LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Update – Issue 16


Message from Amy

Dear LFYPs,

I hope this message finds you in good spirits. This is a busy time here since the new book from W.W. Norton will be out in April. Yoga Skills for Therapists is garnering wonderful advanced praise thanks to many of you who contributed. Here are the LFYPs who appear in the book:

Joy Bennett, LFYP-2, ERYT-500, IYT-500, Felicity Boyer, MBA, RYT, LFYP-2, Deborah Lubetkin, PsyD, LFYP-2, Ann Friedenheim, MA, RYT, LFYP-2, Joe Walter, MSW, CMFT, RYT, LFYP-2, Laura Orth, LICSW, LFYP-2, Francoise Adan, MD, LFYP, Susan Tebb, PhD, LSW, RYT, LFYP-2, Dory Martin, LCSW, LFYP, Sue Dilsworth, PhD, RYT-500, LFYP-2, Kathryn Shafer, PhD, RYT-500, LFYP-2, Laurie Schaeffer, HN-BC RN, E-RYT 500, LFYP, Mickie Diamond, LCSW, RYT, LFYP, Nancy Nicholson, LCSW, RYT, LFYP, Alexandra Kedrock, LCSW, RYT, LFYP, Patricia Rogers, LFYP and Cindy Naughton, LMFT, LFYP. Rose Kress took most of the pictures and assembled the Glossary. Thank you all for your contributions!

Here’s the Press Release about the book:

You can preorder the book at:, enter code OAW1958 to receive a 20% discount.

If you are teaching or presenting and would like copies of the book available for your attendees, please call the publisher, W.W. Norton, to order wholesale copies: 1-800 233-4830. If you need them sooner than April 7th, contact Kevin Olsen, the marketing and publicity director at

We had a wonderful January training in Tucson, and, thanks to new LFYP Bucky Faraquar, the group has banded together to support each others’ daily practice.  Please see Ashley Lynn Caputo’s interview with Bucky below. Thanks to faculty and staff: Maria Kali Ma, Sue Dilsworth, Caren Strait and, of course, Rose Kress!

I’ve just returned from Kripalu and the Asheville Yoga Center, where I was tremendously supported by LifeForce Yoga precious beings Joy Bennett, Wendy Chabot and Susan Schrott at Kripalu and Donna Eash and Tricia MacDonald in Asheville.

While in Asheville, I also taught in the Inner Peace Yoga Therapy Training and enjoyed reconnecting with three LFYPs who were taking the training in Asheville: Mary Pullin, Dawn Hamilton and Dena Saedi. This year Inner Peace will hold its training at Mount Madonna in Watsonville, CA, and in 2013 it will be in Tucson at the Desert Renewal Center.

The 2012 training is offering $100 off until the end of February.

Your work in the world continues to inspire me. May LifeForce Yoga continue to inspire you!

A warm namasté,


Message from Rose

As a gentle reminder, when promoting your LifeForce Yoga work, teaching classes, editing, etc, please remember to include the word yoga. It gets easily dropped.Please note that it is “LifeForce Yoga(R)” – LifeForce is one word with the ‘F’ capitalized and Yoga is also capitalized. You only need to use the registered trademark symbol, ®, at the beginning of any document. If you have questions, please let me know.

You may have noticed that the website had been changed and updated — hooray! It has been a lot of work, but we have a wonderful new webmaster. As always, check your listing and let us know if anything has changed. We are still in the process of working with the LFYP pages, please be patient with us.

Please Note — the password and URL have changed for the LFYP portion of the site! (please note that there is no “www” in this link)

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

This is where you can download the most recent version of the Level 1 Manual, mentoring forms, new Power Points that include research and trauma, and Sue Dilsworth’s new Power Point on yoga and psychotherapy that she developed for the level 1 training.

Here’s a direct link to the new manual:

LifeForce Yoga Level 1 Practitioner Training Manual


Congratulations to the graduates of the LFYP Level 1 Training that took place in Tucson, AZ, January 8 – 15, 2012:

  • Colleen McHorney from Prescott, AZ
  • Mary Magers from Prescott, AZ
  • Nikki Aiello from Phoenix, AZ
  • Sierra Ohrel from Tucson, AZ
  • Wendy White from Tucson, AZ
  • Risa Ross from Valencia, CA
  • Mickey Reed from North Haven, CT
  • Paulette Thomas from Atlanta, GA
  • Sara Rolley from Carlisle, MA
  • Kathy Fogle from Harwich, MA
  • Lisa Moore from Baltimore, MD
  • Laurie Thorner from Colombia, MD
  • Donna Bialozor from Frederick, MD
  • Lisa Ham from Allendale, MI
  • Judy Kuiper from Grand Rapids, MI
  • Mary Jane Gazda from Harrison Twp, MI
  • Cathy Caldwell-Bowman from Muskegon, MI
  • Laura Morledge from Billings, MT
  • Nichole Finger from Connelius, NC
  • Lynn Ciccone from New Lebanon, NY
  • Harvey Vinsky from Toronto, ON
  • Sandra Gordon from Camp Hill, PA
  • Rebecca Stern from Philadelphia, PA
  • Mary Noone from Valley Forge, PA
  • Tzivia Stein Barrett from Dallas, TX
  • Judi Eskovitz from Vienna, VA
  • Rachel Delbos from Williamsburg, VA
  • Renee Couture from Burlington, VT
  • Ana Sierra from Tacoma, WA
  • Bucky Farquhar from Seattle, WA

