Issue 18

LifeForce Yoga® for Depression

News & Research

Issue: # 18 Spring/Summer 2008

“Take your practiced powers and stretch them out

until they span the chasm between two contradictions…”

~Ranier Maria Rilke

Decisions, decisions! Do they produce anxiety for You? Sometimes they do for me. Not making a decision is always a decision in the long run. On the other hand, sometimes we make a sudden and impulsive move to allay the discomfort of uncertainty. It may be a good choice–or not. “A peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one,” says Rita Mae Brown.

I have a new strategy for staying present to that inner conflict and allowing myself to bask in the discomfort, until it’s time to choose. It’s a self-inquiry I’ve added to my meditation, and it seems to be helping.

Decision Inquiry

First, I practice a breathing exercise like bellows breath to clear the space.

Then I may do a bit of mantra chanting.

Next I’ll ask that clarity and compassion flow through me so that I can make the best choice for all concerned.

Then I visualize a possible outcome of a particular choice with as much detail as possible. For me, it helps to write it out, then visualize it.

I ask my body to respond to the images.

I notice what’s happening with my breath.

When I finish this inquiry, I write down what I noticed, and what I feel about what I noticed. I stick to observations and feelings about the visualization, not the decision itself.

In my next meditative inquiry, I’ll repeat the process, visualizing an imagined scene were I to make a different choice.

So far, I still haven’t made up my mind, but I’m more comfortable in the unknowing!

May it be easy for you.

In addition to research, news, and calendar highlights for the summer, Tucson Yoga teacher and LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Barbara Sherman reviews Elissa Cobb’s book: The Forgotten Body: A way of Knowing and Understanding Self.

I hope to meet you in the light of Yoga this summer! Please see my schedule below. www.yogafordepression.com/workshops.htm

Om Shanti,

Amy

In This Issue

ANNOUNCEMENT: LifeForce Yoga® Practitioner Training

NEWS: LifeForce Yoga Mood Study Accepted for Publication

NEWS: Level 2 DVD Released

RESEARCH: Brain Stimulation and Depression

CALENDAR

BOOK REVIEW: The Forgotten Body: A Way of Knowing and Understanding Self

ANNOUNCEMENT: LIFEFORCE YOGA® PRACTITIONER TRAINING

There are 2 LifeForce Yoga® Practitioner Level 1 Trainings scheduled for the next year. Prerequisites for Certification: Yoga Teachers (200 hr), Psychotherapists, Health Professionals.

LifeForce Yoga Training for Anxiety and Depression, Kripalu, Lenox, MA, July 6th – 11th. Registration for this program has begun, click here, or call 800-741-7353.

This is a professional certification training open to Yoga teachers, psychotherapists, and other health professionals. CEUs.

Tucson LifeForce Yoga® Healing Retreat & Training, January 17th – 23rd, 2009. Registration has begun, click here. Early Bird Rates and Discounts are available now.

This program is open to all yoga practitioners, including beginners.

If participating in the training, health professionals, psychotherapists, and yoga teachers will have extended hours and may receive certification. CEUs.

While you may come if you are working with mood issues, the retreat is not appropriate for those in the acute phase of PTSD, major depression, Bipolar I, or any other psychiatric diagnosis. If you have any questions about this, please write us.

KaliAsana

NEWS: LifeForce Yoga Mood Study Accepted for Publication

The LifeForce Yoga Mood Study, which measured participants’ moods two weeks, then two months after attending 4- or 5-day LifeForce Yoga workshops and trainings, has been accepted for publication by The International Journal of Yoga Therapy. Participants learned the LifeForce Yoga protocol at trainings in Tucson, AZ, at Kripalu Center, Mount Madonna, and the Omega Institute. Results show a significant improvement in mood after two weeks of home practice that was maintained two months later.

If you would like to see a preview of the study, please write investigator Shannon Bennett, MA, at smbennet@bu.edu. Harvard researcher Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD, was the lead investigator.

NEWS: LIFEFORCE YOGA® LEVEL 2 RELEASED

For those of you wanting a more vigorous practice that includes the meditative aspects of LifeForce Yoga®, the new DVD is now available. Amy guides mantra, mudra and pranayama breathing throughout the asana practice that is focused on self-awareness. Produced and directed by the same award-winning team that brought you the high production values in the Level 1 practice, the DVD was shot in Tucson, includes a deeply restorative Yoga Nidra relaxation, and is an hour and twenty-five minutes in length. The video is divided into chapters, so the practices can be viewed independently or together.

Level 2

For more information and to order, please visit www.yogafordepression.com.

For wholesale orders of ten or more, please contact Rose Kress at rose@amyweintraub.com.

