Optimal State for Psychologists

Optimal State For Psychologists: 

Holistically Assessing Mental Health Through the Lens of Yoga

There are many ways to assess a person’s state of wellness and balance. The “Optimal State®” methodology, developed by Amy Wheeler, Ph.D., synthesizes profound insights found in ancient yogic and Indian philosophy texts about how to recognize when we are out of balance on multi-dimensional layers of our human system.

This workshop is for mental health professionals interested in learning a new and complimentary way to holistically assess themselves and their clients’ state of balance on physical, physiological and psychological levels. It offers an opportunity to empower you and your clients with skills in self-awareness and self-regulation.  In essence, the assessment is a healing tool for the client.  And once the client understands how to track their own mental health fluctuations, they can then become more self-empowered to keep their mind in balance daily.  Plus, the Psychologists will learn new insights and tools for accurately assessing your client and this can strengthen their ability to optimize interventions, which can lead to better clinical outcomes.

Through the Optimal State® Assessment Workshop, you will learn about different indicators that help people better understand how to identify potential imbalances on different layers of the human system. For example, this methodology allows for discernment of such things as whether anxiety and/or depression is manifesting in the mind and/or the body.

In this workshop we will teach simple daily practices (breath work and meditation exercises) demonstrating how to encourage a human system to come back to balance.  We will teach how different integrated body/breath/mind interventions can be tailored depending upon what layer of the system is out of balance.       

Video of Amy, Becky and Melaney Describing the Benefits of the Online Program


Participants will:

  • Understand Yogic & Indian Philosophy models for holistic human assessment as a tool of self-empowerment for the client
  • Learn how the elemental qualities express in your clients (and yourself) on multiple layers: physically, physiologically, mentally and emotionally
  • Discover which elements contribute to causing 80% of mental imbalances in yourself and your clients
  • Develop skills for self-assessment that can be used in daily life for better self-care and self-empowerment
  • Understand how the client assessment can inform simple interventions for better clinical outcomes
  • Give examples of accessible yogic interventions for body, breath and mind that can help restore balance on physical, physiological, mental and emotional levels
  • Learn breathing patterns that can create feelings of being uplifted, or balancing or soothing.  These breathing exercises can be used the the Psychologist, the client or both
  • Learn meditation techniques that an help the Psychologist and client cultivate more balance, peace and contentment


Participants will receive the following handouts to use with your clients:

  • 3 Charts for use in educating clients about the principles of self-assessment using the Optimal State paradigm.
  • 4 Worksheets to assist you in practicing assessing your clients on the physical, physiological(breath), mental & emotional layers of their system.
  • We will also provide you with a library of videos for specific breathing techniques that are useful for Psychologist and client
  • We will provide you with links to meditations for stress reduction, anxiety pacification, depression managment and more

DATE: June 1st, 2019
TIME:   9:00 am-12:00 pm
LOCATION: Online via Zoom Platform
Event Phone: #520.205.1106



$65 Early Bird Discount (if registered by 5/15/19)
$75 (after 5/15/19)


Amy Wheeler, Ph.D., C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 

Amy Wheeler, Ph.D. is the Founder and Director of Optimal State Programs, which provides both Yoga and Yoga Therapy Training Programs. She is a Professor of Kinesiology at California State University, San Bernardino for 20+ years. Amy’s degrees include a B.A. and M.A. in Health Promotion and a Ph.D. in Education and Psychology. Amy has traveled to India many times and was certified to teach Yoga and Yoga Therapy in the Tradition of T. Krishnamacharya. Before that, she was certified by several other internationally recognized Yoga and Yoga Therapy Training Programs. She currently serves as President for the International Association of Yoga Therapist (IAYT). Amy also helped the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) set standards for Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy.

Melaney Seacat, MA, C-IAYT, 500 RYT

Melaney Seacat left her 25-year career in environmental planning and consensus building to pursue her passion to teach people what she has learned about the power of Yoga Therapy to heal and transform our lives. She is grateful to her team of Yoga Therapy teachers in the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar.  Melaney also attended a month-long yoga therapy internship at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in India. Melaney thrives on collaboration and works as a team with her students and, when appropriate, with their psychotherapists. Her approach is informed by her training in Somatic Experiencing Technique – a psychotherapeutic method for healing trauma – through Dr. Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. Melaney works in private practice and in health care institutions in Boulder, Colorado and Tucson, Arizona with people dealing with anxiety/depression, trauma, addiction, structural problems, and symptoms related to chronic disease. Melaney has also taught trauma healing methods to teachers in low-income schools. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from UC Santa Cruz and a Masters in Geography from the University of Arizona.

Becky Deano, MA, C-IAYT

Becky was introduced to yoga in 2000 while completing her Masters in Counseling and Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute where she became interested in how the tools of yoga could be helpful in mental health. In 2004 she began studying in the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya, and received her certification in this tradition as a yoga teacher and yoga therapist (1,000 hour program). She also completed a two module advanced teacher training at the Commonweal Cancer Help Program to support work with those with a cancer diagnosis. She has been a teacher assistant in the Yoga Well Institute training program in Nashville and is currently on the faculty at Optimal State of Living, a yoga therapy school operated by Amy Wheeler, Ph.D. Optimal State focuses on training yoga teachers and yoga therapists, and additionally offers specialization in how the tools of yoga can be helpful in work with those presenting with a mental health issue. Becky holds a license from the State of Louisiana as a Professional Counselor (LPC), and also is a certified yoga therapist with IAYT (C-IAYT). Becky has had a private therapy practice since 2007 with her primary focus being wellness for those with mental health issues. In addition to her private practice Becky has been a yoga teacher at Yoga Sanga since 2006. For several years she co-taught a “Yoga for Cancer” class at Ochsner Medical Clinic. Additionally, since 2013 she has been under contract teaching yoga to Veterans with a mental health diagnosis.




  • Optimal State Assessment Workshop: Holistically Assessing Mental Health Through the Lens of Yoga
    June 1, 2019
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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