Yoga and Meditation for Body Dysmorphic Disorder

The Mental Wealth Festival 2016

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The Mental Wealth Festival took place in London at City Lit College, Covent Garden over the last three days (Tues-Thurs). It was a jam-packed, diverse and inspiring event headlined by names such as Ruby Wax speaking about depression and Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor speaking about spirituality and mental health.

Delegates were spoilt with a range of workshops to choose from over the course of the three days, including drama, dance, and poetry to soundscapes. Nicole Schnack...enberg, one of our staff members here at Minded, spoke about the benefits of yoga and meditation for Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). She described how people with BDD typically have poor interoceptive awareness and a lost sense of embodiment, and how yoga and mediation can foster this and also support the experience and acceptance of emotions.

Despite the small amount of space, delegates experienced eye-gazing, yoga and self-enquiry during Nicole's workshop, which was supported by meditation teacher, Richard Cox. For some people, it was their first experience of yoga - it was wonderful to hear how they felt inspired to take up the practice after the workshop :)

Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS