Issue 54

 

January 2014 Tucson LFYP Training
January 2014 Tucson LFYP Training

Today, as we completed our LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training in Tucson, one of the students, said, “not to be narcissistic, but are we the best ever training group?” This group of well-resourced yoga and health professionals was indeed amazing – heart-centered, attentive, and so generous with each other. A real international sangha (community) of like-hearted beings shared openly and supported each other through the practices and self-inquiry processes of LifeForce Yoga, becoming so much clearer through the week. I hesitated to answer at first, because I have found myself saying “this is the best group ever” to each group over the last few years – ever since the training from hell, which taught me and the faculty a hell of a lot—and the thing is, I really mean it! Each group arrives, feeling somewhat separate as individuals, and through our practice together becomes so connected to Self that they cannot NOT connect in authentic ways with each other. Every training group has its own character, and yet in recent years, there is something deeply bonding about the ways we meet and embrace each other as individuals, not separate from the whole. All I can say is: it just gets better!

In this newsletter, we look at current research, talk about new projects and training opportunities and mention two new books—one that is the funniest anatomy book I’ve ever read and it’s not just for anatomy geeks (believe me, I wouldn’t read it if it
were!) and the other is Dana Faulds’s latest book of poems arising from her practice.

 

Research: Women’s Reproductive Health and Yoga – Two Studies

In the first of two studies that looked at the effect of yoga practice on women’s reproductive health, researchers followed healthy females between 18-20 years of age through three menstrual cycles, comparing the yoga group who practiced 35-40 minutes a day for 6 days a week with a group of young women who did not practice. The researchers looked at both groups in premenstrual and postmenstrual phases of three cycles and found that initially, women in both the yoga and control groups had higher sympathetic system activation as well as significantly higher scores of anger, depression, anxiety and decreased score of well-being in the premenstrual phase as compared to the postmenstrual phase. However, parasympathetic activity increased and there was a significant decrease in anger, depression and in yoga group as compared to control group from initial to second and third cycle in premenstrual phase. The change was significant only in depression score in postmenstrual phase. “Regular practice of yoga has beneficial effects on both phases of menstrual cycle,” say the researchers, “by bringing parasympathodominance and psychological well-being probably by balancing neuro-endocrinal axis.”

To read the full study, click here.

In a second study, the effects of 45 minutes of yoga practiced six days a week on women with perimenopausal symptoms of anxiety, irritability and mood swings were measured on a total of 30 subjects between 40 and 60 years of age. After 12 weeks, the yoga group showed significant improvement in symptoms as well as mineral changes that correclate with reduced blood pressure.

To read the full study, click here.

Kanojia S, Sharma VK, Gandhi A, Kapoor R, Kukreja A, Subramanian SK., ” Effect of yoga on autonomic functions and psychological status during both phases of menstrual cycle in young healthy females,” Clin Diagn Res. 2013 Oct;7(10):2133-9

Kumar A1, Archana E1, Pai A2, Nayak G3, Shenoy RP1, Rao A2, “Serum mineral status and climacteric symptoms in perimenopausal women before and after Yoga therapy,” Midlife Health. 2013 Oct;4(4):225-9. doi: 10.4103/0976-7800.122251.

 

Research: Breath~Body~Mind Workshop (BBMW) Improves Mood and IBD Symptoms

A mind-body intervention that includes Coherent Breathing (5 breaths per minute, balanced inhalation and exhalation), gentle movement and relaxing meditation showed significant improvement in depression, anxiety, and the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in 15 pateints, as compared to the control group, an equal number of patients who received education on IBD for the same number of hours. The BBMW was instructed over 2 days and then the participants, practiced on their own at home with weekly follow-ups. At 26 weeks, IBD symptoms improved and inflammation was reduced, as indicated by a significant reduction in C-reactive protein.

The results of this study were presented in San Diego, CA, at the 78th Annual Meeting American College of Gastroenterology in October.

To learn more about the intervention and the Breath~Body~Mind Training, developed by Richard P. Brown and Patricia Gerbarg, MD, visit http://haveahealthymind.com/index.html

Vinita Jacobs MD, Patricia Gerbarg MD, Laurie Stevens MD, Brian Bosworth MD, Richard P. Brown MD, Fatiha Chabouni MD, Ersilia M. DeFilippis, Ryan Warren, Michael Harbus, Paul J. Christos DrPH, Ellen Scherl MD, “The Effect of Breathing, Movement, and Meditation on Psychological and Physical Symptoms and Inflammatory Biomarkers in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Randomized Controlled Trial,” Poster, 10/14/2013.

