Internal Family Systems Therapy Goes to the Mat with LifeForce Yoga: 3 Days of Healing Body, Mind, Heart & Soul
April 28, 2017 - April 30, 2017
We will combine yoga practices for accessing Self energy, meeting our parts, with deep self-inquiry and discovery. Through yoga practices appropriate in clinical settings such as: pranayama breathing, meditations, mudras, mantras, movement, guided imagery, deep relaxation, experiential exercises, demonstrations and discussion, participants will explore the combination of Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) and LifeForce Yoga practices. Throughout the weekend you will experience how the integration of these two models enhances the healing process.
Nurture your parts and your whole being. You will leave feeling relaxed and energized, confident in your ability to integrate LifeForce Yoga skills and IFS and with new tools for self-care. This weekend is open to the general public, yoga teachers and mental health professionals. All bodies and abilities welcome!
Richard Schwartz, PhD, developer of the Internal Family Systems model, and Amy Weintraub, creator of LifeForce Yoga, are both innovators. Dr. Schwartz developed a new model of psychotherapy from curiosity when his most challenging clients did not improve. Amy Weintraub developed a school of yoga, focused on attending to the emotional body after she experienced the transformational effect of yoga in her own life, when she began a daily practice in 1989. Liz Brenner and Laura Orth have developed protocols and practices to integrate these models for optimal healing of individual and collective wounds.
Yoga Philosophy and Internal Family Systems therapy share the belief that all of us have a healthy, core Self in addition to multiple states of being, some of whom get stuck in extreme roles due to life experiences. The non-dual nature of LifeForce Yoga melds with the Internal Family Systems approach, welcoming all aspects of the human experience supporting the following goals: liberating parts from extreme roles that are no longer necessary, allowing the wise Self to lead the system, and re-harmonizing the internal family system.
Yoga is so much more than asana or postures. LifeForce Yoga highlights practices that are accessible and adaptable for clinical settings, yoga therapy, and home use. Some practices are targeted to depression, others to anxiety and trauma reactivity.
We will learn practices that that will help:
- Access Self energy
- Strengthen Self-to-part relationships
- Unblend parts
- Care for parts that are not yet unburdened
- Safely tend to exiles who are not yet unburdened
Please let us know if, in addition to attending to enhancing your life through personal growth, you are also intending to enhance your work as a yoga teacher, mental health or other professional.
Dates and Times:
- Friday, April 28, 2017, from 9 am to 4:30 pm
- Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 9 am to 4:30 pm
- Sunday, April 30, 2017, from 9 am to 3:30 pm
This weekend workshop will provide 17 CEUs.
About the Instructors
Liz Brenner, LICSW, is the Director of Therapy Training Boston, providing continuing education that refuels and inspires helping professionals in Watertown MA. Liz’s teaching, supervision and clinical work are grounded in family systems therapy, interpersonal neurobiology and trauma theory. She is a Level 2 IFS graduate and LifeForce Yoga practitioner. Liz finds the integration of LifeForce Yoga with IFS therapy to be deep, efficient work, and is excited to share it. She sees individual, couples and families as well as providing supervision and agency training. Learn more information at: therapytrainingboston.com.
Laura Orth, LICSW, is a clinical social worker who currently provides individual and family psychotherapy and patient relaxation groups at Southboro Medical Group. Level 2 trained in both LifeForce Yoga and, Internal Family Systems, and as a yoga instructor, she integrates yoga breath work and mindfulness skills in her psychotherapy practice. She is inspired to teach others these practices in an open-hearted and affirming way. Laura is a mentor for the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute.
- Participants will experience and learn LifeForce Yoga practices to address depressive symptoms as well as symptoms of anxiety and trauma reactivity. By the end of the weekend they will be able to take home at least three practices.
- Participants will experience and learn empowering ways to work with parts to enhance their relationship with Self, unburden them and re-harmonize the internal family system. They will be able to identify and better understand at least one part of themselves.
- Participants will begin to learn a model for integrating LifeForce Yoga practices and IFS therapy. They will understand how to use LifeForce Yoga practices to enhance Self as well as create more curiosity and compassion toward parts.
- Participants will learn to use body sensations to organically create practices that meet the needs of parts.
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