Issue 10

LifeForce Yoga® for Depression Research & News

From Amy Weintraub, MFA, E-RYT (500),

author, Yoga for Depression (Broadway Books)

Dear Friends, Colleagues & Students,

I recently enjoyed a workshop with the yogi Mark Whitwell, author of Yoga of Heart: The Healing Power of Intimate Connection, who said something simple and yet profound:

Wake down, not up.

It’s wonderful advice, I think, to stay grounded in our bodies. Our bodies are always in the present moment, and when we can listen to the messages they send us, we are more present and aware, and less likely to feel overwhelmed by the challenges life brings or the 50,000 thoughts that pass through our minds each day.

It’s especially important to “wake down, not up,” during the holidays and their aftermath, when it’s easy to get caught in the waves of emotion—sad feelings about feeling separate, worried feelings about buying gifts and other holiday preparations, restless feelings beneath the grey skies of January, joyous feelings when we do connect with friends and loved ones. All of these emotions are part of the human experience.

One of the gifts that our yoga practice provides is the cultivation of the observing mind. When we can remain present to the sensations in our bodies as we move and breathe, we are cultivating that present moment awareness that supports the development of the witness, what yogis call the Seer. It is from this place, that we can observe with equanimity our changing moods.

Current research in neuroscience supports this yogic understanding. In an article by trauma recovery researcher and clinician Bessel Van der Kolk, M.D., “Clinical Implications of Neuroscience Research in PTSD,” which appeared in the June, 2006 issue of the Annals New York Academy of Science, Dr. Van der Kolk says, “Once [traumatized individuals] realize that their internal sensations continuously shift and change [by attending to their inner experience] particularly if they learn to develop a certain degree of control over their physiological states by breathing, and movement, they will viscerally discover that remembering the past does not inevitably result in overwhelming emotions.”

You will see some preliminary results that support this contention below, in a report on the results of Susan Franzblau and her colleagues work at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, in offering pranayama breathing instruction to victims of domestic violence.

May your practice provide an oasis of calm strength as you move through the winter season.

Welcome to the 10th issue of LifeForce Yoga® for Depression News!

In this issue, we’ll be reporting current research and news of interest about yoga and mental health. I’ll highlight the events, workshops and trainings scheduled through March, and I’ll offer a brief personal review of yogi/musician Russill Paul’s work.

Please feel free to share this information with your friends, colleagues, clients and students.

NEWS: LifeForce Yoga® DVD

Almost Ready!

We’ve finished production of our first DVD, LifeForce Yoga® to Beat the Blues—Level I, which I hope to have available by the Tucson Retreat and Training in January. I am very happy with the production values. Not only was national award-winning Director of Photography Dan Duncan responsible for the creative shooting and editing in HD, but he was a joy to work with. Musician and composer Bill Cashman, of Cavern Recording Studios in Tucson, composed the original score. Longtime yoga teacher and friend, Bindu M.J. Delekta, of Sacred Circle of Yoga on Martha’s Vineyard, www.sacr edcircleofyoga.com whose rendering of the Gayatri mantra and Om Namo Bhagavate are dear to my heart, recorded those chants for the open and close. And pranams and thanks to Krishna Das who shared his recording of “Hara Hara Mahaadeva Shaambho,” from One Track Heart with us for our lively joint warm up. www.krishnadas.c om.

As I write this, we’re busy preparing the study guide, packaging design, marketing and distribution. Rose and I are learning as we go, the ins and outs of DVD distribution. Check the web site in January for a glimpse and ordering information. www.yoga fordepression.com

RESEARCH: Pranayama

Pranayama & Testimony Therapy increased Self-Efficacy in Battered Women

In this first controlled study to examine the effects of pranayama breathing on self-efficacy, the term that is used to describe a sense of having control over one’s life, the researchers found that although some factors improved for all treatment conditions, the greatest effect on self-efficacy for the battered women in the study was derived from the combination of testifying about the abuse to a trained listener and learning pranayama breathing exercises.

