This Experiential workshop is open to all with yoga experience and is Part A of a 3-Part certification course to become a LifeForce Yoga Practitioner – level 1. Learn an empowering, evidence-based Yoga protocol for self-care and to help students and clients focus, relax, and have greater access to feeling states. You will experience all aspects of LifeForce Yoga, including pranayama, kriya, asana, nada yoga (sound), bhavana (visual imagery) sankalpa (intention/affirmation), meditation, and non-dual self-inquiry.
There will also be opportunities for practicing with one and other and receiving feedback from the faculty. For those who are already LifeForce Yoga Practitioners, this can be taken as a refresher course/retreat. 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 repressed emotion.
This Experiential is offered in a yoga retreat ashram setting on a beautiful beach, where you may attend daily early morning and evening satsang with the ashram residents that includes meditation and chanting. One satsang per day is required, both are recommended. This program has extended hours.
Students of this course will:
- Design one-on-one Yoga sessions for dysthymia (chronic depression), anxiety-based depression, PTSD, and bipolar disorder
- Learn breathing and meditation practices for addressing dysthymia and anxiety-based depression
- 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
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)
Rose Kress, ERYT-500, LFYP-2, LFY Educator, Mentor
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 Program Manager of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute and travels with Amy to assist her in LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Trainings. She is a lead trainer in the Sol Center’s Yoga Training Program. Rose is also the author of 2 CDs, Mantra Chanting with Rose and Pathways to Relaxation.
Kathleen Williams, PhD, KYT, LFYP
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.
Sivananda Ashram Schedule: 36 Program Hours Required for Part A Certification
- Mar 11 – 14: 8 – 10 am (Inauguration Puja at 8 am on the 6th); 12:00 – 3:00 pm
- Mar 15: 8 – 10 am; 12:00 – 4:00 pm (Graduation Puja at 5:15 pm)
- Satsang: 6 – 7:45 am; 8 – 10:00 pm (One a day is required, both are recommended)
- Sivananda Yoga Class 4:00 – 6:00 pm (Recommended)