Issue 28

Summer/2010

LifeForce Yoga

Greetings! There are eyes that see into eternity. A presence beyond the power and magic of shamans. Let that in. Sink to the floor, full prostration. ~Rumi I’m thinking about “presence beyond the power and magic of shamans” today, because I’ve just returned from an Ayurvedic session in Tucson with a teacher/healer who has that gift of presence. For Maria Kalima, as with all good teacher/therapist/healers, it is not about “fixing,” but rather “allowing.” (You can read more about Maria Kalima’s work below.) When we offer practices to help our students/clients clear the space within of what is constricting their hearts, their bodies, their minds, then we empower them to listen and trust the wisdom that arises from their own true nature. The best practitioners (teachers/therapists/healers), no matter where or by whom they have been trained, are those who can gently attune to their client’s/student’s/patient’s needs. Some can even attune to a group in the same way they intuitively understand and align with an individual. What this takes, I believe, is a practice that daily clears the constrictions in the practitioner’s body/mind, so that she or he meets the student/client without a preconceived agenda or the “expert’s” focus on “fixing.” The brilliance of such a practitioner is the alignment of her or his own gifts of intuition and wisdom (and this comes from a depth of training, personal practice, and meeting with many students/clients along the way) with the received wisdom of the universe, which is not seaparate from her client’s true nature. When the practitioner is clear and in alignment herself, that practice or treatment appropriate for the one with whom she is sitting will naturally arise. I look forward to seeing many of you in Colorado at Shambhala Mountain Center and meeting new friends in the historic coastal town of Lewes, Delaware at the Comfort Zone Yoga Center over the 4th of July. I’ll be on the East Coast this summer, teaching at Kripalu (the LifeForce Yoga® Practitioner Training), Omega, and in August at the Cape Cod Institute.

Join me for a retreat and or training this summer. A few days of deepening your practice will bring you months of clarity. How do I know this? I’ve just returned from my own annual dip into the cooling waters of retreat in San Rafael with Richard Miller.

Om peace, peace, peace, Amy

Research: Antidepressants can increase the Risk of Miscarriage

The results of this study done at the University of Montreal and reported May 31 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal provide one more reason to suggest a prenatal yoga class to a woman with depressed or anxious mood. In the study that included 69,742 women, those taking the drugs most often prescribed to treat depression and anxiety – including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) and the older tricyclics – had a significantly higher risk of miscarriage than a matched control group of women who did not take antidepressants.

In a prenatal yoga class, a pregnant woman can not only learn to breathe and stretch in ways that are calming and mood-elevating for herself and possibly her fetus, but she establishes a community of like-minded others with similar concerns. The community of a prenatal yoga class can provide an additional means of support through the postnatal period whern there is an even higher risk for depression. A prenatal yoga class can offer an alternative to the SSRI or other antidepressant that she may not wish to take during pregnancy.

To read more about this study, click here.

Research: Mindfulness Increases Well-Being and May Boost the Body’s defense against disease

Researchers at Fox Chase Cancer Center, an academic health center in Pennsylvania, found that participants in a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR), which includes yoga and meditation, had a decrease in C-reactive protein, which is a marker of inflammation. Those study participants who reported an improvement in overall mental well-being also had increased activity in natural killer cells, which are known to play a key role in building a strong immune system. The study showed significant improvements in anxiety and overall distress

Read the study on line here.

Recommendation: Trauma Resource

I know that everyone is sending out Ezines and newsletters these days, and our inboxes are overflowing with “news,” much of it primarily of a marketing intent. Certainly, in this very newsletter, I let you know of upcoming LifeForce Yoga® programs and trainings as well as new book, CD & DVD releases that might help you and your students/clients better manage mood.

The newsletter I am about to recommend is no exception. Yes, the author will remind you of her upcoming appearances, but I would suggest you take note of them! I’m pointing you, seriously, to Deirdre Fay’s Safely Embodied website and newsletter. It’s one of the few I actually open, planning to skim, and then am stopped by the wisdom and authenticity of this excellent writer and clinical social worker who specializes in trauma treatment. I am always glad I took the time to read the Safely Embodied Newsletter in its entirety. If you would like to see what I mean, visit Deirdre’s site.

You can subscribe to her newsletter.

A Teacher’s Teacher Maria KaliMa

I am just returned from an Ayurvedic consultation and treatment with Maria KaliMa, whom I am grateful to call a neighbor and friend here in Tucson. Maria is an inspiring example of the kind of teacher/healer I spoke of in my note above who intuitively attunes and aligns with her clients. She has been teaching in the Tucson LifeForce Yoga® Practitioner Trainings since their inception in 2005, wrote a section on Ayurveda for the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Level 1 Manual and teaches internationally as well. Adjacent to her lovely desert home (with guest rooms) is her newly renovated Ayurvedic treatment temple, complete with a body steam cloak, shirodara oil drip, a Japanese soaking tub, and the herbs and oils to assist in flushing toxins out of the body/mind during Ayurvedic massage and spa treatment.

As many of you know, I recently had foot surgery and though I am walking and dancing and practicing Yoga and hiked rigorous mountain trails in Sedona this past weekend, my feet feel sore and old and neglected and, well, grieving. I told Maria that I was leaving her treatment temple with baby’s feet. It’s a good thing I’m a yogi, so I can suck my toes tonight!

LifeForce Yoga Programs in Tucson

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a number of LifeForce Yoga programs in Tucson, AZ. All programs are open for registration.

The Desert Redemptorist Renewal Center does not pay taxes to the state of Arizona and does not support the recently passed AZ immigration law.

Be the Welcoming!