RESEARCH: Brain Stimulation and Depression – Yogic and Medical

There is money to be made from the 4 billion people who suffer from depression, and companies are lining up to treat it with a variety of surgical brain stimulating techniques.

Following the vagus nerve stimulation technology, developed by Cyberonics that the FDA approved last year for the treatment of major depression, there are a number of brain stimulation strategies being tested, some of which will likely come to market in the next few years. Each company’s strategy involves invasive surgery and has side effects.

If you look closely at the research, whether it’s the St Jude system of sending electric pulses through invasively implanted electrodes in the “Brodmann Area 25” of the brain, an area that researchers believe is linked to severe depression or Medtronic, which targets a different area of the brain for electrical stimulation, or Northstar Neuroscience, which is testing a system that stimulates the outer surface of the brain, or cortex, only about half those tested responded. As measured by the companies who are developing the products, the shift in mood, after about six months of treatment was 40 – 50% amongst the 56% that responded.

Over several millennia, yogis have perfected a non-invasive technology, a brain stimulating treatment for depression called “Skull Shining Breath.” (Kapalabhati). There’s also solid evidence to support “Sudharshan Kriya,” a breathing practice taught in the US by the Art of Living Foundation, as a treatment for major depression, with a far better outcome (67 – 73% improvement in mood) than the expensive and invasive brain stimulating techniques under development.

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

In June, I’ll be in California, teaching “LifeForce Yoga: From Blues to Bliss” at the Mount Madonna Center. I’ll travel east in July to teach the 5-day LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training (42 CEUs) at Kripalu Center and a LifeForce Yoga Mood Management Weekend at Omega Institute over the 4th of July holiday weekend. In August, I’ll make my first visit to the Cape Cod Institute, offering a professional seminar for the mental health community called LifeForce Yoga: Empower Your Clients to Manage their Moods. Then, I’ll return to the Boston area to teach a one-day intensive at the Arlington Center.

I feel happy to be visiting Hollyhock in September for the first time. It promises to be a beautiful retreat center on an island in British Columbia.

Please join me in the light of Yoga at one of these events!

For more information on a program, or to register, click on the program title.

Mt. Madonna

Watsonville, CA (June 13 – 17, 2008)

LifeForce Yoga: From Blues to Bliss

Amy will help you cultivate the compassionate inner space that allows you to embrace life’s challenges with a peaceful mind and a courageous heart.

Omega Center

Rhinebeck, NY (Jul 4 – 6, 2008)

LifeForce Yoga® to Beat the Blues

Amy leads a weekend LifeForce Yoga® retreat that will leave you feeling balanced and revitalized.

Kripalu

Lenox, MA (Jul 6 – 11, 2008)

LifeForce Yoga® Practitioner Training Level 1

In this professional training, learn to help your students and clients focus, relax, and manage their moods using ancient yogic strategies. CEUs

Cape Cod Institute

Eastham, MA (Aug 4 – 8, 2008)

LifeForce Yoga®: Empower Your Clients to Manage Their Moods

Amy leads a course on using yogic techniques in clinical settings. CEUs

Arlington Center

Arlington, MA (August 10, 2008)

LifeForce Yoga® Intensive to Manage Your Mood

Amy will guide a practice of emotion-regulating pranayama, kriyas, and mantras, mood-lifting meditations and guided visualizations, and yoga asanas suitable for all levels.

Hollyhock

Cortes Island, BC CANADA (Sep 6 – 10, 2008)

LifeForce Yoga® for Depression & Anxiety

Amy leads a 5 day retreat on the southeastern beach of Cortes Island where you will learn yogic tools to help you regulate your mood.

For Amy’s full teaching schedule, please visit

www.yogafordepression.com/workshops.htm

BOOK REVIEW: The Forgotten Body: A Way of Knowing and Understanding Self by Elissa Cobb

By Barbara Sherman, RYT 500, LFYP-1

The Forgotten BodyIn this elegant memoir-enhanced guide to self-awareness, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy co-director Elissa Cobb writes with clarity about the wisdom of the body. She presents convincing testimony that, “The body is an essential, yet often forgotten, source of knowledge…” Through journal entries, she reveals moments of self-discovery in her practice of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. Elissa surrounds personal experience with anecdotal evidence from others, empowering quotes, inspiring poetry and evidence from scientific inquiry.

Science and poetry spiral around each other as Elissa takes us into the world of neuroscience. She informs us of the “biochemical potential for thought throughout the body,” and expresses wonder for the “sentience of cells”. She connects these contemporary investigations with the ancient concept of samskaras and offers us a poem from her journal about untying the knots of tension in her body.

