About

Ieva Kurmyte

Health and Social Psychologist

Healthy lifestyle and personal development coach, yoga teacher

Provides lectures, workshops, coaching and counselling sessions

ABOUT

Was born in Lithuania, studied in UK and Netherlands. Also have been working in France, Spain, Belgium.
I am specialising in health and social psychology teachings, counseling and couching.

I have been practicing Ashtanga yoga since 2012 and Bhakti yoga since 2015. I am also following vegan lifestyle since 2013.

 

EXPERIENCE

I enhanced my personal skills and experience doing a variety of work experience in different fields such as people welfare, children education, mentoring, translating, management in Lithuania, United Kingdom, France, Spain and Netherlands.

Also, volunteering in different non-profit voluntary programmes regarding different social issues such as poverty (Food Bank), homeless (SIFA Fireside), children, education (Aston University Schools & Outreach), health (St. John Ambulance), ecology (Greenpeace), veganism (L214 Éthique & Animaux), different international youth exchanges.

 

EDUCATION

Bachelor’s Degree of Biology and Psychology

Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom

2011 – 2015

Modules:

1st year: Physiology, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology.
Developmental Psychology, Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods and Statistics, Cognitive Psychology: Attention and Perception; Learning and Memory.

2nd year: Nutrition and Dietetics, Biotechnology, Immunology, Key Skills, Molecular Genetics.
Thinking and Reasoning, Cognitive Neuropsychology, Individual Differences and Psychometrics: Intelligence and Personality, Research Methods, Psychology and the Brain, Social Psychology.

3rd year: academic placement year in Health Education teacher’s assistantship.
Identifying health risk behaviour that may be damaging to a person’s health such as sleep importance, nutrition, physical activity, stress, addictions, etc.

4th year: Human Physiology, Bioethics, Endocrinology, Immunology.
Dissertation: “Which diet works better for managing Diabetes: Low Carbohydrates Diet, Very Low Calorie Diet or Intermittent Fasting?”.

Cognitive and Social Psychology, Health Psychology, Neuropsychology, Attention, Mind and Brain, Developmental Psychology, Neuropsychiatric Disorders, Psychology of Allergic Conditions.
Dissertation: “Does Sleep Deprivation affect Working Memory?”.

 

Master’s Degree of Health and Social Psychology

Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands

2016 – 2017

Modules: 

Self-regulation. Why is it so hard for some people to limit their alcohol consumption? Why do some people lose their temper easily? It is well established that many people struggle with calories, cigarettes and emotions every day and that people can vary enormously in their ability to succeed in self-regulation. 

Bad habits. Several recent theoretical views are used to explain how (un)healthy and (un)wanted behaviours develop and endure. Reviewed various types of bad habits in the broad sense of the word and learn how these are acquired, including addictive behaviours, excessive eating, and risky sexual behaviour.

Manipulation. Focus on techniques and strategies to influence or ‘manipulate’ other people’s opinions, judgments and behaviour. 

Planning Behaviour Change. Introduction a process for creating behavioural change programmes (Intervention Mapping) 

The topic of dissertation: To what level do university students suffer from stress and what is the role of personal and academic factors in relation to stress?

The main focus of this degree is on understanding how people’s personalities, cognitions and social environment influence their health and social functioning. I analysed the underlying mechanisms of unhealthy or antisocial behaviour using recent theories and models from various psychological disciplines. I used this knowledge to set up behaviour-change programmes.

 

Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Course 200 hours

Bhaktivedanta College, Gokul Yoga, Belgium

06/2018 – 07/2018

Modules: 

Meditation
Breathing techniques (Pranayama)
Practical teaching skills
Basics of prenatal yoga
Alignment of the asanas
Basics of anatomy
Contraindications for yoga practices and preventing injuries in yoga
Physical alignment techniques and how to approach them safely with props
Techniques in physical, energetical and mental  alignment through the concepts of marma, sthira and vrtayyah
Yoga Philosophy (Yogasutras and Bhagavad Gita) including 6-week online course completed before the onsite training