Issue 26

Early Spring 2010

Some of you heard that I had foot surgery. Thank you for your kind wishes for my speedy recovery. I’m not walking yet, but on my 3rd day out, I practiced yoga and did a little belly pumping kriya to get things moving again. It worked!

What I appreciate most ~

Smokey’s nearly constant presence, allowing me to love on her.

Rose checking in and pitching in to do whatever I can’t.

Friends supporting me and my Sweetie who had replacement shoulder surgery last week.

Learning to say “please” and “thank-you” over and over again.

How wonderful it feels to take a shower!

How incredible it feels to chop veggies.

Letting go of my “to-do” list.

Yoga Nidra on my iPod.

Elevating my leg which gives new meaning to restorative poses.

Watching Smokey stalk the birds from our indoor perch.

I had hoped to be up and walking again by March 19th to teach in Texas, but with the kindness of the yoginis at the Divine Center of Yoga, who offered to postpone, we have rescheduled the LifeForce Yoga to Manage Your Mood weekend in the Dallas/Fort Worth area until the weekend of May 21-23.

Meanwhile, I’m enjoying Neil Pearson’s new Yoga DVD for chronic pain, which couldn’t have arrived at a better time, and Robin Carnes new iRest Yoga Nidra CD. Both are reviewed below.

A grateful namaste,

Amy

RESEARCH: YOGA REDUCES MED STUDENT STRESS

In a recent study at McGill University in Canada, researchers found that a brief structured yoga intervention improved the overall health and reduced perceived stress and depressive symptoms among medical students. The fourteen firts-year medical students who participated in the 16-week yoga program expressed an overall improvement in their general well-being.

Med Teach. 2009 Oct;31(10):950-2.

andreeanne.simard.jmance@ssss.gouv.qc.ca

To read the abstract, click here.

RESEARCH: HAPPINESS AND HEALTH

Two recent studies makes the mind-body connection abundantly clear. In the first, we have evidence that our emotions effect our heart-health. The second study confirms that exercising the body effects our emotions. A study published in the European Heart Journal followed 1,739 healthy men and women living in Nova Scotia, Canada to see if positive emotions might have an impact on heart function. On the outset, researchers gauged the levels of depression, hostility and anxiety in study subjects, as well as their propensity for happiness, evident in feelings such as contentment and pleasure.

The researchers found that the happiest people were 22 percent less likely to develop heart disease over the 10 years of study follow-up than the volunteers whose scores fell in the mid-range of the emotional scale. Those most at risk? The people who had the highest rankings of negative emotions. Those least at risk? The happiest.

The second study shows that if you have a chronic illness and you exercise regularly, regardless of the status of your illness, you will feel less anxious. The study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, analyzed data from 40 studies on how exercise affects anxiety. All of the 3,000 study participants were sedentary individuals who had chronic illnesses but were still able to exercise in sessions of at least 30 minutes.

Compared with similar individuals who did not exercise, the people who exercised had a 20% reduction in anxiety symptoms. Exercise helped people no matter what kind of health problem they had: cancer, depression, heart disease, fibromyalgia. Multiple sclerosis was the only condition in which exercise did not appear to have a significant effect.

Commentary: Exercise is wonderful, but for those who are ill, compliance in a regular exercise regime can be difficult. It is more likely that a yoga routine designed to meet a person where she is constitutionally and emotionally, that emphasizes breath and awareness of sensation while practicing, will not only achieve a higher compliance, but will sustain a parasympathetic response that will calm all aspects of the nervous system.

RESEARCH: YOGA MAY REDUCE INFLAMMATORY RESPONSE

Researchers at Ohio University Medical School found that 50 healthy women who participated in three restorative yoga sessions had a more positive affect than a control group who watched a video. Based on their findings, the researchers concluded, “the ability to minimize inflammatory responses to stressful encounters influences the burden that stressors place on an individual. If yoga dampens or limits stress-related changes, then regular practice could have substantial health benefits.”

Psychosom Med. 2010 Feb;72(2):113-21. Epub 2010 Jan 11.

NEWS: Yoga Teacher Training with Amy Weintraub

Although Amy’s training programs in LifeForce Yoga® for Depression and Anxiety are for those who are already certified as Yoga teachers and for mental health professionals, she is often asked to teach a basic level yoga teacher training or a yoga therapy teacher training. Here is your opportunity to earn certification in two Yoga Teaching programs, the first of which requires only a love for and a regular practice of yoga; the second of which brings those who are already teaching yoga to the next level, certifying them as yoga therapists. Both programs offer a nationally-recognized faculty of Yoga professionals, researchers and therapists.