In addition to physical injury, battered women often suffer from depression, low self-efficacy, post- traumatic stress, anxiety, and low self-esteem. According to the authors, “when a woman experiences abuse, the lack of support and loss of self-confidence can result in increased feelings of hopelessness.” Therefore improving self-efficacy is an important first step in increasing battered women’s sense of self-worth and confidence so that they may be able to make the changes in their lives that will free them from the abusive pattern.

In this study, both the group that had the opportunity to offer testimony of abuse to a trained listener of the same race, and the group who was offered pranayama breathing instruction, showed improvement, as compared to the control group on the waiting list. However, the most significant improvement was measured in the group who participated in both Testimony and Pranayama instruction.

This study was supported by a grant from the National Center of Minority Health and Health Disparities, NIH, and conducted at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, NC.

Franzblau S H, Smith M, Echevarria S, Van Cantford, TE. Take a Breath, Break the Silence: The Effects of Yogic Breathing and Testimony About Battering on Feelings of Self-Efficacy in Battered Women. International Journal of Yoga Therapy. 2006; 16: 49-57.

Correspondence: Susan H. Flanzblau, PhD. sfranzblau@uncfsu.edu

RESEARCH: Hospital Survey on CAM

Alternative Medicine Going Mainstream

The survey, conducted and published by the American Hospital Association every two years, shows the percentage of hospitals offering one or more CAM services increased from 8% in 1998 to 27% in 2005.

Contrary to popular belief, researchers found that complimentary and alternative medicine offerings were most common in the Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin) and less common on the West Coast. The least common areas to offer CAM services were in the South (Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee).

The top six complementary and alternative medicine services offered on an outpatient basis among hospitals offering CAM were massage therapy (71%); tai chi, yoga, or chi gong (47%); relaxation training (43%), acupuncture (39%); guided imagery (32%), and therapeutic touch (30%).

Ananth, S. “Health Forum 2005 Complementary and Alternative Medicine Survey of Hospitals,” July 19, 2006. News release, American Hospital Association.

RESEARCH: Meditation

Mindfulness and substance use in an incarcerated population

This study analyzed the effects of nine Vipassana meditation interventions conducted at a minimum- security adult jail in Seattle, Washington over a period of 15 months. 305 inmates (mean age = 39) began the study, 173 completed a post-course assessment, and 78 completed a 6-month follow-up. Each intervention followed the basic format of Vipassana retreats: participants practiced for up to 11 hours a day, and were asked to refrain from speaking to each other. They were taught breath awareness, relaxation, and non-reactive observation of thoughts, feelings, and sensations. An unusual aspect of this intervention is that the participants were housed separately from other inmates during the 10-day course, and were not allowed outside contact. Men and women were taught in separate groups.

The study reports that participants showed significant reductions in substance use (alcohol, marijuana, and crack cocaine) compared to other inmates who received standard rehabilitation and substance abuse treatment. Participants also reported greater decreases in psychiatric symptoms and greater increases in internal locus of control and optimism.Among inmates who were released from prison during the study, there were no differences in recidivism rates. However, the overall recidivism rates may have been too low (13%) or the study period too brief to detect long-term differences.

Bowen, S., Witkiewitz, K., Dillworth, T.M., Chawla, N., Simpson, T.L., Ostafin, B.D., Larimer, M.E., Blume, A.W., Parks, G.A., & Marlatt, G.A. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 2006 Sep;20 (3):343-7.

Correspondence: Sarah Bowen, swbowen@u.washington.edu

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

Tucson LifeForce Yoga® Retreat & Training

As I write this, we have two places left for our January retreat in Tucson. If you are interested, please contact Rose to see if space remains: rose@amyweintraub.com, 520 349-2644.

Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research

Los Angeles, CA (January 18 – 21)

I look forward to seeing many of you at the first International Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research (www.iayt.org) in Los Angeles, January 18 – 21st, where author and founder of Somatic Yoga Eleanor Chriswell, EdD, and I will be moderating a panel on the Emotional Aspects of Yoga Therapy, with senior researchers and teachers Ian Cook, MD, David Shapiro, PhD, Marla Apt (senior Iyengar teacher), Swami Ramananda, Richard Miller, PhD, and Shanti Kaur Khalsa, PhD.

I’ll also be teaching a class/workshop on Yoga for the treatment of depression at the Symposium.

Kripalu Center

Lenox, MA (February 2 – 4)

I’ll be back at “home,” to teach at Kripalu in Lenox, MA, on the first weekend in February (2/2—2/4), offering LifeForce Yoga® to Beat the Blues. CEU’s are available for this program. http: //www.kripalu.org/presenter/28

Yes to Yoga

Estero, FL (February 11)

I’ll be offering a professional day-long workshop on LifeForce Yoga® Therapy for Mood Management for yoga teachers and other healing professionals at Yes to Yoga in Estero, Florida, on Saturday, February 10th. http://www. yestoyoga.com/

Joyful Yoga

Fort Meyers, FL (February 12)

On Sunday, February 11th, I’ll be in Fort Meyers, FL, offering, LifeForce Yoga® to Live Your Bliss, a fun afternoon of yoga, breathing and chanting for all levels, including beginners at Joyful Yoga. http://www.j oyfulyoga.com/

Bisbee Yoga Expo

Bisbee, AZ (February 17 -18)

I’m happy to be joining my fellow Arizona yoga teachers in Bisbee, Arizona, at the Bisbee Yoga Expo, offering workshops on both Saturday and Sunday, February 17th & 18th. www.bis beeyogaexpo.com

The Crossings

Austin, TX (March 2 – 4)

I love to teach at The Crossings in the Texas Hill Country, near Austin. I’ll be there teaching LifeForce Yoga® to Beat the Blues March 2 – 4th. For more information call 877-944-3003 or visit www.thecrossingsaustin.com.

Pyschotherapy Networker Symposium

Washington, D.C. (March 15 – 18)

Later in the month (3/15-3/18), I’ll be seeing many friends in the psychotherapy world, at the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium in Washington DC, where I’ll be offering a pre-conference day-long workshop, a clinical presentation, morning yoga and afternoon meditation sessions.

www.p sychotherapynetworker.org

Spiral Flight

Washington, D.C. (March 18)

After the Symposium, I’ll return to Spiral Flight Yoga Studio in D.C. on March 18th to offer a 4-hour workshop for all levels, including beginners. www.spir alflightyoga.com

REVIEW

YOGA OF SOUND 3-CD BOX SET, Russill Paul

Early in the morning, before sunrise, I am most often on my mat, practicing asana. For years, I didn’t play music when I practiced, but preferred to cultivate my own inner listening to sensation, breath, and my personal mantra with the surround of silence. Then, two years ago, I discovered Russill Paul’s chanting CD’s. Now, I alternate his Shabda Yoga for a Vedic experience with his Shakti Yoga for a Tantric experience. I chant with Russill or simply feel the vibration of his resonant voice surrounding me as I practice. His web site lists a number of CD’s, but the best buy seems to be the The Yoga of Sound 3-CD Boxed Set, which is designed as a complete chanting program. This is how he describes the music on his web site. “It contains three CD’s that you can use collectively to develop power, wisdom and beauty in your voice through the specific qualities of Vedic, Tantric and Devotional mantras featured in Shabda, Shakti and Bhava Yoga. They can also be used for your morning, noon and evening practice of mantra, yoga or meditation.”

http://www.russillpaul.com/chantingandm usiccds.html

RESOURCES

McMan’s Depression and Bipolar Weekly

In his excellent on-line newsletter, editor/writer John McManamy reports on current research, particularly related to pharmaceuticals. However, he also keeps readers in the know about complementary treatments, new books and other resources. John is working on a book about bipolar disorder. You can subscribe by emailing mcman@mcmanweb.com and put “Subscribe” in the heading and your email address in the body. www.mcmanweb.com

