Is there a worried, nervous, anxious part of you that keeps you from seeing clearly who you really are? Is there a fearful part of you that keeps you from fully engaging in life and relationships? Let the best-selling author of Yoga for Depression, and a senior trainer in the Internal Family Systems model of psychotherapy help you access your natural compassion and wisdom beneath the anxious mood. Experience a gentle evidence-based yoga protocol to help you self-soothe and clear your mind, as you work with your manager parts, your acting out parts and those tender young exiled parts from a place of compassionate self-awareness that is your Self.
- Pranayama breathing techniques that regulate the emotions
- Meditations that calm and lift the mood
- Creating Affirmation (sankalpa)
- LifeForce Yoga Bhavana (Imagery)
- LifeForce Yoga Chakra Clearing Meditation for Anxiety
- LifeForce Yoga Nidra
- Soothing universal tones (mantras)
- Simple Yoga postures suitable for multilevel practitioners
- Awareness of Parts that are trying to get your attention through your body
- Bringing energy of your higher Self to all you Parts
- Awareness when Parts hijack the System and returning to Your a Self-led place when that happens.
You will leave feeling refreshed, renewed, and excited about your at-home or professional practice with new tools to bring balance to the emotional and physical body. Accessible for all levels, including beginners. Psychotherapists, health professionals, and yoga teachers will learn techniques not regularly taught in yoga classes to help their clients focus, relax, and have greater access to their feelings.
Amy Weintraub and Kay Gardner create a safe and Self-nourishing environment where you will practice yoga tools to help you manage your mood as you learn to apply the IFS model. Through LifeForce Yoga and IFS presentations and exercises that offer the opportunity for deep inner exploration, you will follow your own map home to Self.
Recommended Reading/Practice: Yoga for Depression (Broadway Books), Yoga Skills for Therapists (W.W. Norton, 2012), Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model (Trailheads Publications), LifeForce Yoga to Beat the Blues – level 1 & level 2 (DVD) LifeForce Yoga CD Series.
Amy Weintraub, MFA, ERYT-500
Amy Weintraub, 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.
Kay Gardner, MS, LCPC, LFYP-1
Kay is a psychotherapist in private practice in Chicago and a national lead trainer in the Internal Family Systems model. Kay has been a yoga practitioner for 30 years, is currently a LifeForce Yoga practitioner, and has a passion for combining the body and mind in her psychotherapy. She is also certified in Hakomi body-centered psychotherapy, and has developed workshops on grief, women, sex, and other topics.
May 23-26, 2014
Stockbridge, MA - Kripalu Center