Holistically Assessing Mental Health Through the Lens of Yoga

Event Phone: 520.205.1106

Optimal State® Assessment Workshop:
Holistically Assessing Mental Health Through the Lens of Yoga 

Melaney Seacat, MA, C-IAYT, 500 RYT  seacatyoga@gmail.com


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. New insights and tools for accurately assessing your clients can strengthen your 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. Some simple practices demonstrating how to encourage a system back to balance, and how different integrated body/breath/mind interventions can be tailored depending upon what layer of the system is out of balance, will be provided.            



Participants will:

  • Understand Yogic & Indian Philosophy models for holistic human assessment
  • 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
  • Develop skills for self-assessment that can be used in daily life for better self-care
  • 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


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.

TIME:   2:00-5:00 pm
PLACE: Boulder Healing Hub, 1650 38th S#100e


$65 Early Bird Discount (if registered by 2/10/19)
$75 (after 2/10/19)

FREE! Pre-workshop introductory lectures with Melaney!

Mental Health and Yoga Therapy

Presented by Melaney Seacat, MA, C-IAYT, Registered Psychotherapist- seacatyoga@gmail.com

Come to this free presentation and learn how yogic practices and therapeutic models can support mental health.   This presentation will be especially useful for mental health professionals interesting in learning how the complimentary yoga therapy modality can benefit them. A new, integrated model for holistically assessing health will also be introduced. Experiential mind/body tools for supporting wellness and balance on physical, physiological and psychological levels will be demonstrated.

Melaney Seacat is a certified yoga therapist, a registered psychotherapist and a faculty member of the Optimal State® Yoga Therapy School. Melaney recently re-located her private practice of one-on-one yoga therapy to Boulder, Colorado. She specializes in working in compliment with mental health professionals and in integrating ancient yogic practices with the emerging somatic (body-based) psychology approaches to healing trauma.

This presentation will be held at:
BOULDER PUBLIC LIBRARY, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Arapahoe Room (2nd Fl) on
FEB. 11, 2019: 11:00 am–Noon — and on —FEB. 16, 2019: 4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Melaney Seacat, C-IAYT, RYT500, B.A., M.A is passionate about empowering people with tools for embodied healing.   She is a certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapy and has completed three years of training in the Somatic Experiencing Technique for healing trauma. Melaney trained with senior teachers in the T. Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar Yoga tradition such as Dr. Amy Wheeler and Chase Bossart, and through a month-long internship at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in India. Prior to moving to Boulder, Melaney has worked in private practice and in health care institutions in Tucson Arizona with people dealing with anxiety/depression, trauma, addiction, structural problems, and symptoms related to chronic disease. She also teaches trauma healing methods to teachers in low-income schools. Melaney’s background in Buddhist and other meditation methods, and her prior work as a professional facilitator inform her emphasis on collaboration, self-compassion and self-empowerment in supporting others on their journey toward sustainable health.


  • Optimal State Assessment Workshop: Holistically Assessing Mental Health Through the Lens of Yoga
    February 23, 2019
    2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Free: Mental Health and Yoga Therapy Presentation with Melaney
    February 11, 2019 - February 16, 2019
    11:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Free: Meet & Greet with Melaney, January 23rd, 2019
    January 23, 2019
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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