 

Research: Yoga Beats Exercise for Psychological Health in Older Adults

In a controlled study, 98 older adults in two Florida nursing homes were randomly assigned to either a chair yoga, a chair exercise or a control group. When measured after six weeks, yoga participants improved more than both exercise and control participants in anger, anxiety, depression, well-being, general self-efficacy, and self-efficacy for daily living.

To read the full study, click here.

Bonura KB, Tenenbaum G., “Effects of Yoga on Psychological Health in Older Adults,” J Phys Act Health. 2013 Dec 20.

 

REVIEW: MetaAnatomy: Anatomy of a Yogi by Kristin Leal41VGqkWfO3L._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_

You don’t have to be a yoga-teacher-anatomy-geek to laugh your way through Kristin Leal’s MetaAnatomy, even as you learn the body systems’ basics in this brief, well-written and well-illustrated new book. Even her chapter titles tickle the mind—”Do You Come to this Joint Often? The Characters in a Synovial Joint” and “You’ve Got Some Nerve: The Elegant Nervous System” are just two examples. In addition to the humor, Leal includes quotes from Patanjali, the Upanishads, Eastern sages, Western dancers, pop singers, along with literary lights from Herman Melville to Mary Oliver.

If you’re like me and think you have no head for science, you will be teased into a deeper understanding of bones, joints, spine, nervous system and even your own yoga practice. There’s an inspiring section on some of my favorite Yoga Sutras that inform the way she teaches and practices, and her chapter on the breath is spot on. Leal teaches internationally and has developed her own anatomy training, as well as yoga teacher training programs. With a long background in the healing arts (massage and other healing modalities since 1995), she’s an expert with a passion for exploring “the dynamic beauty and poetry of who you are.” To purchase a copy of MetaAnatomy please click here.

 

Review: Breath of Joy: Poems, Prayers and Prose by Danna Faulds41RWvJJkE0L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

In her sixth book of poems, Dana Faulds explores moments of joy and also not-joy, the times, when feelings of separation make her feel like a fraud. Even as she acknowledges feelings of disconnection, she is able to witness and step back and in that moment, and sometimes follow the thread back to “the Great Perfection.” Where some poets use image to subtly address an idea, Dana’s poems and prose are more concept driven, sometimes using image to make a point. There are inspirational poems here, as in her earlier books, that speak to that deep connection, and might find their way into your yoga class or as a way to jump start your own meditation. “The Light You Need,” is such a poem. Enjoy!

The Light You Need

Hold the small self lightly
as the vast Self opens wide.
Abide in the whole truth
as the deathless, dancing
love song of the universe
plays through you.

In the end, it doesn’t matter
if your moon is full or
waning; the light you need
to navigate even the darkest
night emanates freely
from inside.

To order a copy, please write the author at yogapoems@aol.com.

 

News: Our classic, award-winning DVDs are now available as digital downloads!dvd-level-2-coverdvd-level-1-cover

We are very happy to announce that our award-winning LifeForce Yoga to Beat the Blues DVD series is now available as a digital download!  To purchase a copy and begin your practice immediately please click here.  You also have the option to digitally rent the DVDs as well which is an exciting feature.

 

News: Releasing New Video Series featuring Amy2014-01-14_1927 (2)

We released our first video in a new video blog series titled Conversations with Amy Weintraub shot by geo geller.  We will be releasing one segment a week. We hope you enjoy these open, unedited, discussions with Amy – we are very excited about this new project!  To watch the first video, “How Yoga Saved My Life” please click here.

 

News: IFS Training Opportunities

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a modality of therapy I feel is aligned with the foundation of LifeForce Yoga. Like LifeForce Yoga, IFS approach sees the client’s true nature, her wholeness beyond the mood or the story. After I saw founder Dr. Richard Schwartz speak at the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium a few years ago and then read his books, I began my own IFS journey, both as a client and an IFS practitioner. I highly endorse these trainings for yoga and mental health professionals and for those wishing a clearer heart and greater Self-awareness. There are two retreat style trainings on either US coast and three 6-weekend trainings that begin soon. To find the IFS training that works for you and your schedule, click here.