International Association of Yoga Therapists This organization maintains a vast database of Yoga research, a library, publishes a yearly journal, and a tri-annual newsletter with current research and articles. In addition, IAYT maintains a searchable online member database, which folks can use to locate a Yoga therapist/teacher in their local area. (They currently do not do any verification of training and experience.) If you are a health professional, a Yoga teacher or therapist or have an interest in Yoga therapeutics, I highly encourage you to become a member. www.iayt.org

RESOURCES

Yoga for Depression

To learn move about Yoga for Depression (Broadway Books)

Blessings on recovering and maintaining your positive mental health!

Amy

email: rose@amyweintraub.com

web: http://yogafordepression.com

“Amy Weintraub’s work is some of the most important in our world today for helping humanity understand more deeply the significance of the mind-body connection. Her in-depth understanding of her subject is an important basis for personal, as well as societal transformation.”

—Rama Jyoti Vernon, Founder, American Yoga College

“Amy Weintraub’s Yoga for Depression belongs in the hands of every person who experiences depression and in the library of every therapist who works with people suffering from depression.”

—Richard C. Miller, PhD, author of Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga and founding editor of The International Journal of Yoga Therapy

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What People Say

“Suffering from depression and chronic fatigue syndrome, I've tried medications, supplements, and many forms of traditional and nontraditional therapies without beneficial effects. While taking yoga classes with Amy at Kripalu, I noticed a definite shift in my consciousness, a reduction in stress, and an improvement in my well-being. Amy's classes have helped me to love and appreciate myself. Amy is an outstanding yoga teacher and in dealing with the fatigue and depression I experience, participation in her classes has been a real gift to my yoga practice and me.” — E. M., teacher, Lenox, MA
“I have found the LFYP training to be incredibly useful in giving people specific tools to use in maintaining physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual balance, and further opening their intuitive abilities.” — Nancy Windheart, RYT-200, LFYP, Reiki Master, Animal communication teacher, Prescott, AZ
“I had the pleasure of experiencing several private yoga sessions with Amy Weintraub, which were for me the most profoundly healing yoga experiences I’ve had.  Amy has the gift of not only being very skillful in helping me feel supported and "held" in yoga postures physically, but, also, the ability to use words to bring me more deeply into my own inner experience. I found myself releasing emotions that had been held in my body for a long time.  After the sessions, I had the experience of being much more at home within myself and much more present to my own inner experience. This was particularly important for me since I am a body-centered therapist who specializes in helping people get in touch with emotions held in the unconscious. Amy’s work is very important in a world where so little attention is given to one’s own inner experience. I’m grateful for having had the opportunity to experience the power of yoga with Amy.” — L.F. 44, Rosen Method Bodyworker Practitioner, Florence, MA
“Amy Weintraub's talent as a yoga instructor is surpassed only by her ability to inspire compassion and depth in each of her student's practice.” — LuAnn Haley, attorney, Tucson, AZ
“Amy’s gentle and caring presence blends beautifully with her skillful Yoga teaching talents.  I have enjoyed attending Amy’s unique class offerings for the past 4 years now.  As a practitioner and teacher of Yoga, I find that her style of teaching creates a safe place for me to deepen my own Yoga practice, free from the competitive "striving" attitudes found all too often in Yoga classes.  I have appreciated Amy’s strong focus on acceptance and presence and always leave her classes feeling happier, lighter and more centered in my true self.” — Janine Walter, Oriental Bodywork Therapist and Teacher, Tucson, AZ
“This workshop helped me rededicate my energies and begin to work through some of the blocks I’ve felt creatively.” — Steve Mark, college professor, New Haven, CT
“I gained tools for working with my own depression and with my clients’ depressions.” — Robert Sgona, LCSW, RYT, psychotherapist, Yoga teacher, Camden, ME.
