Yoga and its connection to mental health

Yoga and its connection to mental health

by Nikolai Blinow, LMHC

Nikolai Blinow is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and yoga teacher in Cranston, RI. In her TED talk at the TEDxSalveReginaU event, Nikolai explains the similarities between mental health treatment and yoga practices.

Drawing specific instances from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and the Astanga 8 Limbs, Nikolai explains the ways that these can both be seen as treatment plans, or steps to take towards living a better life.

Though both have their benefits and disadvantages, Nikolai shows us how by bringing together yoga's focus on self-awareness and insight, as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy's professional support, guidance, and feedback, we can create truly holistic mental health care and space for healing and growth.


Nikolai Blinow is a Licensee d Mental Health Counselor and yoga teacher in Cranston, RI. She is also the founder of OMpowerment Psychotherapy, a space for integrative, holistic, and creative psychotherapy. She uses her training in interpersonal communications, mental health counseling, yoga, motivational interviewing, and dialectical behavioral therapy to create a truly integrative and collaborative style.