 

Events: End Depression Now Telesummit

Over 40 Experts Reveal The Real World Solutions For Ending Depression and How To Create A Life Of Lasting Happiness. Amy’s interview with host Craig Meriwether will be available the week of March 3-9, 2014. The interview will also be available as a download as well.  Register today!

 

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What People Say

“I gained perspective of who I am in the world and this will change my life significantly.” — Mary Ford, artist, Southport, CT
“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
“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
“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
“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 been on antidepressant medication for three years and had just been diagnosed with fibro myalgia when I began to work with Amy. She designed a sequence of postures and breathing exercises for me that I could practice at home. After four months, I was feeling much better, and after six months, I was able to stop antidepressants entirely. I still have low moods from time to time, but I know they will pass. Yoga has changed my life.” — C.L., 37, massage therapist, Sarasota, FL.
“Amy 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
“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
“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 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 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
“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
“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
“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’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
“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
“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 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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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 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.
“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 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
“I have found the pranayama (breathing practices) especially easy to introduce in a clinical setting. Some people have benefited quickly in unexpected and transformative ways.” — Liz Brenner, LICSW, LFYP, Watertown, MA
“This 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 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 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
“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 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
“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 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
“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 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 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.
“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’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
“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
“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
“Research now validates what yoga adepts have claimed for thousands of years: Yoga practices profoundly affect our state of heart and mind! Drawing on her wisdom and notable expertise, Amy Weintraub guides us in bringing this ancient science of healing into clinical settings. Yoga Skills for Therapists is both practical and inspiring; it will allow you to offer the precious gifts of yoga to your clients and deepen the roots of your own practice as well.” — Tara Brach, Ph.D., author of Radical Acceptance (Bantam, 2003.)
“Words do not do justice to all that I learned. This workshop changed my life!” — Jen Nolan, Teacher, Cortland, NY
“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 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 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 had the pleasure of experiencing several private yoga sessions with Amy Weintraub, which were for me the most profoundly healing yoga experiences I’ve had.  Amy has the gift of not only being very skillful in helping me feel supported and "held" in yoga postures physically, but, also, the ability to use words to bring me more deeply into my own inner experience. I found myself releasing emotions that had been held in my body for a long time.  After the sessions, I had the experience of being much more at home within myself and much more present to my own inner experience. This was particularly important for me since I am a body-centered therapist who specializes in helping people get in touch with emotions held in the unconscious. Amy’s work is very important in a world where so little attention is given to one’s own inner experience. I’m grateful for having had the opportunity to experience the power of yoga with Amy.” — L.F. 44, Rosen Method Bodyworker Practitioner, Florence, MA
“My 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
“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
“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 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
“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 Weintraub shows how to use yoga as a resource for psychological healing and personal growth. Her methods are grounded in ancient wisdom, informed by modern science, and eminently practical for reducing anxiety, lifting mood, and improving self-regulation. She is a master teacher, and her skills and heart are woven throughout this new classic for therapists, clients, and anyone interested in inner strength and peace.” — Rick Hanson, Ph.D. author of Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
“I have tried a number of antidepressants and therapy to treat my chronic depression. When I began working privately with Amy, something shifted, and I saw that I could live from a place bigger and brighter than my depression. At first, I just felt better for a few hours after our work together. But after several months, I am feeling that those positive feelings — more energy, more optimistic, more flexible — are taking me through the days in between our sessions.” — KW, technical writer, Tucson, AZ
“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
“With a specific emphasis on managing mood, Amy’s book delivers dynamic insights and yoga-based practices that she has refined over decades of first-hand experience working with clients, students, and therapists, that relax, focus, and reduce the symptoms and causes of anxiety, depression, and stress, as well as prepare the mind and body for the integrative work of psychotherapy.” — Richard Miller, Ph.D., author, Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga, President, Integrative Restoration Institute.
“Weintraub has written…a sensitive, intelligent, painstaking exploration of the deeper psychospiritual issues that make up the complex experience of depression.” — Phil Catalfo, Yoga Journal
“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
“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
“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’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
“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
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