The first program is a 200-hour yoga teacher training at a beautiful studio in coastal Delaware that meets in two 13-day modules. Amy joins Harvard researcher and Yogi Sat Bir Khalsa and senior Kripalu teachers Rudy Peirce, Larissa Carlson and Ed Harrold to offer The Whole Self Yoga Teacher Training.

Comfort Zone Yoga Center

This training provides the knowledge, skill and personal development so that you may offer an environment of physical and emotional safety for your students. You will learn the latest research and practices for teaching to the issues of weight-loss, inflexible athletes, depression and anxiety. Bring your love for yoga and the faculty will help you develop the skills to teach yoga with your intuitive gifts.

ComfortZone Center

Lewes, Delaware

2 – 13 day modules

April 18 – 30 and June 27 – July 9, 2010.

For more information, visit: www.ComfortZoneYogaCenter.com

The second program is a 300-hour yoga therapy certification offered by Inner Peace Yoga Therapy that takes place at a beautiful mountain retreat center outside Asheville, N.C. in two modules: Nov 6 – 19, 2010 and January 30 – February 12, 2012. With 30 hours of home-study, and a previous 200-hour certification, this program qualifies for a 500-hour Yoga Alliance certification.

Inner Peace Yoga Therapy

Amy Weintraub, along with other esteemed yoga therapist trainers, including Shar Lee, Marc Halpern, Nischala Joy Devi, Neil Pearson, Antonio Sausys, and Durga, will be teaching in the yoga therapy certification program that offers yoga teachers and health care professionals the tools they need to help individuals with health challenges manage their condition, reduce symptoms, restore balance, increase vitality, and improve attitude. Topics include Structural Yoga, Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy, Adapting Yoga for Heart Disease, Yoga for Cancer, Yoga for Depression, and much more. Register before March 31 and save $200!

www.innerpeaceyogatherapy.com/programs

Calendar Highlights

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ (March 13 – 14, 2010)

Tucson Festival of Books

Amy will be giving a one hour presentation followed by a book signing, Saturday March 13, 4 – 5:30pm, Chemistry Building (on the Main Mall), Room 134, General Admission is Free.

www.tucsonfestivalofbooks.org

2010 Integrative Medicine Mental Health Conference

Phoenix, AZ (March 22 – 24, 2010)

LifeForce Yoga: Empower Your Clients to Manage Their Moods

Amy will be leading a seminar on the application of Yogic techniques in clinical settings.

www.integrativemedicine.arizona.edu/events/conferences.html

Psychotherapy Networker Symposium

Washington, DC (March 25 – 28, 2010 )

Amy will be leading an all day program on Thursday: “Embracing Our Polarities-A Day of Yoga,” a clinical presentation during the conference, and will be the LifeForce Yoga® facilitator leading morning yoga and afternoon meditation.

www.psychotherapynetworker.org/symposium2010

Sivananda Ashram

Paradise Island, Nassau Bahamas (March 30 – 31, 2010)

Easter & Passover Symposium on Yoga and Sacred Healing

Amy will be leading a workshop on LifeForce Yoga during this Symposium on the effects of yoga therapy, sound healing, and mind body therapy on your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.

www.sivanandabahamas.org/index.php?page_id=2091

Sivananda Ashram

Paradise Island, Nassau Bahamas (April 1 – 6, 2010)

LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training for Depression and Anxiety Level 1

This is a certification training for yoga teachers and health professionals. If you are not a yoga teacher or mental health professional, but have taken at least one LifeForce Yoga weekend program, please consult with Amy for permission to attend.

www.sivanandabahamas.org/index.php?page_id=2017

Yoga Flow

Tucson, AZ (April 17, 2010)

LifeForce Yoga to Manage Your Mood

1:00pm – 5:30pm, Amy will be leading an all day LifeForce Yoga intensive assisted by LifeForce Yoga Practitioners on Yogic techniques that you can use to benefit your mood.

www.yogaflowtucson.com

Kripalu

Lenox, MA (April 23 – 25, 2010)

Manage Your Mood with Food and LifeForce Yoga

Amy teaches with well-known nutrition reporter and author of the Food Mood Solution, Jack Challem,

www.foodmoodsolution.com.

www.kripalu.org/presenter/28

Divine Center of Yoga

Dallas, TX (May 21 – 23, 2010)

LifeForce Yoga to Manage Your Mood

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

www.divinecenterofyoga.com/events.htm#amy-weintraub

for Amy’s complete calendar of events:

www.yogafordepression.com/calendar.html

REVIEW: Integrative Restoration Meditation (iRest Yoga Nidra)

With Robin Carnes

Integration Restoration MeditationRobin Carnes, a senior iRest teacher/trainer, has been instructing yoga and meditation for active duty service members returning from combat since 2006 and teaching Yoga for over fourteen years. She dedicates her new iRest CD to U.S. military service members and their families. On this CD, Carnes leads the full Integrative Restoration practice, a meditation protocol for health and wellbeing developed from the ancient practice of Yoga nidra (Yogic sleep), by clinical psychologist and Yogi Richard Miller.

