Issue 37

Greetings!

Isn’t summer glorious-all those fresh vegetables and fruits, and taking time to be with friends and do the things we love? If you haven’t taken time off to do something you love this summer, take a few minutes to imagine it now, and then contemplate how you can make it happen.

I’m on Amtrak riding up the East Coast after a brief visit to New York City that included a visit with my daughter and a video recording session for the Learning Annex. I’m on my way to my final assignment of the summer–my time at the Cape Cod Institute, teaching “LifeForce Yoga for You and your Clients-No Mat Required.” I’m passing rivers, bays, and marinas on this beautiful summer day and dreaming of settling down for three weeks in my old hometown of Newport, RI, after the teaching is done. I’ll be working on the final edits for the book I am writing for W.W. Norton, called Yoga Skills for You and Your Clients that will be published in the spring of 2012. Here’s a sneak preview of the cover!

I’m in summer mode, and want it to go on forever, just as I know that “it’s the clinging that is the source of our suffering.” All things pass, and as the leaves begin to turn and fall, I’ll be on the road again with visits in September to the Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research in Monterey, CA September 1 – 4th, 8 Limbs Yoga in Seattle, Sept 9th – 11th, Savannah Yoga Center in Georgia GA, and Innerlight Yoga in Middletown, Rhode Island. I look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones at all these beautiful locations. In October, I’m back at the New York Open Center on Sunday, the 2nd. I haven’t taught in the city in years, and I’m looking forward to it.

I am excited to have James Gordon, M.D. guest teaching with me at Kripalu over the Columbus Day Weekend. Dr. Gordon wrote my favorite book about depression–Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression. Please read the review below that originally appeared in an earlier issue of this newsletter. Like me, I think you’ll want to meet him! I wasn’t disappointed when I did. He is as kind and welcoming as his writing voice.

October finishes with visits to Boston for the Internal Family Systems Conference, October 13 – 16th, then Sunday afternoon, on the 16th, at the Arlington Center. I wrap up my travels during leaf season in Buckingham, Virginia at Yogaville, October 21 – 23rd.

Give yourself permission to have fun!

A Warm Namasté,
Amy

RESEARCH: Sustaining Mood with Yoga in High School

Researchers from Harvard Medical School and the Institute for Extraordinary Living (IEL) at Kripalu have been studying the potential mental health benefits of a yoga 30 – 40 minute yoga intervention as compared to a regular physical education class at several Massachusetts high schools. In the first study to be published, yoga participants showed statistically significant differences over time relative to controls on measures of anger control and fatigue/inertia. Other outcomes did not show significant gains, possibly, according to the authors, because the end of the semester included the added stress of final exams.The control group who attended regular gym classes actually saw a significant decline in overall mood scores, including anxiety and depression. What this means is that from the beginning of the semester to the end, students in the control group felt worse by the end of the semester, whereas students in the yoga group felt the same as they did when school started or a little bit better.

The yoga protocol adapted a Yoga Ed format for high school students into the thirty-minute, twice weekly sessions.There was an initial five minute relaxation that included a focus on the breath, five minutes of warm ups, fifteen minutes of yoga poses and a five minute closing relaxation.The teachers who delivered the protocol were trained by Kripalu and Yoga Ed. Each yoga session included a talking point grounded in yoga philosophy. On-going and future studies in secondary education conducted by this same research team are using a Kripalu-based yoga protocol.

  • Evaluation of the Mental Health Benefits of Yoga in a Secondary School: A Preliminary Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Khalsa SB, Hickey-Schultz L, Cohen D, Steiner N, Cope S.
  • J Behav Health Serv Res. 2011 Jun 7.[Epub ahead of print]

RESEARCH: Yoga Lessens Symptoms of Schizophrenia

In the first randomized controlled trail (RCT) done in the United States, yoga not only reduced symptoms of paranoia and suicide ideation in a population of clinically stable institutionalized patients diagnosed with schizophrenia, but, according to the study’s authors, “hospital physicians reported that several ‘difficult’ patients were markedly calmer, less aggressive, and functioning better overall,” and the patients enjoyed the experience. The pilot study included eighteen patients (12 men and 6 women) with schizophrenia (mean age = 42 ± 13.5) who were randomized to an eight-week Yoga Therapy program (YT) and a Waitlist group (WL).