A LifeForce Yoga Thanksgiving Retreat

November 26th – 29th, 2011

How can we welcome and respond to all that life brings with a peaceful mind and a grateful heart? Our Yogic practices help us clear away the reactive patterns that constrict the body-mind and block the heart so that true thanksgiving can arise, no matter the circumstances. Become the agent of your own healing, as you learn to strip away the obstacles that keep you from knowing the joy that is your birthright through the mood managing techniques of LifeForce Yoga®. CEUs for Yoga Teachers and Mental Health Professionals.

www.yogafordepression.com/thanksgiving2010.html

LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training for Depression & Anxiety Level 1

January 15th – 22nd, 2011

Health Professionals and Yoga teachers learn Yogic practices supported by current research for managing mood. CEUs for Yoga Teachers

www.yogafordepression.com/training.html

Restore, Renew, Remember!

A LifeForce Yoga Spring Equinox Retreat

March 17th – 21st, 2011

Reawaken the memory of your wholeness, restore your enthusiasm, and renew your commitment to living a life of compassionate self-awareness. CEUs for Yoga Teachers

www.yogafordepression.com/equinox.html

Calendar Highlights

Shambhala Mountain Center

Red Feather Lakes, CO (Jun 18 – 20, 2010)

LifeForce Yoga to Manage Your Mood

This workshop will provide you with a wide variety of

powerful yet gentle natural tools to help you manage your mood.

www.shambhalamountain.org/programs/1300

Comfort Zone Yoga Center

Lewes, DE (Jul 2 – 4, 2010)

LifeForce Yoga to Manage Your Mood

In this inspiring workshop, you will learn and practice breathing exercises, easy postures, guided meditations, and other experiential yogic tools for managing your mood that are not often taught in regular yoga classes.

http://comfortzoneyogacenter.com/lifeforceyoga.html

Kripalu

Lenox, MA (Jul 9 – 16, 2010)

LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training for Depression & Anxiety Level 1

This is a certification training for yoga teachers and health professionals. Joining Amy as faculty are Richard Brown, MD and Patricia Gerbarg, MD, authors of How to Use Herbs, Nutrients and Yoga for Mental Health Care, as well as LifeForce Yoga Practitioners -Level 2, who are highly trained yoga and/or mental health professionals.

www.kripalu.org/presenter/28

Omega

Rhinebeck, NY (Jul 23 – 25, 2010)

LifeForce Yoga to Manage Your Mood

Amy leads us through an evidence-based practice that interweaves ancient wisdom with current research in neurobiology to help us release emotional blocks and manage our mood. We will leave feeling refreshed and renewed, with ancient strategies to revitalize our practice and manage our mood. Health professionals and yoga teachers learn techniques they can use to help their clients focus, relax, and have greater access to their feelings.

www.eomega.org

Cape Cod Institute

Eastham, MA (Aug 16 – 20, 2010)

LifeForce Yoga®: Empower Your Clients to Manage Their Moods This workshop is designed for all level of mental health and Yoga practitioners, including beginners. Every day will include easy and accessible movement, yogic breathing, and meditation or guided relaxation. Along with didactic components and practice, the format will include emotional process from a Yogic perspective in dyads and small groups.

www.cape.org/2010/weintraub.html

for Amy’s complete calendar of events:

www.yogafordepression.com/calendar.html

Recommendation: Three new CDs from Richard Miller Richard Miller

Most of you know that the psychologist Yogi, Richard Miller, PhD, is one of my teacher/mentors. His book, Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga and his CDs continue to inspire me and many of my students. So while on retreat with him in San Rafael last

month, I picked up his three newest CDs.

Awakening to Your True Nature: The Final Teachings

Final teachings-well, that does sound a bit grand, so as much as I love Richard Miller, as a friend and teacher, I was a bit skeptical. However, this lecture, which describes his subtle and in some ways uniquely original understanding of the Kosha model (if you don’t know what this means, then this talk is probably not for you), was one of the most interesting listening experiences I’ve ever had without the physical presence of the teacher. I began listening while unpacking my suitcase after the annual Santa Sabina “Ease of Being” Retreat. The packing had to stop as listening took over and I entered, with Richard, a deeper meditative state where speaker and listener were not separate. I played it again, lying down this time, and found myself in a true Yoga Nidra-awake and aware, and yet on all other levels deeply at rest.

Resting in Stillness

Also new to the Nondual canon from Richard Miller is a recent Integrative Restoration iRest Yoga Nidra CD that includes a 20-minute and a 33-minute experience of this ten-step guided meditation. The seven-minute introduction explains the psychological benefits of this meditative practice. The 20-minute version is not of the best recording quality but this does not affect the superb iRest experience.

Sounds of Silence

Richard has also recorded chants that are dear to him. It’s not exactly a chant along, because in addition to his singing, which is clear and strong, he takes time to translate, interpret and comment upon the meaning of each chant. Included here are my personal favorites, The Gayatri Mantra, the Dawn Chant, and Atma Hridaye, as well as other beloved Chants to the Divine.

To purchase theses CDs, please visit:

www.irest.us/products

Recommendation: Patience: A Little Book of Inner Strength

by Eknath Easwaran

Eknath Easwaran PatienceSince his death in 1999, The Nilgiri Press continues to release the writings of this great teacher and author who founded the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation in 1961. On the Blue Mountain Center’s web site. There are many beautiful translations and commentaries of the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita as well as books on meditation, biographies of spiritual teachers of ahimsa (nonviolence), and inspirationally instructive books on living a fuller, more authentic life.

This little book falls into the latter category. Culled from talks and writings throughout his life, the stories inspire patience and forgiveness. Many of the sweetest lessons come from his grandmother (difficult people are “a lash in the eye”), and from Gandhi, and some even arise while watching his little dog Muka at play.

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What People Say

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