“Amy’s 7 AM yoga class was a journey from darkness to light.  On each morning of practice the route is different.  She embodies the compassion that she writes about so well.” — JS, 48, biologist and writer, Tucson, AZ
“My life is already changed! I will use the tools I learned in my own practice and in my work. I feel safe and seen.” — Susan Andrea Weiner, MA, teacher/expressive arts facilitator, El Cerrito, CA.
“I began a fantasy during the meditation exercise... almost as if I’d been there. It’s now an on-going work of fiction.” — Serian Strauss, Tanzania
“In this well-written and well-researched book Amy Weintraub provides therapists with simple, easy-to-apply but powerful, breathing, meditation, and hand gesture techniques that do not require a mat or body postures. Therapists can easily incorporate these techniques into their practices without otherwise having to change what they do, and clients can use them on their own. Thank you Amy for giving us access to this ancient healing wisdom.” — Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D., developer, Internal Family Systems Therapy, author, Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model
“I came hoping to learn to move past some of the obstacles blocking my creativity. Over the course of this weekend, I feel I’ve gained a certain measure of faith in myself and in my ability to change. I also had some realizations that I believe will be very helpful to me. I feel encouraged. Both the content and presentation of this program were so well-thought out that I can’t think of any way to improve it.” — Andrea Gollin, writer & editor, Miami, FL
“Words do not do justice to all that I learned. This workshop changed my life!” — Jen Nolan, Teacher, Cortland, NY
“I have realized how to go deeper into myself and find what is blocking me. I now can focus and clear my mind. Keep Amy! She is fantastic. She enabled me to release and find where I need to go.” — Kathy Myers, homemaker, State College, PA.
“The pieces I wrote in Amy’s workshop are the best I’ve done. She brought out my confidence in myself and the best in my writing.” — Amy Wray, Iowa City, Iowa
“I utilize the LFY techniques in both a class room setting and one-on-one environment. The skills have infused my teachings with compassion, mindfulness, and awareness.” — Kat Larsen, CYT, LFYP
“As a Yoga teacher, Amy Weintraub’s most outstanding quality is her kindness. I have seen her work often with very challenging students and always maintain her attitude of patience and compassion. She provides a safe and enriching class.” — Tom Beall, RYT 500, Yoga teacher, Tucson, AZ
“As a teacher of yoga, Amy Weintraub has continually reinforced my longtime belief in the strong connection of mind-body-spirit. For the past three years, I have benefited, both personally and professionally (I am a clinical social worker), from Amy's supportive and competent guidance in yoga. Because of Amy's influence, I often recommend the practice of yoga to friends and clients.” — Dory Martin, CISW, Tucson, AZ
“Heal yourself with Yoga For Depression. I absolutely love this book and highly recommend it.” — Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. Author of Meditation as Medicine
“I typically live in a state of future hope and past fear, both totally about stress. When I practice yoga, my life begins again. I look out of new eyes that are a lot more about life and self-esteem. Amy is the best yoga teacher I have had.” — Jaqui Gee, massage therapist, Tucson, AZ
“Amy is extensively trained in many schools of Yoga. This allows her to provide a wide variety of information from which the student can choose. Amy knows that what benefits a student is a unique ‘recipe.’ She is a loving and kind teacher. As a colleague, I love to attend her classes!” — K.H., Yoga Teacher, Tucson, AZ
“Yoga Skills for Therapists brilliantly opens a door to the physical and spiritual layers of a client - one that therapists and counselors have been waiting to walk through. Its chapters unfold a unique and inspiring blend of ancient traditions and contemporary concerns. From a place of genuine respect, integrity and intention, Amy offers easily applied foundational yogic practices to enrich the therapeutic experience for both client and practitioner.” – Elissa Cobb, MA. Director of Programs, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy
“I have tried a number of antidepressants and therapy to treat my chronic depression. When I began working privately with Amy, something shifted, and I saw that I could live from a place bigger and brighter than my depression. At first, I just felt better for a few hours after our work together. But after several months, I am feeling that those positive feelings — more energy, more optimistic, more flexible — are taking me through the days in between our sessions.” — KW, technical writer, Tucson, AZ
“I had been on antidepressant medication for three years and had just been diagnosed with fibro myalgia when I began to work with Amy. She designed a sequence of postures and breathing exercises for me that I could practice at home. After four months, I was feeling much better, and after six months, I was able to stop antidepressants entirely. I still have low moods from time to time, but I know they will pass. Yoga has changed my life.” — C.L., 37, massage therapist, Sarasota, FL.
“Amy helped me find powerful personal images that fit perfectly into my short stories, and she helped me find a process to release my inner voice.” — Mark Heasley, Troy, Michigan
“This workshop has changed so much — my self-image and my life. My own heart’s desire is 100% clear. I gained tools to help myself and others to live life fully.” — Marcia Siegel, Yoga teacher, therapist, Carlsbad, CA.
“A psychotherapist might spend many years studying yoga and still not achieve anything near this elegant, practical, powerful integration. The instruction — while emerging from a 4000-year-oldtradition some consider esoteric — is immediately useful for treating abroad range of mental health disorders, even for therapists with no other background in yoga. As a bonus, the book seamlessly weaves in indispensable related tools, such as imagery, self-suggestion, and mindfulness meditation. It is a fabulous resource.” — Donna Eden & David Feinstein, Ph.D., Co-authors, Energy Medicine and The Promise of Energy Psychology
“As a musician living with multiple spinal deformities, I have participated in many yoga classes lead by Amy Weintraub. I see Amy’s classes as very fluid, well-structured arrangements of poses, breathing exercises and vocalizations. Amy manages to pace her sessions and her voice at just the right tempo as to add focus and confidence to the students’ efforts. The systematic progression of movements in Amy’s classes naturally engages the student to go further and further within, tapping into the wellspring of their potential.” — Léo Gosseli, musician, Prescott, AZ
“My experience in Amy’s classes for the past four years has been uplifting and powerful. I have found that the techniques she shares are powerfully effective for dispelling the dark clouds of negativity and hopelessness. But more than that, Amy brings us the ability to easily access the inner world where healing and self-understanding reside.” — Cynthia Athina Kemp Scherer, author, The Alchemy of the Desert and The Art and Technique of Using Flower Essences, Tucson, AZ
“In my private sessions with Amy, I learn, expand and heal, and I leave more vivid in every way. I rely on some of the exercises she teaches, throughout the day, to reenergize and rebalance.” — L.D., writer, Tucson, AZ
“This is a book about integrating the mind and the body, about using movement to mend oneself; in a world obsessed with psychopharmacology, reading it was a refreshing reminder that, in some cases, the tools we have to cure depression reside not in a pill, but in our own bodies, if we are willing to try.” — Lauren Slater, author of Prozac Diary and Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir
“Amy’s teaching is enthusiastic and loving.  She guides me gently, harmoniously and confidently to a mindful state and encourages me to find my own strengths and edges.  With well-chosen language and carefully executed examples, she reminds me of my own inner healing knowledge.” — Penelope Simmons, artist, founder of Odyssey Storytelling, Tucson, AZ
“Amy is a beautiful gift in my life! Her yoga offers a powerful blend of the practical and mystical. She has developed yogic solutions to many chronic health problems, and to many of the ways we habitually get stuck in our bodies and minds. Amy's yoga keeps me grounded and healthy, like the earth under my feet.” — Mary Driscoll, freelance writer and Ph.D., Southwest Institute for Research on Women, University of Arizona
“I feel profoundly transformed, both physically and emotionally. The connection between mind, body and spirit was clearly evident to me, but revealed to me through this workshop as an integrally vital link to overall health.” — Nadine Richardson, program manager at rehab agency, Monroe, CT