Dr. Elizabeth Visceglia, a yoga teacher and a psychiatrist in private practice in Brooklyn, conducted this study at Bronx Psychiatric Center where she led the classes, held twice a week for forty-five minutes with five students in each class. The Yoga intervention included, “in varying amounts and with different particular examples of each: pranayama (breathing exercises), warm-ups (gentle movements of major muscle groups and joint rotations), asana (yoga postures that always included at least one of each the following types of postures: forward bends, back bends, twists, inversions, standing, and balancing postures), and yoga nidra (deep relaxation).”

The study’s authors did not standardize the yoga protocol at each session, despite the fact that doing so can strengthen the reliability and reproducibility of their findings. Instead, the authors “maintain that yoga therapy is, by definition, to be tailored to the individual.” So Dr. Visceglia offered “yoga classes that matched the energy level, attentional ability, and mood state of the group members on any given day resulting in some natural variation in each class throughout the eight-week course.”

I asked Dr. Visceglia about the study design and learned that she is a student of Prakash Shankar Vyas, a Kriya yogi from Varanasi where she lived and studied. The emphais of the practice she led was on gentle movement, coordinated with breath, and long

exhalations as a way to quiet the mind, soothe the nervous system, and activate the parasympathetic She avoided most activating breaths like kapalabhati, but occasionally when energy was low, she led breath of joy (see chapter six, Yoga for Depression, and LifeForce Yoga to Beat the Blues – Level 1 DVD)

She says she taught intuitively, choosing postures that seemed appropriate (while including at least one asana from each

class) based on how the students were feeling that day.

Dr. Visceglia incorporated tones that were grounding, such as “om” and “sa ta na ma,”as well as sounds associated with the chakras, primarily the lowere, more grounding tones and chakras. She was also receptive to incorporating sounds suggested by students, who, she says, “often have a great sense of what they need.”

During asana, eyers were typically open. During yoga nidra, Dr. Viscelgia invited the participants to close their eyes, or leave them softly open, with a gentle gaze at a soothing object.

This study gives hope to those who suffer from schizophrenia and to the families whose loved ones suffer. It provides evidence of a soothing, self-regulating treatment option that can make living with schizophrenia or a loved one carrying that diagnosis, more comfortable.

Not only did the yoga group obtain significant improvements in positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia, but the authors state that “there was not a single physical or psychological adverse effect noted by the investigators or the physicians responsible for the participants during the intervention.”

Upon completion of the eight-week program, many participants did not want it to end. One participant who had been a reluctant student at first said, “I thought it would require a lot from me, but instead it has given me so much.”

Yoga Therapy as an adjunctive treatment for schizophrenia: a randomized, controlled pilot study.

Visceglia E, Lewis S.,

J Altern Complement Med. 2011 Jul;17(7):601-7.

REVIEW: Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression

by James S Gordon, MD

UnstuckJames Gordon is a psychiatrist who partners with his patients, empowering them to manage their moods and discover ways that support their optimum mental health. He’s that sort of author, too. Just take a look at the “Your” in the title. In the voice of a trusted intimate, Dr. Gordon addresses the reader directly. Early in the book, he makes a promise he keeps: “As you read Unstuck, I’ll be by your side, explaining and guiding you through every stage of your healing journey, leading you in exercises and experiments that you can use to explore and resolve the difficulties that trouble you.” Each chapter includes practical tools for both self-inquiry and self-care, guided by the doctor’s compassionate voice. He generously offers guidance in complementary and alternative treatments that could put traditional psychiatry out of business.

Dr. Gordon received his medical education at Harvard and extended his understanding of mental health treatment through his studies with master teachers in ancient healing traditions that include Yoga, meditation, herbs and supplements, and Chinese Medicine.

His educational background combined with his passion for exploring what works from all cultures and traditions set him in good stead when he founded the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C. where he and his staff have treated tens of thousands of patients since 1991.

