Yoga for Mood Management: Retreat & Training
February 24 - February 28
Washington, NJ 07882 United States
Led by Rose Kress & Debbie Lubetkin with Kathleen Williams
Featuring Saturday night Kirtan with Dalien aka 13 Hands
Take time to dive into LifeForce Yoga for Mood Management. This retreat offers self-care strategies for stress reduction and bliss building. Students will practice LifeForce Yoga techniques in group setting as well as one-on-one. During this mid-winter retreat you will learn:
- Breathing practices to energize and clear (pranayama & kriya)
- Sound practices to deactivate the limbic system (mantra & nada yoga)
- Visualizations to enhance affirmation, intention, and postures (bhavana & sankalpa)
- Meditation practices to focus the mind – LifeForce Yoga Chakra Clearing Meditation
- Deep restoration (yoga nidra)
- Yogic self-inquiry for negative self-talk
- Enjoy the blessing and deep healing of Kirtan with Dalien aka 13 Hands
This experiential retreat includes a certification track for those interested (counts as Module A in the 3-Part certification course). Yoga and health care professionals and general practitioners will learn strategies appropriate for a clinical setting that can safely release chronically held physical tension and release tensions held in the physical, emotional, and spiritual body. For those who are already LifeForce Yoga Practitioners, this can be taken as a refresher course.
- Learn how to apply LifeForce Yoga practices to release the constrictions of dysthymia (chronic depression), anxiety, PTSD, and bipolar disorder
- Learn breathing and meditation practices that are appropriate and accessible for anyone suffering from dysthymia, anxiety-based depression, anxiety, PTSD, and bipolar disorder
- Learn how to add somatic strategies to clinical practice and Yoga classes to increase clients’ self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-esteem, and ability to cope
- Experience techniques you can teach your clients and students to do at home
- Practice asanas (postures), pranayama and kriyas (breathing and cleansing), mantra (chanting), bhavana (development of the mind), sankalpa (resolve and intention), mudra (hand gestures), meditation, therapeutic long holding of postures and non-dual strategies for working with negative self-talk
- Take home tools and confidence for working with individuals suffering from depression and anxiety
- Counts as Module A in the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training – Level 1 in Three Parts
Required Reading: Yoga for Depression by Amy Weintraub (Broadway Books)
Required Practice: LifeForce Yoga DVDs & CDs
Recommended Reading: Yoga Skills for Therapists (W.W. Norton)
30 Contact Hours meet the Required 26 hours for Part A Certification. This program is designed by Amy Weintraub and is based on the practices in Yoga for Depression and Yoga Skills for Therapists.
Rose Kress, ERYT-500, LFYP-2, YACEP, Mentor, Director of LifeForce Yoga
Rose began practicing yoga in 1994 and teaching since 2004. In that time she has focused on the therapeutic aspects of yoga – for the body, mind and soul. Rose teaches classes and workshops throughout the Tucson area and has been blessed to teach at The Crossings in Austin, TX, at Yogaville in VA, at Kripalu in Lenox, MA, and Sivananda Ashram in The Bahamas with the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training Program. She has also presented at a number of Yoga Festivals in Arizona. Rose integrates LifeForce Yoga techniques into therapeutic yoga for back pain, cancer, pulmonary disease, structural wellness, and yoga therapy. She studies with Rama Jyoti Vernon and has taken the Functional Yoga Therapy Training with Maria KaliMa. Rose is the Director of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute and teaches in the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Trainings. Rose is also the author of 2 CDs, Mantra Chanting with Rose and Pathways to Relaxation.
Deborah Lubetkin, Psy.D., LFYP-2, RYT-200, LifeForce Yoga Mentoring Director
Deb is a Licensed Psychologist with a private practice in NJ for over 20 years. She became certified as a LifeForce Yoga practitioner, Level 1 in 2009, returning to complete her Level 2 certification in 2011. Deborah was then certified in 2013 as a Kripalu Yoga Teacher. Deborah’s private practice incorporates Eastern philosophy with the challenges of Western living to create a forum for her clients to develop an integrative plan to address a wide variety of mood related imbalances. In addition to integrating Psychotherapy with LifeForce Yoga in individual sessions both on and off the mat, Deborah runs groups and workshops in her community around the theme of “Balancing Mood with LifeForce Yoga.” She also teaches a weekly LifeForce Yoga class at a local studio, and volunteers with a program called Yoga Connections teaching LifeForce Yoga classes in Israel for one week each year. Integrating LifeForce Yoga and Kripalu Yoga into her life and psychotherapy practice has created remarkable shifts in the way that she moves through a session with a client, in the way clients move through the process of therapy, and in the way Deb moves through her life.
Kathleen Williams, PhD, KYT, LFYP2
Kathleen holds a PhD from Seton Hall University and a Master’s degree from New York University. In addition, she is certified in EMDR and trained in Brain Spotting, Addictions and Internal Family Systems. Kathleen is a Kripalu 200 hour Yoga teacher as well as a certified Yoga of Recovery Teacher and trained as a LifeForce Yoga Practitioner. Kathleen has practiced in the field of Counseling Psychology since 1996 independently while teaching as an adjunct professor mostly at the Graduate level at the College of St. Elizabeth and at Rutgers School of Education. Prior to working privately, Kathleen was the Associate Director for the University Counseling Services at Seton Hall University where she offered psychological services in a range of areas including: drug and alcohol, eating disorders, depression, anxiety and college adjustment concerns. Kathleen’s greatest passion of late is in utilizing Yoga and therapeutic skills toward healing the nervous system with mental health concerns and toward achieving greater peace in daily living.
Dalien aka 13 Hands
2 time Grammy nominee, Professor of Yoga at Montclair State University and Sacred, Sound Shamanic Therapist paying it forward in yoga centers, retreats, corporate, education and other arenas. He has 15 albums, plays 30 instruments and shares inspiring wisdom on how he cured himself of Crohns, colitis and other endocrine issues. He’s had the honor to share/teach alongside Shiva Rea to Seane Corn to Krishna Das to Snatam Kaur to Sean Johnson to Jack Kornfield, Anne Lamott, Dr. Emoto, Gary Null and The Dalai Lama.