Elissa convincingly proclaims that cellular memory “is the key to our self-understanding.” She maintains that these deeply hidden memories have much to teach us. Diving into her body, Elissa faces and eventually embraces the painful memories of her past. “The authentic self that I am discovering, through experiencing my body, is the subtlest part of me that is never unconscious. It is the “part” of me that is abiding wisdom…”

To help the reader understand the concepts presented in her book, Elissa includes both physical exercises and meditations. These are simple yet profound. Her meditation on imagining yourself as a droplet of water is a breathtaking metaphor for demystifying consciousness.

Reading this book is like being on a long journey with the author. Her spirit is in her words as if they, like cells, were sentient beings reaching out on every page. Just when I thought I was lost in a concept too overwhelming, a sentence or phrase would touch me deeply. Just when I got that itchy feeling to skip ahead, a seed of truth would appear and I found myself slowing down to plant it.

More than memoir, this book is a tantalizing look at cellular structure and the nature of consciousness. It is a joyful, sometimes frightening revelation of our potential for jivan-mukti, becoming fully awake in this lifetime, aware of our divinity as well as our humanity.

RESOURCES: LifeForce Yoga®

2 Award-winning, 75-minute videos (DVD) practice,

led by Amy Weintraub

· Programmable Chapters

· Original music

· Includes a Study Guide booklet

· Shot on-location in Tucson, AZ by Emmy-award winning Director of Photography, Dan Duncan.

In both Level 1 & Level 2 DVDs, Amy Weintraub, MFA, E-RYT 500, author of the book Yoga for Depression (Broadway Books), offers a comprehensive sequence of breathing techniques, toning, and postures to lift and balance the mood.

Level 1LEVEL 1 – In this gentle, beginning, yet invigorating video yoga practice, Amy invites practitioners into the loving embrace of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Quan Yin, “she who hears the cries of the world.” In the sacred space Amy creates, students begin to feel and safely experience their bodies and their emotions. The practice culminates with Yoga Nidra, or deep relaxation, in which participants integrate the experience and return to full wakefulness feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

***Winner of 4 Bronze Telly Awards***

Music by William Chapman, Krishna Das, & MJ Bindu Delekta

Level 2LEVEL 2 – Amy offers modifications throughout this more challenging sequence of postures. Here, Amy invokes the energy of Shiva in his incarnation as the Fire Dancer Nataraja, guiding viewers to stay present to the sensations in their bodies, cultivating self-awareness as they burn away what is no longer serving them. The practice ends with an invitation to allow the awakened prana to guide the practitioner into her own flow of poses before transitioning into Yoga Nidra.

Music by Master Charles ~ Synchronicity & MJ Bindu Delekta

“A rare gem. This is a DVD that I will enjoy, and continue to learn from, for years to come.”-Richard Miller, PhD – President, Center of Timeless Being; author, Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga

“No matter what your mood, Amy’s unique LifeForce Yoga program will bring you balance and joy. I loved this practice!”-Lilias Folan, PBS Host; author, Lilias! Yoga Gets Better with Age

“This is a wonderful testament to self-acceptance, the sentiment at the core of beating the blues.”-LA Yoga

For more information or to order, please visit:

www.yogafordepression.com/Life_Force_Yoga_DVD.htm

RESOURCES

iREST YOGA NIDRA

Tools for deepening your awareness from the Center of Timeless Being by Richard Miller, Ph.D.

www.nondual.com

Free Weekly Yoga Sutra of Pantajali with commentary by Nischala Joy Devi

The author of “The Secret Power of Yoga” is offering a free weekly, positive-heart felt Yoga Sutra of Pantajali with commentary, via email.

www.AbundantWellBeing.com

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. You can subscribe by emailing

mcman@mcmanweb.com.

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 vicinity. (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 encourage you to become a member.

www.iayt.org

Have a Healthy Mind

Dr. Richard P. Brown and Dr. Patricia L. Gerbarg offer integrative approaches for mental health and brain function that include herbs, nutrients, yoga, yogic breathing and meditation based on their research and clinical experience as psychiatrists and psycho-pharmacologists.

www.haveahealthymind.com

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What People Say

“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
“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.
“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
“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
“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.
“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
“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
“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
“I gained perspective of who I am in the world and this will change my life significantly.” — Mary Ford, artist, Southport, CT
“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
“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
“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.
“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
“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.)
“Words do not do justice to all that I learned. This workshop changed my life!” — Jen Nolan, Teacher, Cortland, NY
“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
“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
“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 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
“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.
“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
“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
“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.
“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 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
“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 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
“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
“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.
“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 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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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 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
“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
“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 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
“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
“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 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 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.
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“I gained tools for working with my own depression and with my clients’ depressions.” — Robert Sgona, LCSW, RYT, psychotherapist, Yoga teacher, Camden, ME.
“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
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