An In-Depth Certification
Bridging Psychology + Yoga
for Mental Well Being

You have a calling to integrate the body and the mind.

To heal and provide hope.

Course begins February 2024

If you’re interested in Yoga and Psychology, you probably want effective, practical life skills for vibrant health and an awake life.

You know how intricately connected the mind and the body are and the great capacity we all have for healing and for expanded well being. 

You  want to help yourself and others to not just get by, but to actually thrive.  To feel good physically, with a clear mind and a sense of resiliency.  To have more moments of genuine happiness.

For 20 years, I’ve wanted all the above and I knew it had to do with healing and strengthening the connection between my mind and my body.

Despite a decade of graduate school getting a doctorate in counseling psychology, what finally brought the clarity and road map I had been searching for came through a deep dive into yoga. 

Combining my expertise in psychology and yoga, this course is exactly what I was searching for during my graduate school years – a clear and concise way to integrate the mind and body.  

It’s what so many therapists and students in training have come to me asking for.  It’s what my yoga teacher trainees want to learn more about.  And, it is why I routinely have a wait list of patients wanting to work with me because of this focus on both the mind and the body. 

I’ve seen firsthand that when we apply the time-tested tools of yoga (that now are also being empirically supported by current research), our physical and mental health is greatly enhanced. 

What is Yoga for the Mind?

Yoga for the Mind is an online 5-month program that will provide you a certification for integrating yoga into your mental health work, or integrating an understanding of mental health into how you teach yoga. Graduates of the certification program, working within their scope of practice, will be able to use the skills learned in this program as adjunctive treatment for mental health.  

The course will also provide evidence based practical tools to use with your clients, whether you are a therapist working 1-on-1 with clients or a teacher leading group classes.

This training also includes weekly calls and Q & A’s with Dr. Betsy for additional support and supervision as you begin to use this methodology in your work. 

  • Each week you will receive a 2-hour module with new content.
  • Each week there is a 1-hour live Case Consultation/Coaching/ Q & A with Dr. Betsy.
  • You have access to all of Dr. Betsy’s live online yoga classes throughout the duration of the training.
  • There are also add-on one-on-one opportunities with Dr. Betsy should you desire.
  • You will be placed in a small group cohort with regular check-in’s with Dr. Betsy. 

At the end of the program, not only will you have a clearer vision about how your mind and body are connected, but you will also understand how to bring this material to your patients, clients, and students through your yoga teaching, your therapeutic practice, or even through a course you might teach.

Mental health problems are at an all time high in our culture. The stress of our lives has caught up with us. We need to start expanding our ideas of treatment. Addressing the body, energy, mind, wisdom, and spirit of a person is essential, and yoga does just this.

Who is this workshop for?

  • This training is for health professionals (psychologists, doctors, nurses, physicians assistants, therapists, social workers, health coaches, body workers) interested in integrating yoga and mind-body techniques into clinical practice.  
  • This training is also for yoga teachers with an interest in specializing in yoga for mental health and teaching more psychological and trauma informed yoga. 
  • This training also might be relevant for the serious yoga student interested in personal growth and better understanding their mind-body connection. 

Client Testimonials

My professional background is in Mind, Body Medicine and working with people who were traumatized. You combining psychology into your yoga teaching is absolutely life enhancing for me. Instead of being led by my mind, my body is starting to wake from its frozen and numb state and starting to heal.

Sue S

I have been doing yoga for 52 years. Your approach to yoga is safe, gentle, deep and powerful. Your knowledge of psychology only enhanced the ancient science of yoga, to make it more accessible to my western mind.

Krista N

About Your Guide

Betsy Rippentrop, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, certified yoga and meditation teacher, and reiki master who uniquely blends science, psychology, mysticism and spirituality into her yoga classes and private therapy work.  

She courageously guides people into deeper awareness of their body and mind, and is especially adept at translating complex concepts into practical tools that can efficiently shift people. 

She owns Heartland Yoga, maintains a psychology practice focused on integrating yoga into treatment, has authored numerous academic papers on the mind-body connection and is author of Chakra Healing: Renew Your Life Force with the Chakras’ Seven Energy Centers.  Her second book on improving emotional health through yoga is due out next year.

She feels a strong call to change how we approach mental health, and believes that the integration of yoga tools into a care plan is an important step forward in the evolution of our world’s mental well being. 

What's Included in this Certification Training

  • 14 weeks of 2-hour new content lectures
  • 16 Q & A calls with Dr. Betsy
  • 30 yoga classes 
  • Downloadable Handouts for Each Lesson
  • Password protected member’s portal
  • Private FB group
  • Small Groups for additional Support
  • Continuing Education credits (depends on your professional licensure)
  • Life time access to your program materials
  • Final day of celebration/graduation in June (details TBA)
  • A certificate of completion

Why you will love it

Deep Dive

This material is a deep dive into both the esoteric nature of the yoga tradition as well as the scientific evidence of current day research on yoga and mental health.

Personal Transformation

It is a priceless opportunity to work with your own inner growth and transformation which then gives you even more credence to teaching this material to your clients.

Embodiment Practices

In addition to each Monday’s lecture material, you will have access to Betsy’s 2 weekly yoga classes (T/S @ 9). Betsy’s yoga themes for the week will typically mirror that content that was shared in the Monday night lecture.

Live Calls with Dr. Betsy

Weekly live Q & A’s provide time for questions, supervision about current cases you might be working with professionally, and discussion of the week’s topic.

Community Connection

We will have a private FB group where you can post and share with others in the training. Additionally, you will be assigned to a small cohort of no more than students. This is a powerful opportunity to create lifelong colleagues and connections.

Learn at Your Pace

You have life-time access to the Videos and Practices. It is recommended that if you want the certification, that you complete the course in the 5 month period as we will have by our final celebration / graduation day early July.

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