LFYP News Issue 18

Note from Amy

Dear Ones,

Happy Thanksgiving, dear LifeForce Yoga Family.  I am grateful for each of your contributions to the practice of LifeForce Yoga.  I have always said, learn the basics, then make it your own, and in following our Facebook page, I know that many of you are doing just that.  Here’s something else we can all be grateful for:  I was surprised and happy to learn that LifeForce Yoga is on the map!  There’s a beautiful new poster that includes the basics of yoga philosophy as well as a yoga lineage tree.  LifeForce Yoga has its own branch! theyogaposter.com

Many of you requested that we move a Level 2 LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training east of the Mississippi.  Yogaville is that beautiful location!  It’s in the Shenandoah foothills, outside Charlottesville, VA,  We will have our own house overlooking the valley and opportunities to meditate and chant with the Satchidananda community.  There’s more information on level 2 below.  But if you think you might want to take the training in April, you need to begin your mentoring process now.  Our wonderful mentors, Rose, Joy, Ann, Sue, Joe and Felicity are ready to support you in this empowering process.  See the details below.

We are offering our first Level 1 Training in three separate modules.  This might be the refresher you’re hungry for, plus Module A can offer you a yoga vacation in the Bahamas in February, where we are holding our experiential. Module A is open to all, so friends or family can come with you. The rest of the training (Modules B & C) will be online.  Please read the details below.

Many thanks to all who have pitched in as assisting faculty in recent months!  I’m especially grateful to Liz Brenner and Laura Orth who filled in last minute at the Cape Cod Institute when dear Sherry Rubin was ill.  I’m happy to say that Sherry is much better.  I offer a deep bow of appreciation to Wendy Chabot who assisted again on Cape Cod, Marcia Siegel & Sarah Telles at Esalen, Penni Feiner & Debbie Lubetkin in Princeton, NJ, Joy Bennett, Kat Larsen, & Laura Orth at Kripalu, Barbara Sherman in Tucson, Bita Bitajian in Montreal, Anita Lemon, and Jen Hughey in Austin, TX, and of course, Rose Kress who assists behind the scenes everywhere!

Ashley Lynn Caputo did a great job interviewing LFYP-1 Alena Gerst. I found this interview so inspiring that if I didn’t already practice yoga, I would begin immediately! There’s a brief article by LFYP-1 Kat Larsen about the importance of sankalpa (intention) when working with women in recovery.  LFYP-1 John-James Ford of Quebec has been exploring shamanism in his on-going recovery work, and he shares an article about how he combines that with LifeForce Yoga.  Finally, mentor Joy Bennett taught her first on-the-road LifeForce Yoga for Depression and Anxiety weekend in Maryland, and she talks about that experience.  Yay Joy!  If you were as touched as I was by these contributions, you might want to let the contributors know that.  Their emails are below.

We are proud to announce that the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute will be offering a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, led by master Kripalu Yoga Teacher Trainer, Rudy Peirce and me, with an excellent supporting faculty of amazing yogins. We were all set to begin Nov 30, 2013, in Tucson, but a glitch came up in dealing with the state of Arizona.  We will be re-locating but will try to keep the same or similar dates. Rudy and I are exploring other retreat centers in CA, TX, RI, VA & MA.
If you would like to be on a list for current information please let Rose know, rose@yogafordepression.com.
yogafordepression.com/200-hour-lfy-yoga-teacher-training

A loving namaste,
Amy

 

Note from Rose

One of the habits that I have worked to cultivate in my life is a practice of gratitude. Part of that practice is expressing thanks as often as possible. I want to acknowledge all of you for your work with clients and students. As you have moved out into the world with LifeForce Yoga, you have helped to further the work that Amy does and that I do. I am so often reminded that everyone and everything is connected, so when you do your work, we all benefit. Thank you for that! I encourage all of you to connect with us and each other, often. Feel free to send us emails or messages on Facebook. We even have a LifeForce Yoga Practitioners Group on Facebook. This is a great way to network, get feedback, share your classes/workshops/newsletters/writings/pictures/etc. If you have not already, please join us: www.facebook.com/groups/lfyps/

