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Become a Therapeutic
Yoga for Mental Health Teacher

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Hi, I'm Deniz

I’m a therapeutic yoga teacher and criminologist and I specialize in yoga and somatics for mental health.

I’m the founder of the 80h Somatic Yoga for Mental Health Teacher Training Program and the author of Messages from the Deep: Calm Anxiety & Lift Depression with Yoga and the Elements.

Aside from my body-oriented therapeutic work, I work in the forensic mental health field with offenders as the COSA leader and coördinator for Brussels, Belgium.

You can read more about my credentials here.

yoga for emotional balance online course

4−Week Online Course
Yoga for Emotional Balance

Join this self-paced online course on yoga for emotional balance. We’ll cover the 4 pillars of yoga for emotional balance and discuss topics like burnout, stress, anxiety, depression, and sensory overload. Each module consists of:

Over 5h of on-demand video content and a free downloadable copy of my book included!

Mental Health Support Circle for Yoga Teachers

Are you a yoga teacher and do you sometimes struggle with your mental health? Join our monthly online support group!

In each support circle, you’ll have the opportunity to share and receive feedback, encouragement, and support—as well as share your insights to support others.

I run these support circles as a safe space to help yoga teachers cope with the ups and downs of life, deal with teaching challenges, and to create a supportive community.

Click here for all the details and to join the waiting list.

My Book

Why do I suffer? What is my purpose? How can I feel at peace and balanced? Messages from the Deep offers a refreshing perspective on depression, anxiety, worry, and overwhelm—and the art of creating emotional balance.

Read what others have to say ...

Thank you!!! I am super interested in working with the mind and emotions through Yoga and will definitely use it in my own work. But also for myself: I have always struggled with depression and the whole covid situation made it worse and I've been experiencing high levels of anxiety. Your course and book have helped me understand whats going on and how I can tailor my Yoga practice according to my symptoms. Thank you.​
Pia
Yoga Teacher, Austria
​I am so happy that I took this course and read Deniz' book! I got so much more knowledge and new insights about depression and anxiety. The sequences and exercises are very accessible and so enjoyable! I've been applying the practices with my patients---I'm a physiotherapist---and I notice that they help my patients on a deeper level. So I can definitely recommend this course and book to anyone who works with patients.
Saskia
Physiotherapist, Belgium
What a great book! It's for sure written by someone who knows what struggling with life is. This book is a guide and a teacher. I recommend this book to everyone who struggles with the purpose of life, who is feeling depressed or afraid of doing what feels good. I also recommend this book to yoga teachers who want to support their students in a deeper yogic way.
Nina
Yoga Studio Owner, Belgium
This book exceeded any expectations I could have had. As someone who has suffered from depression in the past and turned toward yoga in emerging adulthood to address some of the pain that was arising, I can only imagine how supportive this book would have been at the time. Overall, I haven't seen anything like this in the realm of spirituality and psychology. It's a book, workbook, journey, and map for connecting with the self. Will read again and definitely recommend : )
Alexa
Yoga Therapist, USA
A much-needed clear head and wise, grounded female voice - a delight for both brain and body. Deniz’s clear, grounded, and wise voice is a tonic - a golden thread of hope - in a world shaken by spiritual bypassing, fear, and uncertainty. She lovingly yet firmly integrates the shadow and the light in this beautiful, embodied approach to healing some of our deepest sufferings. For anyone looking for a smart, well-explained approach to depression and anxiety that de-mystifies somatic and spiritual work while also being grounded in the reality of our human experience and our connection with the earth, this is your book. Deniz is a noteworthy teacher to follow!
Ananya
Coach, USA
What I appreciated the most is how clear and to the point it is. When it comes to yoga books things can get watery or wishy washy fast. Here it feels at times poetic, while staying concrete. I'm terms of the practices, I've just started but am already finding them highly beneficial so far.
Ankhara
Artist, Canada
I really love the gentle way with which Deniz guides you through the classes and the exercises were just perfect. I did the first class before going to bed and I had such a good sleep and woke up with a complete feeling of deep relaxation. Thank you so much for that!
Anna
Singer-Songwriter, Czech Republic
This course was very helpful. I deeply enjoyed following Deniz' guidance, and I find her way of teaching wise and effective. I took the classes during a time when I felt a bit fragile, and her gentle guiding was such a help, simply as a presence there, along with the smooth bodily connection, addressing the tension from such a balanced angle. Thank you!
Gry
Artist, Denmark
I love Deniz' courses. Nice images, beautiful voice, perfect for highly sensitive people like me. In admiration of her work!
Valerie
Yoga Teacher, Belgium

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"Deniz explains advanced concepts in yoga, psychology, and trauma in a simple, practical way that make her method easy to follow, learn, and use immediately. In fact I just used her Earth Salutations this morning and plan to continue doing so."
Dr. Ananya Harvey
Scientist & Coach

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