Carnes’s voice is both soothing and clear. Her delivery is slow and, though her instructions are precise, she offers listeners a wide degree of latitude. She suggests that practice can be done lying or sitting, with eyes opened or closed. She encourages practitioners to “welcome experience just as it is” without trying to relax or change anything. Although she suggests an intention of remaining awake and alert, she acknowledges that sleepiness or mental distraction may occur so that it can become hard to pay attention to her guidance. In the introduction to the practice, she invites listeners to “take it as it comes. Whenever you notice you’ve drifted away from responding to the instructions, gently bring your attention back and take up the practice from there.”

Unlike most Yoga nidra CDs, this one has a rhythmic music track. While I at first found this distracting, the repetitive musical pattern seems to mimic the steady beat of breathing in and breathing out, so for many practitioners it may lend support for sustaining a continuous and even breath.

This is the most thorough practice of the iRest protocol I have heard, and as such, it’s one of the longest. After you’ve listened once, you may choose to skip the introduction, but the full practice will still take more than an hour. There are ten separate tracks, so you have programming flexibility if you don’t have the time for the practice in its entirety. In addition to the full body scan that guides the practitioner to a safe and peaceful awareness of physical sensation and instruction in breath awareness, other individual tracks focus the listener’s attention on the opposites of sensation, emotions and beliefs. The exploration of the opposites gives rise to a larger field of awareness, thereby increasing the listener’s tolerance of varied mood states. The movement between polarities may lessen the impact of troubling emotions and negative self-talk. Overall, the practice can provides a deeply relaxing experience that lifts the mood and calms the mind.

For more information on Robin Carnes and her work, please visit, www.yoganidranow.com

REVIEW: Overcome Pain with Gentle Yoga Level 1 DVD with Neil Pearson

Overcome Pain with Gentle YogaWe all need gentle, nourishing, and supportive practices in our lives and this is exactly what Neil Pearson, physiotherapist, yoga therapist and Chair of the Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Science Division, gives us in his DVD Overcome Pain with Gentle Yoga Level 1.

The video opens with Pearson discussing pain, pain management and the contents of the practices he presents. He says, “Understanding pain and learning to live well again are keys to recovery from chronic pain.” When the body experiences chronic pain, the nervous system becomes more sensitive and more reactive to pain. Learning new techniques to teach the nervous system to respond in new ways is the focus of this DVD. While you might feel better after just one practice, Pearson reminds us, “Repetition, persistence and patience, these are all required” if we are to relieve ourselves of pain.

Pearson focuses on breath awareness in all of the movements, rather than micro managing the body. Practitioners are guided into each movement with easy to follow instructions and then guided back to the breath; each position begins and ends with the breath. For the most part, modifications are not needed, but some are offered during the practices either by Pearson or by one of the students practicing in the video. Pearson suggests that you watch this DVD several times before practicing so that you become comfortable with the movements. He also suggests watching with your physiotherapist or yoga therapist for help in modifying the movements to your specific needs.

Practice One: Learning to Breathe Again – Breathe to reduce pain.

The first twenty minutes of this practice happens on the floor with the focus on breath awareness and learning to move with your breath. A gentle standing sequence follows, where Pearson repeats the breath work and some of the movements done on the floor and ends with a short relaxation.

Practice Two: Releasing Body Tension – Reconnect to let go.

This practice begins with a supine joint freeing sequence to release tension in the body. He then moves into a stronger breath-centered standing practice, followed by a short relaxation. Throughout the practice there are opportunities to pause and sense into the body, noticing how the movements are affecting you.

Practice Three: Awareness Beyond Pain – Freedom.

This practice also begins on the floor. This time Pearson sets the intention, “stay aware of everything that is happening in your body moment to moment.” He then leads a stronger standing practice with some core strength focus, all the while guiding practitioners to keep the breath calm and the mind expanded to encompass the whole body. The relaxation at the end is somewhat longer than the previous practices as he guides an awareness of opposites of sensation.

If you suffer from chronic pain, this is an excellent resource. However, you might lengthen the relaxation at the end of each practice, as this will likely be an important aspect of your healing.

This DVD is appropriate for beginners and novices, although it is still advisable to watch before you practice. Further resources can be found at Pearson’s website, www.lifeisnow.ca

Reviewed by Elena “Rose” Kress

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What People Say

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