Mood Management and Addiction
This weekend helps you cultivate the compassionate inner space to embrace life’s challenges with a clear and peaceful mind and a courageous heart.
In this inspiring workshop, you learn and practice breathing exercises, easy postures, guided meditations, and other experiential yogic tools for managing your mood. Come release what is no longer serving you and make peace with the ever-craving “hungry ghost” and “the committee” in your head—whose aim is to hijack your best intentions. You learn to strip away the obstacles that keep you from knowing the joy that is your birthright by
- Energizing and elevating depressed moods
- Calming anxiety
- Recognizing and transforming addictive cravings
- Releasing what no longer serves you
- Working with the chakra system and creative self-inquiry.
Designed to be useful for both professionals and lay people, this program leaves you feeling refreshed, renewed, and enthusiastically committed to radiant well-being.
Recommended Reading/Practice: Yoga for Depression (Broadway Books), Yoga Skills for Therapists (W.W. Norton, 2012), LifeForce Yoga® to Beat the Blues – level 1 & level 2 (DVD) LifeForce Yoga® CD Series.
Amy Weintraub, MFA, ERYT-500
Amy Weintraub, MFA, ERYT-500, director of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute and author of the bestselling Yoga for Depression (Broadway Books, 2004) and the ground-breaking Yoga Skills for Therapists: Effective Practices for Mood Management (W.W. Norton, 2012), has been a pioneer in the field of yoga and mental health for over 20 years. She trains health and yoga professionals at notable international venues and offers workshops for every day practitioners. The LifeForce Yoga protocol is being used in residential treatment centers, hospitals and by health care providers around the world. She is involved in ongoing research on the effects of yoga on mood, and has produced an award-winning library of evidence-based yoga and meditation CDs and DVDs for mood management. She edits a newsletter that includes current research, news and media reviews on Yoga and mental health, archived here.
Kathyrn Shafer, Ph.D., LCSW, ACSW, CAP, E-500RYT, CPT, LFYP-2
Kathryn is known for her work as a psychotherapist, educator, consultant, and practitioner of mindbody therapies for emotional and physical health. She conducts interventions and assessments for addicts and their families, is a certified yoga instructor, and
has authored and conducted research on these and related topics.
In psychotherapy sessions, yoga classes, and mindbody retreats Dr. Shafer introduces participants to the YOGAFUN™ program. This individually designed healing program challenges “dis-eased” thinking and beliefs about life, relationships, and stress. Her areas of expertise in the addictions, trauma, and the emotions explore alternative and complimentary practices for children, teens, families, and relationships. Utilizing the whole person approach, Dr. Shafer integrates mental imagery, proper diet and nutrition, exercise and the YOGAFUN™ program in her work.