I would also like to take this time to share my latest personal project with you. I have been moved, for many years, by mantra. I LOVE chanting – the way the sound moves through me and transports me instantly to deep states of relaxation. So, I created a CD of chants that I enjoy. You will recognize a number of them from the training, and elsewhere. It is an instructional CD of 6 chants. Each mantra is taught in a call and response manner; the following track is the mantra repeated 27 times to use as a doorway to meditation. yoginirose.com/audio

As always, PLEASE make sure that your information is correct on the website – current email address, phone number and website. If any changes need to be made, please email me, rose@yogafordepression.com

We are currently at work updating the manual. It will be available on the LFYP portion of the website the first week of January. There will be a reminder in the next newsletter.

Namaste,
Rose

Level 2 Information

Level 2 continues training in the Yogic strategies for balancing mood. You will actively lead, with script in hand, what you may only have experienced in Level 1. There will be many opportunities to practice, in small groups and one-on-one, the many yogic strategies covered in both the Level 1 and 2 Trainings.

Each day begins with a deep LifeForce Yoga Practice led by Amy or Rose. We will have two daytime sessions, where each practitioner will share her or his use of LifeForce Yoga strategies in their work. You will dive more deeply into the techniques from Level 1 with a new manual that includes scripts for practices and processes – including Yoga Nidra, Therapeutic Long Holding and Say Yes to Yourself. Practitioners will experience one-on-one coaching from Amy and Rose. LFYP-2s will leave feeling empowered in their work with others and a many more tools at their disposal.

Your own personal practice will deepen. Each practitioner will walk away with a greater sense of connection, to Self, as well as to the sangha of LifeForce Yoga Practitioners. We hope that you will join us in April!

yogafordepression.com/register-for-level-two-training

LFYP – 2 Forms for Mentoring

To take the Level 2 training, you will need to have completed 2 of your 3 mentoring sessions, however it is strongly recommended that you have completed all 3. Forms for mentoring sessions can be found here:
yogafordepression.com/lfyp/#mentoring-forms
Please note, you will need login and password information:

  • Login: Shiva
  • Password: K=6[)svA4&QK

Refresh and Renew!

Two of the new LFYP modules are great refreshers for all LFYPs.

Module A: Experiential (5 Days, 36 hours) $450

Offered at Sivananda Ashram, Paradise Island, Bahamas. February 7 – 11, 2013 (5 full days; 6 nights required as we start on the morning of the 7th and end on the evening of the 11th)
Registration information.
26 CEs for NASW, NAADAC, Nurses; 36 CEUs – Yoga Alliance.
This program is a great way to refresh yourself on the tools, but also to take a LifeForce Yoga Retreat. Mornings begin with Satsang in the temple followed by a LifeForce Yoga class. We will have a session in the middle of the day and you will have an opportunity to take a yoga class at the Ashram, spend some time on the beach, followed by evening Satsang. Full schedule details are available on the registration information page (above).

Module B: Online Learning (13 Hours, April 19 – May 1) $295

Prerequisite: Completion of Module A or LFYP Training
Your Participation is required:

  • 8 hours of interactive on-line webcast sessions (or recorded version within the same week)
  • Two hours of live Q & A and Practices via Teleconference
  • Complete assigned reading
  • Complete homework
  • One teleconference with your practice pod
  • Two teleconferences with your study/practice partner
  • On-line sessions will include lecture, discussion, slides and opportunities to practice.

yogafordepression.com/register-for-lfyp-training-module-b/

LFYP Interview with Alena Gerst, LMSW, RYT, LFYP-1, yogalena@ymail.com
by Ashley Lynn Caputo, RYT, LFYP-2, acaputo10@tampabay.rr.com

1) Describe your background, and when you became a LFYP.
I grew up in Arizona and that’s where I started dancing. I got my Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Northern Arizona University, but I spent most of my time in the theater department studying acting, voice, and of course dance! So when I graduated, I made the move to NYC to pursue my career singing and dancing in musical theater, which I did professionally for 10 years. I practiced yoga regularly, and was always interested in a mind/body approach to health. I became aware of Amy Weintraub’s LifeForce Yoga years before I thought I would become trained in it. It wasn’t until I encountered a major illness in 2005, which took almost a year to recover from, that I actually accessed mind/body and complimentary modalities for my own healing.

