How Yoga Transforms Your Brain – Not Just Your Mindset

When merged with Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), yoga (as offered by a certified yoga teacher) does so much more than simply change your mindset in order to empower you to better cope with the stresses, trials, and tribulations of daily life – it actually totally transforms your brain. Here is everything that you need to know:

What is Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy? 

MBCT is an evidence-based group therapy that works on a person’s power of the mind in an effort to help prevent a depressive relapse. It also has been found to reduce acute depression, anxiety, and stress. Research has demonstrated that MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in preventing depressive relapse or recurrence (Kuyken, 2015). MBCT was developed by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, and John Teasdale, based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Stress Reduction program.

When combined with yoga, MBCT transforms the brain in such a way that a person is able to live a happier lifestyle with total control over their moods and thinking. This is because participants of yoga and MBCT will learn to become more aware of the modes of the mind that often signal mood shifts, while simultaneously learning to develop a new relationship with them.

What to Expect from MBCT

MBCT is mainly delivered in group sessions by trained MBCT facilitators. These sessions last over a course of 8 weeks. Following a brief orientation, the MBCT facilitator will offer one weekly treatment session per week, each lasting two hours.

Janet Haughton Quarshie of Atha Jiva is a Yoga Teacher , Yoga Therapist, and a qualified Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy therapist. She was trained in yoga at Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai, India with over 2,500 hours of intensive teacher training, and received her MBCT training at The Center For Mindfulness Studies, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Be sure to today for more information on how she can help you transform your brain and remold your mindset.

Janet Haughton Quarshie

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