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Bridging Neuroscience to Mind-Body Health: An Experiential Workshop for Yoga Practitioners, Yoga Instructors and Mental Health Professionals

  • Schoolhouse Yoga -- East Liberty Studio 5923 Baum Boulevard Pittsburgh, PA, 15206 United States (map)

PRESENTERS: Paul D. Nussbaum, Ph.D., ABPP; Linda Meacci, E-RYT; Paula Soto, LSW, E-RYT; Walt Gasiorowski, RYT

Registration: Registration is through the Schoolhouse Yoga website (click here).

Continuing Education Units (CEUs):

  • NASW – This workshop has been approved by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) ( to offer CEUs to Pennsylvania Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Professional Counselors.
  • Yoga Alliance – This workshop is approved by Yoga Alliance ( to offer Continuing Education hours to yoga instructors.


This collaboration connecting neuroscience and therapeutically-oriented yoga and movement is a rare opportunity for both yogis and mental health professionals to enrich their professional skills and their personal practices. This workshop includes two parts: a lecture/Q&A portion, followed by a practicum.

PART 1 – Lecture and Q&A

Dr. Paul Nussbaum, our expert presenter on the brain, is founder and president of Brain Health Center, Inc. ( in Wexford, PA and an adjunct professor in Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is board-certified in Clinical Psychology and Geropsychology, with a specialization in Neuropsychology. He has presented on the human brain and behavior to an international audience for the past 25 years.

Dr. Nussbaum will address basic neuroanatomy of the human brain, with particular emphasis on regions of the brain that help facilitate internal wellbeing and emotional balance. He employs an interactive and didactic style in his 2-hour lecture, using PowerPoint illustrations and a model of the human brain to assist in presenting the following:

  • Basic facts on the structure, evolution and development of the human brain
  • Different organizational schema for understanding the differences in specific anatomic regions of the human brain
  • The meaning of neural plasticity, neurogenesis, brain resilience and the ability to shape our brains via environmental input
  • Discussion of which brain regions are involved in processing cognition, movement, emotion and the interaction of all of these
  • Application of brain behavior and its importance to mental health professionals and yoga instructors
  • Q&A session to help clarify and make the content more pertinent to attendees.

PART 2 – Practicum

Putting theory into action, yoga instructors Linda Meacci, Paula Soto and Walt Gasiorowski will lead an innovative practicum consisting of therapeutically-oriented yoga and other movement modalities, incorporating elements of yoga such as pranayama, asana, mantra and meditation; somatic techniques (slow, fluid movement); bilateral stimulation; and tai chi-inspired sequences.

The practicum portion of the workshop will help illustrate how therapeutic yoga and movement can enhance the function, regulation and health of the brain and improve our overall cognitive, emotional and physiological health.

About the Practicum Facilitators:

  • Linda Meacci ( specializes in teaching therapeutically oriented yoga in individual and group settings. She is a principal instructor in Schoolhouse Yoga’s teacher training program.
  • Paula Soto ( is a social worker and yoga teacher with two decades of experience empowering individuals and communities toward wellness. She specializes in the treatment of trauma/abuse, anxiety, depression, women’s issues, and adolescents.
  • Walt Gasiorowski teaches various styles of yoga at The Brain Health Center ( In cooperation with Dr. Paul Nussbaum, he has developed and teaches yoga classes for people with Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

$115 in advance; $125 at the door

Registration is through the Schoolhouse Yoga website (click here).