“Amy was just what I needed. Her values & thoughts & way of speaking stirred deep “hidden pockets” that need to be cleaned out. I’m glad I came. I know it will change my life.” — Sue Carlson, seamstress, Ayer, MA
“My patients can now have the same effects as many medications without having to actually take medication!” — Deborah Lubetkin, PSY.D, LFYP, West Caldwell, NJ
“This program changed my life in a significant way. It helped me connect with the spirit which is something you can’t get from psychotherapy and medication.” – G. W., artist, Pittsburgh, PA
“In the compassionate voice of someone who definitely knows the territory of depression, Amy Weintraub presents Yoga science and personal stories, research results and poetry, and practice instructions that are genuinely interesting in this very readable book that is both comprehensive and totally inspiring.” — Sylvia Boorstein, author of That’s Funny You Don’t Look Like a Buddhist and It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness
“In this book, Amy Weintraub directly addresses the core of depression: the problem of Being itself, in the finest tradition of Yoga. Yoga for Depression is an astonishingly comprehensive guide to the art and science of Yoga. Herein lies a Yogic blueprint for how to be a human being, written by a compassionate and generous teacher.” — Stephen Cope, author of Yoga and the Quest for the True Self and The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker’s Guide to Extraordinary Living. Director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living
“I am indebted to Amy's Yoga instruction for teaching the part of me that had trouble letting go. My wife died almost two years ago, and I am now free of grief and other destructive thought-patterns. Since practicing Yoga with Amy, my meditation practice has gone to new dimensions.” — John deCoville, systems analyst, Tucson, AZ
“Amy is a wonderful instructor. She is a vital and vibrant person and she kept the program flowing. Her voice was very soothing and nurturing and she created an open, safe and sacred space.” — Mary Lou Tillinger, massage therapist/rural carrier, Plainfield, CT
“With a specific emphasis on managing mood, Amy’s book delivers dynamic insights and yoga-based practices that she has refined over decades of first-hand experience working with clients, students, and therapists, that relax, focus, and reduce the symptoms and causes of anxiety, depression, and stress, as well as prepare the mind and body for the integrative work of psychotherapy.” — Richard Miller, Ph.D., author, Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga, President, Integrative Restoration Institute.
“Weintraub has written…a sensitive, intelligent, painstaking exploration of the deeper psychospiritual issues that make up the complex experience of depression.” — Phil Catalfo, Yoga Journal
“My personal practice will change, as well as my yoga classes. I have a better understanding of yoga!” — Andrea Gattuso, RYT, Yoga Teacher, Hackettstown, N.J.
“I gained perspective of who I am in the world and this will change my life significantly.” — Mary Ford, artist, Southport, CT
“I have found the pranayama (breathing practices) especially easy to introduce in a clinical setting. Some people have benefited quickly in unexpected and transformative ways.” — Liz Brenner, LICSW, LFYP, Watertown, MA
“Amy Weintraub shows how to use yoga as a resource for psychological healing and personal growth. Her methods are grounded in ancient wisdom, informed by modern science, and eminently practical for reducing anxiety, lifting mood, and improving self-regulation. She is a master teacher, and her skills and heart are woven throughout this new classic for therapists, clients, and anyone interested in inner strength and peace.” — Rick Hanson, Ph.D. author of Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
“Yoga Skills for Therapists is the ideal resource for those who want to bring yoga practices into psychotherapy or healthcare. Weintraub, a leader in the field of yoga therapy, offers evidence-based, easy-to-introduce strategies for managing anxiety, improving mood, and relieving suffering. Helpful clinical insights and case examples emphasize safety, trust, and skillful adaptation to the individual, making it easy to apply the wisdom of yoga effectively in the therapeutic context.” — Kelly McGonigal, PhD, author, Yoga for Pain Relief, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Yoga Therapy