From his forty years of clinical experience, Gordon is able to say what a yoga teacher, even with the backing of scientific evidence cannot: antidepressant drugs are “last resort rather than a first choice.”

If you have mood issues and you want a non-drug approach to treating them; if you’re willing to commit to a program that demands your daily participation, then this book is for you.

Meet and study with Dr. Gordon at Kripalu with Amy during “LifeForce Yoga to Manage Your Mood,” Oct 7 – 10th.

MEDIA MENTION: The Tenth Door, reviewed by Amy earlier this year

The Tenth DoorThe multi-award winning book Tenth Door: An Adventure Through the Jungles of Enlightenment by Michele Hébert is “in part ‘Autobiography of a Yogini’ with a touch of Eat, Pray, Love.”-Amy Weintraub.

Yoga Journal says “”Hébert’s memoir is a colorful eyewitness account of a transformation time in American history and an up-close look at a seminal figure in the history of yoga in the West.”

This is one of the first yoga-inspired books to win four important book awards:

  • 2011 Nautilus Book Award. Personal Journey/ Memoir. This prestigious award is given to books that are changing the world!
  • 2011 Nautilus Book Award Small Press Honors
  • 2011 National Indie Excellence Award. Spirituality
  • 2010 San Diego Book Award. Spirituality

MEDIA MENTION: Stories from the Yogic Heart

Stories from the Yogic HeartIf you’re going to Kripalu this summer and want a great summer read, visit the Kripalu Shop and look for the new anthology Stories from the Yogic Heart. This fascinating read features stories from yoga adepts about how yoga transformed our lives. There are 27 inspiring stories, including mine, to motivate your own yoga practice every day! And, half the net sales go to charities of the writers’ choice. www.yogicheart.com

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“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 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 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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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 gained perspective of who I am in the world and this will change my life significantly.” — Mary Ford, artist, Southport, CT
“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.
“Words do not do justice to all that I learned. This workshop changed my life!” — Jen Nolan, Teacher, Cortland, NY
“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’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 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.
“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
“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.
“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.)
“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 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
“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
“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 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
“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 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
“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
“My personal practice will change, as well as my yoga classes. I have a better understanding of yoga!” — Andrea Gattuso, RYT, Yoga Teacher, Hackettstown, N.J.
“I gained tools for working with my own depression and with my clients’ depressions.” — Robert Sgona, LCSW, RYT, psychotherapist, Yoga teacher, Camden, ME.
“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 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
“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 feel profoundly transformed, both physically and emotionally. The connection between mind, body and spirit was clearly evident to me, but revealed to me through this workshop as an integrally vital link to overall health.” — Nadine Richardson, program manager at rehab agency, Monroe, CT
“Amy 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 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 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
“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 patients can now have the same effects as many medications without having to actually take medication!” — Deborah Lubetkin, PSY.D, LFYP, West Caldwell, NJ
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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 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.
“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
“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 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 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
“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
“I have found the pranayama (breathing practices) especially easy to introduce in a clinical setting. Some people have benefited quickly in unexpected and transformative ways.” — Liz Brenner, LICSW, LFYP, Watertown, MA
“Amy 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
“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
“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
“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
“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.
“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 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 had the pleasure of experiencing several private yoga sessions with Amy Weintraub, which were for me the most profoundly healing yoga experiences I’ve had.  Amy has the gift of not only being very skillful in helping me feel supported and "held" in yoga postures physically, but, also, the ability to use words to bring me more deeply into my own inner experience. I found myself releasing emotions that had been held in my body for a long time.  After the sessions, I had the experience of being much more at home within myself and much more present to my own inner experience. This was particularly important for me since I am a body-centered therapist who specializes in helping people get in touch with emotions held in the unconscious. Amy’s work is very important in a world where so little attention is given to one’s own inner experience. I’m grateful for having had the opportunity to experience the power of yoga with Amy.” — L.F. 44, Rosen Method Bodyworker Practitioner, Florence, MA
“Amy 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
“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
“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
“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
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