Interview with Bucky Farquhar

by Ashley Lynn Caputo, LFYP-2

Bucky Farquhar, a January, 2012 LFYP level one graduate was inspired to invite her fellow graduates to become involved in a 40 day LifeForce practice challenge, done at home and shared on-line. She is quite an inspiring practitioner.

What contributed to you coming up with this idea?

I wanted to deepen my practice after graduation. I knew I was going to do a 40 day challenge which meant for me: being on my mat at 6am each day. I intuitively knew it would change how I viewed my life. And I was curious as to what that would be, which was terrific because I had recently moved from Philadelphia to Seattle. I then realized others in the January Level I Training & retreat might be interested in doing this too, so I asked if anyone wanted to join me.

I said I would start email conversations, facilitating the group process and if there was interest I would host a 1 time per week call too. A number of people said yes. I’m pleased my idea of a 40 day challenge was met with such enthusiasm. We’ve created a community on Facebook where we could learn from each other as well as offer support. Many are loving it,

How many people were in your training, and how many joined you in the challenge?

We were a group of 32 yoginis and one yogi. 14 of us are involved in the on-line forum discussing the challenge, sharing our successes with clients and having fun. Some people were willing to sign up for Facebook private group and participate in the group. I was pleased that some were willing to leave their comfort zone to do this.

You had mentioned some excellent parameters for one to consider setting for oneself including: “What is an acceptable minimum daily practice for me?” and “how many days of doing less than I planned is okay with me?” or ”Is one pose or breathing technique enough for one day?” These are savvy questions! What have you found people have shared the most?

The forum is a confidential, closed discussion one. But I can say that, in general, people have written about their enjoyment of doing their practices every morning. They have written about successes with clients and colleagues. And some have talked about their own challenges. I found when I asked these questions of myself that I notice I am clearer as to what is an okay practice for that particular morning. I don’t necessarily have answers or a specific structure that guide me. I am humbly more clear what will disappoint and discourage me. And I am delighted that others are sharing the ride.

What brought you to the LifeForce Yoga practitioner training from Seattle, WA?

I am a “young” yoga teacher, I plus years; a twenty year yoga student and a co-active life coach for 10 years, and family therapist for 17 years before that. I feel like I can combine a number of my skills by adding Amy’s premise to my experience. I was inspired by a weekend Amy taught here in Seattle at 8 Limbs last fall to go to Tucson for the Retreat.

And I wanted to enjoy LifeForce yoga in my life in a more committed way. Now, with the group doing the challenge, there is a lot of enthusiasm, friendship, and support from all over the country. And the learning has a collegial quality to it. And I am looking at new teaching opportunities with LifeForce Yoga incorporated here in the Seattle area also.

Register for LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training
for Depression & Anxiety – Level 2

Registration for the Level 2 Training, May 7 – 14, 2012, Tucson, AZ is ongoing.

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. 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 May!

Level 2 continues training in the Yogic strategies for balancing mood, with more practice teaching. The emphasis here is working one-on-one and leading workshops. Level 2 will focus on developing skill levels in assessing, teaching and working with students and clients in groups and individually to facilitate and empower them to manage their moods with yogic principles, practices, and strategies.

In this course, you will actively lead, with script in hand, what you may only have experienced in Level 1. Ancient yogic practices will be considered in the light of current research in the field of yoga and mental health. 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.

General Daily Schedule and Registration

*we begin at 7pm on the 12th and end at noon on the 18th*

Once you have registered, you can download the required mentoring forms from the LFYP website at (please note that there is no “www” in this link).

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

Please note, we ask that you complete two mentoring sessions prior to the training. If this is not possible, please contact Rose at


What People Say

“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
“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
“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
“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
“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 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
“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
“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
“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
“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.
“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
“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.
“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.)
“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 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’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
“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
“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 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 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
“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.
“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 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
“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
“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 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
“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 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 gained perspective of who I am in the world and this will change my life significantly.” — Mary Ford, artist, Southport, CT
“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 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
“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
“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.
“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
“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 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
“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 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
“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
“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
“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 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 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 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 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
“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 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
“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.
“Words do not do justice to all that I learned. This workshop changed my life!” — Jen Nolan, Teacher, Cortland, NY
“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
“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 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 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
“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
“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 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
“I gained tools for working with my own depression and with my clients’ depressions.” — Robert Sgona, LCSW, RYT, psychotherapist, Yoga teacher, Camden, ME.
“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 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 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 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
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