From Coping to Thriving Course

6-week course for Health Professionals

This course aims to educate, empower and equip health professionals to more confidently manage their wellbeing utilising a range of evidence-based tools, techniques and practices from mind-body practices of yoga, qigong and mindfulness.

Weaving together cross-disciplinary intelligence from neuroscience, physiology and therapeutic mind-body modalities, participants will gain the motivation, tools and confidence to implement changes in their lives that will support their wellbeing

About the Course

The course integrates knowledge about the body, mind and energy from Western medicine and science with therapeutic mind-body modalities. It aims to give you motivation, tools and confidence to implement changes in your life that will support your wellbeing.

Benefits of the course include:

  • Increased ability to regulate the nervous system during stress
  • Increased ability to relax the body and mind
  • Improved length and quality of sleep
  • Improved posture and reduced tension in the body
  • Increased levels of interoceptive awareness
  • Increased confidence in ability to manage wellbeing
  • Reduced feelings of isolation
Week 1 - Grounding


  • Course overview and exploration
  • History and key elements of wisdom traditions
  • Modern applications – therapy and daily life


  • Grounding – Roots
  • Meditation – Mindful Awareness
  • Breathing – Diaphragmatic Breathing
  • Qigong – Qigong Foundations
  • Yoga – Yoga for Grounding
Week 2 - Regulation


  • Stress responses and exploring stressors
  • Regulation and the Window of Tolerance
  • Conscious regulation skills


  • Grounding – 5 Senses
  • Meditation – Leaves on a stream
  • Breathing – Coherent Breathing
  • Qigong – Purging and Settling
  • Yoga – Joint Releasing Series
Week 3 - Embodiment


  • Embodiment, regulation and the history of disembodiment
  • Elements of Embodiment – mindfulness and sensory awareness
  • Embodiment Practices and Approaches


  • Grounding – Body scan
  • Meditation – Metta Meditation
  • Breathing – Dirga Breathing
  • Qigong – 8 Silk Brocades
  • Yoga – Embodied Yoga Flow
Week 4 - Relaxation


  • Introducing the “Relaxation Response” for regulation
  • Exploring the 7 types of rest
  • Relaxation, rest and sleep for wellbeing


  • Grounding – Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • Meditation – Yoga Nidra
  • Breathing – Alternate Nostril Breathing
  • Qigong – Qigong for Relaxation
  • Yoga – Yoga for Relaxation
Week 5 - Habits


  • Exploring neuroplasticity and habit formation
  • A yogic view of habits and behaviours
  • Habit change – the habit loop, keystone habits and the golden rule


  • Grounding – Centering
  • Meditation – Heart Space Meditation
  • Breathing – Box Breathing – 4 Seasons
  • Qigong – Brain Balancing Qigong
  • Yoga – Yoga for Strength
Week 6 - Integration


  • From Coping to Thriving – establishing your priorities
  • Bring it all together – reflecting on the themes of the course
  • Creating your personalised Wellbeing Toolkit


  • Grounding – group choice
  • Meditation – group choice
  • Breathing – group choice
  • Qigong – group choice
  • Yoga – group choice

What's Included

  • Initial discovery call to check suitability and ask any questions.
  • 6 x half day sessions of taught content and embodied practices.
  • Video library of all the practices learned on the course (25 videos).
  • Access to free weekly yoga and qigong classes during the course.

Course Dates

The course is delivered as 6 x half day sessions, either in-person or online. The in-person sessions will take place at the Regen Centre, Landing Lane, Riccall, York, YO19 6PW

Online programme, Fridays – 9:30-13:00

  • 12th May 2023
  • 19th May 2023
  • 26th May 2023
  • 16th June 2023
  • 23rd June 2023
  • 30th June 2023

In-person programme, Tuesdays – 9:30-13:00

  • 16th May 2023
  • 23rd May 2023
  • 30th May 2023
  • 6th June 2023
  • 20th June 2023
  • 27th June 2023

Meet your teacher

Sam Alexander-Vasey

Sam is a wellness educator and qualified yoga and qigong instructor. She is currently undertaking a Diploma in Yoga Therapy with the Minded Institute, an international leader in yoga therapy and mind-body training. Her professional career includes 16 years working in the not-for-profit sector, with 12 in leadership roles. She is a Chartered Manager with the Chartered Management Institute, where she specialized in the topic of creating thriving organisational cultures with wellbeing at their heart. She is passionate about the central role of wellbeing to creating thriving lives, workplaces and communities and believes that mind-body modalities can be valuable tool to creating fulfilling and thriving lives.

Express interest

Places on this course are being funded by the Humber and North Yorkshire Integrated Care Board as part of their commitment to supporting the Primary Care workforce. If you’re eligible for the course and feel like it’s a good fit, please express interest by clicking on the link below. Sam will then get in touch to arrange an initial phone call to check suitability and for you ask any questions you may have about the course.