2) What brought you from the world of performing arts to yoga and counseling?
Once I recovered from that illness, I signed a three-show contract at New York City Center with the NY Gilbert and Sullivan Players straight away. But something had changed in me. While performing had been my passion and fire for most of my life, I learned during that time at City Center that my passion, and my life’s work, had taken a new direction into mind/body health and wellness. I knew firsthand that mind/body work, along with western medicine, of course, because it too has its place, can be incredibly powerful, and I became committed to learning as much as I could about it. So I enrolled in a Master’s program in clinical social work at Columbia University and got my yoga teacher certification while I was in graduate school. I knew with certainty that mind/body was the way for me.

3) What made you choose LifeForce Yoga, and how did you hear about it?
While I was in graduate school, a psychiatrist and leader in the field of mind/body interventions for mental health, Dr. Richard Brown, came to guest lecture in one of my classes. I’d known for years about how important breath work is for mental health and how that’s one of the ways yoga can be such an important component in wellness, but for the first time for me, Dr. Brown was presenting the science behind it. Now there was something I could really grab on to! I was totally riveted. I bought his book, How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health Care, and I devoured it. I noticed the Yoga section of his book referred to much of the work Amy Weintraub was doing with LifeForce Yoga for mood management. So I bought her book, Yoga for Depression. By this time I had been working at the Initiative for Women with Disabilities, an outpatient mind/body wellness center at NYU Langone Medical Center, and I was teaching therapeutic yoga at another hospital inpatient unit to patients confined to hospital beds. I highlighted or underlined almost everything in Amy’s book! It was all so relevant to the work I was doing. I felt certain my next step was to study with Amy.

4) How do you personally incorporate LifeForce Yoga in your life?
I use the breathing techniques I learned from Amy pretty much every day. My LifeForce Yoga training has also helped me to cultivate awareness of my own mood, so I can observe and determine whether I’m feeling like I’m on overdrive (my tendency) or sluggish, and then decide how my practice will go from there. It’s a great way to look at how I’m feeling objectively.

5) What are the most common LifeForce Yoga techniques you use in yoga and therapy? Would you please share any transformational moments you have had using these techniques with clients in both teaching and therapy?
I use LifeForce Yoga techniques mostly in therapy settings, in the hospital, and my private practice. One of my areas of specialization in my private practice is working with performing artists. For many performers, the demands on how they need to appear and behave can be quite overwhelming, and this is often our starting point. One of the key take-home messages I learned from Amy goes like this: Permission permission permission! I remember when I finally decided to retire from performing professionally; I cut off my hair and pierced my nose in an act of rebellion! The nose ring is long gone and my hair is long again, but it sure felt good to give myself that permission. I find bee-breath and stair-stepping breath to be invaluable for myself and my clients. I work with one client who has many personality and attention issues. I gave him bee-breath as well as mantras and a mudra. It worked like a charm. Giving him something to “do” while focusing his attention, and using his voice with mantra, but not saying anything brought a real sense of calm and peace that he so desired, but was unable to tap into.

6) What is your best advice to teachers and therapists just beginning their LFYP journey?
Definitely less is more. When I came back from training, I wanted to use it ALL! Amy teaches so many tools and they are all very inspiring, but people can be quickly overwhelmed. When I introduce just one or two LFYP tools in a session, it can make more of a difference than using too many. Just like in Yoga…not to overdo.

7) Is there anything you would like to add?
If anyone wants to receive my monthly Yogalena Therapeutics newsletter, they can sign up through my website, www.alenagerst.com. I also want to encourage people to check out the wonderful work we’re doing at the Initiative for Women with Disabilities (www.iwdwellness.org) at NYU Medical Center. As far as I know, we’re the only game in town (and anywhere, I think!) providing the array of medical and wellness services that we do, and it’s totally accessible for people who can walk, are blind, or are in wheelchairs or scooters, no matter what their physical disability is. I’m actually going to be teaching a winter breathing series for mood there based on LifeForce Yoga! I’m really proud of it all.

