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Yoga Therapy + Mindfulness for Addictions CPD Training

Yoga is a remarkable practice that builds self-awareness, strength, clarity of mind, and resilience. By clearly understanding how yoga can promote psychological and physical changes, we can tailor practices to support the addicted mind and help prevent relapse.

The Minded Addiction Recovery Kit (MARK) training combines uses an integrative yogic-based approach that explores body, breath and mind to empower the individual with the tools to regulate their nervous system.

This training enables practitioners to work from a complete mind-and-body perspective and firmly setting the foundation for successful engagement with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

What you will get from this training

Students learn how to use integrative yogic-based approaches to addictions that will allow you to work with clients privately, in clinics, and in group settings.

You will gain:

  • Knowledge of how to teach a four-week course that has been developed over years of working with yoga and relaxation practices in addiction and recovery settings
  • An understanding of how to work with addictions and recovery from a yogic and mindfulness perspective with individual clients and groups
  • A certificate of attendance and CPD points from the Minded Institute and Yoga Alliance
2018 Glasgow Dates + Location

29th Nov – 2nd of Dec 2018

This training is held at YogaJo’s

Lennox Park, Main St, Milngavie, Glasgow G62 6JN, UK

2019 London Dates + Location

28th Feb – 3rd of March 2019

This training is held at The Study Society 

151 Talgarth Rd, Hammersmith, London W14 9DA, UK


Investment for this training is £450 per person.

You can secure your place on the training with a non-refundable deposit of £200.
Please note: full payment required 28 days prior to the start of training. Please see our policy details for more information.


I am filled with gratitude that I was fortunate enough to have attended this training.
Since my training, I have been running a group each week for almost two years and the feedback we get each week is honestly touching. It has had a profound impact on not only the service users lives, but also my own.

Catherine Perry

Founder, Almond Blossom Yoga

How is the course structured?

The training has a three-tiered approach—physiology, psychology, and behaviour—so as to greatly enhance the likelihood of preventing relapse and overcoming addictions.

This training imparts knowledge on:

  • Why we become addicted to substances and behavioral patterns
  • Which underlying neurological and psychological tendencies make people more vulnerable to addiction
  • How different substances impact the physiological systems of the body
  • What happens in the brain when we practice yoga and mindfulness and how this knowledge can be applied to people struggling with substance abuse
  • Specific yoga practices for addiction and recovery
  • How the yogic perspective can replace the addict worldview
  • Exploration of the teachings of Yogi Bhajan and ‘keeping up spirit’ in the face of adversity
  • What mindfulness is and how we can teach people to be with the mind
  • How yoga and mindfulness can be integrated into a CBT framework for working with addictions
  • How to liaise with the medical community and be part of a clinical team
  • How to promote feelings of safety in class and in the world
  • What kinds of long-term goals and practices can be created for helping the addict to remain substance free


Araucaria Scholarship

Graduates of the M.A.R.K training have the opportunity to nominate their clients for the Araucaria Scholarship.

The Scholarship is run by the Araucaria Project, a social enterprise developed by The Yogologist, Shaura Hall, and Dancing Warriors’ founder Gail Stephens. It shares life-enhancing mind and body education and practices designed to combat the addictive-ness of modern day life in all its manifestations; from drugs to video gaming, from gambling to workaholism.

The Araucaria Scholarship will part-fund four people per year, who are in sustained recovery from addiction, onto the Pilamaya Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training Course. The Scholarship will cover more than 60% of the costs, with the remaining money being fundraised by the individual’s sponsor, in return for 108 voluntary hours in the recovery sector.

The initiative is rooted in a compassionate desire to offer support from personal turmoil into recovery and leadership.



Training facilitator

This training is developed and led by Shaura Hall. Shaura is an accredited Yoga Therapist C-IAYT with a wealth of understanding and experience with addictions. You can read more about Shaura’s background here.

Photography featured on this page by Savannah van der Niet.

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