This is free and we would like delegates to first enrol on either the 9th of October 2021 or the 6th of November 2021 to familiarise themselves with the fundamentals of Yoga Practice before registering for Part 2 pf the course, which is a Certified Course.

The Certificate Course is a basic level programme aimed at providing practical and theoretical exposure to the basics of yoga therapy and tradition-based lifestyle advice as well as their application in mental health.

For more information on both parts of the course, you can read our course flyer here.

Course information

Course dates:

Part 1 - One day Online Orientation Programme (Free)

9th October 2021 or 6th November 2021 (Participation is mandatory before applying for Certificate Course)

Part 2 - Certificate Course 27th November 2021 to 18th December 2021 (Four weekly sessions)

Course Administrators: Patron: Prof Afzal Javed Directors: Dr Gautam Saha and Prof P. Murthy Moderator: Dr Rajashree Ray

To apply for participation in the Course: please click here.

For more information: you can read the course flyer here. or please contact Dr Rajashree Ray, Course Moderator at

We look forward to welcoming you.

Author: Prof Afzal Javed, Dr Gautam Saha and Prof P. Murthy Moderator: Dr Rajashree Ray



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