From John-James Ford, MA, RYT, LFYP-1, johnjamesford@gmail.com

There’s a saying in addiction recovery circles that refers to sobriety and serenity: “The only way we can keep what we have is by freely giving it away.” I’ve heard this saying spouted for years, and have never had any cause to disbelieve it, but believing it and knowing it’s spiritual authenticity are two very different things. I am starting to slowly wake up to the experiential realization of the validity of service in the realm of the sacred.

Yes, I have read that my salvation from these limiting beliefs of mine, from the illusion of separation and disconnection, lies within. But the path to that insight is often overgrown by the thick jungle of ignorance, denial and judgment. One of the most powerful tools I have when facing this overwhelming delusion, is the persistent coordination of breath, movement and vibration (as sound) in the heart-centered practice that is LifeForce Yoga. More recently, I have explored the consciousness-expanding journeys of the practice that is shamanic yoga, where I can literally, for brief moments, fly above the mundane schemata I normally mistake for reality, and open myself up to receive teachings from my non-physical guides.

Read full article: john-james-ford
John-James webstie: johnjamesford.com

From Joy Bennett, ITY500, LFYP-2, Mentor, joy@joyfulbreath.com

I recently had the unique opportunity of offering a weekend of “LifeForce Yoga for Depression & Anxiety” in Baltimore, MD. I was asked to present Amy’s work to a group of 25 YTT’s at the two locations for Baltimore Yoga Village, and it was a truly rewarding experience.

My biggest challenge was to arrange and provide 15 hours of LFY for a state and a studio that I’d never visited before. The director of the studio, Anjali Sunita, is a dedicated yogi, and much beloved by her yoga community. Amongst her teaching staff, I was blessed to be ably assisted AND hosted by LFY Level I practitioner, Trish Magyari, pictured here. Though I know many LFYP’s, Trish and I had never met, and it didn’t make a bit of difference. . .it felt like we’d done this may times before!

The YTT’s were especially well-versed in chanting, and really took to the energizing sounds and soothing sounds of Nada Yoga. One of the tenets of the Baltimore Village is “to ask for what you want and what you need.” The students really enjoyed dancing with Krishna Das’ joint-freeing exercise on Friday night, and they requested that we dance (and sing!) the joint-freeing exercise again on Saturday morning. Why not??? My weekend of Oct 12-14, 2012 is now over, and I am left with sweet memories, and a grateful heart. I’m so glad that I had this opportunity to travel and bring Amy’s work to such an enthusiastic community.

Joy’s website: joyfulbreath.com

KatFrom Kat Larsen, RYT, LFYP-1, yogakatboston@hotmail.com

I’ve learned many skills and tools as a LifeForce Yoga Practitioner yet I am constantly reminded of the power of Intention/Sankalpa.

I teach a weekly one hour yoga class to women in recovery at Women’s Hope at the Shattuck Hospital in Boston, MA. Recently, the program changed from a residential treatment house to a secure hospital environment. Moving from one location to another midway through their program, along with the daily stresses of recovery and being away from family and friends was very upsetting to the women. During our last class, the ladies were very anxious and stressed.  I asked them to invite intention for today during the one hour of class. They called out their intentions, which varied from peace, health, getting rid of anxiety, wanting calm and serenity. Through breath, we focused, breathing in all the intentions shared. Facial expressions began to soften, and movement throughout the class was smooth and not hurried.

I was reminded that women in recovery often hear the adage, “just one day at a time.”  Using intention in this way, we all felt that change can occur one breath at a time. Sankalpa is an invitation to change and introduce an attainable way to make changes happen-One Breath at a Time.

I am in gratitude for the power of Intention, how the strength of one word can be a catalyst for change and well being.

