QYP 60: Heather Mason on the Neuroscience of Yoga


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Heather is the founder and director of the Minded Institute, an organization that trains professionals and develops and researches innovative methods for mental health treatment based on the fusion of yoga therapy, mindfulness techniques, neuroscience, physiology and psycho-therapy. She is also the founder of the Yoga Health Care Alliance, which integrates yoga into healthcare — a movement gaining increasing traction in the UK, with Prince Charles writing a welcome address underlining the fact that yoga has a place in healthcare to open the Yoga In Healthcare Alliance conference which Heather spearheaded in February 2019. In 2018, Heather was nominated as the secretariat representative for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Yoga in Society, and continues to raise the profile of yoga within the clinical arena. Heather’s academic background in yoga and its relationship to the neurobiology of trauma alleviation is extensive and multidisciplinary - she has MAs in Psychotherapy and Buddhist Studies, is a yoga therapist and a Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy facilitator. She has taught at Boston University School of Medicine on the neural correlates and clinical applications of yoga, Harvard’s globally-acclaimed Mind-Body Medicine Class and most recently developed a programme for patients with PTSD at the Maudsley Hospital in London.

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