“Research now validates what yoga adepts have claimed for thousands of years: Yoga practices profoundly affect our state of heart and mind! Drawing on her wisdom and notable expertise, Amy Weintraub guides us in bringing this ancient science of healing into clinical settings. Yoga Skills for Therapists is both practical and inspiring; it will allow you to offer the precious gifts of yoga to your clients and deepen the roots of your own practice as well.” — Tara Brach, Ph.D., author of Radical Acceptance (Bantam, 2003.)
“Giving my clients a strategy and permission to quiet their minds and rebalance the sympathetic nervous system has been very beneficial to them and in our work together.” — Sue Dilsworth, PhD, RYT 200, LFYP, Allendale, MI
“Amy offers many guidelines and solutions through yoga, to both those who suffer from depression and to yoga teachers working with them.” — Angela Farmer, internationally known master Yoga teacher
“It is not just Amy’s yoga classes that have added richness to my life as both a yoga student and a yoga therapist, it is more importantly how she integrates and exudes yoga into her daily life that is inspirational for me.  While I have been the beneficiary of her thoughtful, well constructed and emotionally well tuned yoga classes, I have also received her wit and wisdom through informal, "off-the-mat" interaction as well.  In both cases, I have been able to tune into myself at a deeper level and feel more successful in my practice as a result of her care-full teaching and living.” — JJ (Jesse) Lee, owner, Body & Soul Fitness Training, Reno, Nevada
“I have gained a softer heart, more receptive mind, and tools to enrich both personal and professional aspects of my life.” – Regina Trailweaver, LICSW, clinical social worker, Hancock, VT.
“Amy is a treasure. Through her gentle and affirming teaching style, she helped me establish a yoga practice that has become a most satisfying and grounding aspect of my life. I was surprised by the depth of the experience and the enduring nature of the changes I enjoy through this practice.” — CA, journalist, videographer, Tucson, AZ
“Amy Weintraub’s work is some of the most important in our world today for helping humanity understand more deeply the significance of the mind-body connection. Her insights are inspirational for yoga teachers and all readers. Her in-depth understanding of her subject is an important basis for personal, as well as societal transformation.” — Rama Jyoti Vernon, Founder, American Yoga College, co-founder Yoga Journal
“I’ve worked with Amy’s Yogic sets for the last two years and they have literally transformed my emotional state. Amy takes me, step-by-step, through postures and breathing exercises that straighten out my emotional tangles. Practicing Yoga has positively affected my whole world.” — S.S., retired computer engineer, Cambridge, MA
“Amy has a wonderful, powerful presence. Her energy radiated to the entire group. I feel better able to be who I am and to be compassionate toward myself in a new, loving, way.” — Suzanne Phelps-Weir, editor, Boston, MA
“I have gained an incredible opening and clearing of old obstructions. I hope to return to my life and fill this opening with things I love to do and that give me joy!” — Lisa Shine, administrative assistant, Ballston Lake, NY
“I have been reminded that I am not on this path alone, that others are sharing the journey that sometimes seems so difficult. I have also been reminded of the importance of daily practice and I will do that. The whole program has been an incredible experience for me. Thank you!” — Lorraine Plauth, retired teacher, Voorheesville, NY
“I learned lots of ways to reduce the anxiety and depression of my patients and myself.” – Aviva Sinvany-Nubel, PhD, APN, CNSC, RN, psychotherapist, Bridgewater, N.J.
“I integrate strategies like mantra tones and pranayama, but above all I invite myself and those I teach to cultivate svadhyaya, to practice self-observation without judgment.” — Barbara Sherman, RYT 200, LFYP, Tucson, AZ
“As a ‘regular’ in Amy’s 7 AM Mon/Wed/Fri. yoga class, I felt a strong attachment to Amy and her Yoga practice.  I have been with her for 2 1/2 years and I am 82 years old.  A few months back I had the flu and missed two classes; she came to my house to check on me.  I could not believe she did this with her busy schedule.  This is a testimonial to her caring for the individual.  Amy is very special to me and keeps me going.” — D.W., retired nurse, Tucson, AZ
“A client who returned said, "When I came before, you helped me understand and get where I wanted to go. Now you show me yoga practices I use to help myself understand and get where I want to go.” — Sherry Rubin, LCSW, BCD, LFYP, Downingtown, PA
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