Kat’s website: katlarsen.com

 

 

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What People Say

“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
“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.
“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 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
“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 is a treasure. Through her gentle and affirming teaching style, she helped me establish a yoga practice that has become a most satisfying and grounding aspect of my life. I was surprised by the depth of the experience and the enduring nature of the changes I enjoy through this practice.” — CA, journalist, videographer, Tucson, AZ
“Amy’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
“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
“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
“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 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
“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 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 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
“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 gained perspective of who I am in the world and this will change my life significantly.” — Mary Ford, artist, Southport, CT
“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 tried a number of antidepressants and therapy to treat my chronic depression. When I began working privately with Amy, something shifted, and I saw that I could live from a place bigger and brighter than my depression. At first, I just felt better for a few hours after our work together. But after several months, I am feeling that those positive feelings — more energy, more optimistic, more flexible — are taking me through the days in between our sessions.” — KW, technical writer, Tucson, AZ
“Amy is a wonderful instructor. She is a vital and vibrant person and she kept the program flowing. Her voice was very soothing and nurturing and she created an open, safe and sacred space.” — Mary Lou Tillinger, massage therapist/rural carrier, Plainfield, CT
“Amy 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
“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
“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 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 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
“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
“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.
“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
“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 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
“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 teacher of yoga, Amy Weintraub has continually reinforced my longtime belief in the strong connection of mind-body-spirit. For the past three years, I have benefited, both personally and professionally (I am a clinical social worker), from Amy's supportive and competent guidance in yoga. Because of Amy's influence, I often recommend the practice of yoga to friends and clients.” — Dory Martin, CISW, Tucson, AZ
“I’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
“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
“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 Weintraub's talent as a yoga instructor is surpassed only by her ability to inspire compassion and depth in each of her student's practice.” — LuAnn Haley, attorney, Tucson, AZ
“It is not just Amy’s yoga classes that have added richness to my life as both a yoga student and a yoga therapist, it is more importantly how she integrates and exudes yoga into her daily life that is inspirational for me.  While I have been the beneficiary of her thoughtful, well constructed and emotionally well tuned yoga classes, I have also received her wit and wisdom through informal, "off-the-mat" interaction as well.  In both cases, I have been able to tune into myself at a deeper level and feel more successful in my practice as a result of her care-full teaching and living.” — JJ (Jesse) Lee, owner, Body & Soul Fitness Training, Reno, Nevada
“Giving my clients a strategy and permission to quiet their minds and rebalance the sympathetic nervous system has been very beneficial to them and in our work together.” — Sue Dilsworth, PhD, RYT 200, LFYP, Allendale, MI
“Weintraub has written…a sensitive, intelligent, painstaking exploration of the deeper psychospiritual issues that make up the complex experience of depression.” — Phil Catalfo, Yoga Journal
“In this well-written and well-researched book Amy Weintraub provides therapists with simple, easy-to-apply but powerful, breathing, meditation, and hand gesture techniques that do not require a mat or body postures. Therapists can easily incorporate these techniques into their practices without otherwise having to change what they do, and clients can use them on their own. Thank you Amy for giving us access to this ancient healing wisdom.” — Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D., developer, Internal Family Systems Therapy, author, Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model
“I 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.
“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 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 psychotherapist might spend many years studying yoga and still not achieve anything near this elegant, practical, powerful integration. The instruction — while emerging from a 4000-year-oldtradition some consider esoteric — is immediately useful for treating abroad range of mental health disorders, even for therapists with no other background in yoga. As a bonus, the book seamlessly weaves in indispensable related tools, such as imagery, self-suggestion, and mindfulness meditation. It is a fabulous resource.” — Donna Eden & David Feinstein, Ph.D., Co-authors, Energy Medicine and The Promise of Energy Psychology
“I 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
“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 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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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 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
“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
“Words do not do justice to all that I learned. This workshop changed my life!” — Jen Nolan, Teacher, Cortland, NY
“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
“A client who returned said, "When I came before, you helped me understand and get where I wanted to go. Now you show me yoga practices I use to help myself understand and get where I want to go.” — Sherry Rubin, LCSW, BCD, LFYP, Downingtown, PA
“My 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.
“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
“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 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.
“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.)
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