“By attending to the mental and spiritual side of yoga, a sincere student becomes like a smoothly flowing river, irrigating and fertilizing the land around it.” — Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar, Yoga: the Path to Holistic Health
Psy.D., LFYP-2, RYT-200, LifeForce Yoga Mentoring Director
Deb is a Licensed Psychologist with a private practice in NJ for over 20 years. She became certified as a LifeForce Yoga practitioner, Level 1 in 2009, returning to complete her Level 2 certification in 2011. Deborah was then certified in 2013 as a Kripalu Yoga Teacher. Deborah’s private practice incorporates Eastern philosophy with the challenges of Western living to create a forum for her clients to develop an integrative plan to address a wide variety of mood related imbalances. In addition to integrating Psychotherapy with LifeForce Yoga in individual sessions both on and off the mat, Deborah runs groups and workshops in her community around the theme of “Balancing Mood with LifeForce Yoga.” She also teaches a weekly LifeForce Yoga class at a local studio, and volunteers with a program called Yoga Connections teaching LifeForce Yoga classes in Israel for one week each year. Integrating LifeForce Yoga and Kripalu Yoga into her life and my psychotherapy practice has created remarkable shifts in the way that she moves through a session with a client, in the way clients move through the process of therapy, and in the way Deb moves through her life.
PhD, RYT-500, LFYP-2, Certified Yoga Therapist
Sue is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Yoga Therapist working in the Greater Grand Rapids area. Sue has worked as a psychologist in university settings, non-profit agencies and private practice for the past 12 years. Sue has trained extensively with Amy Weintraub and has served as a faculty member for the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training Level 1. Sue received her Yoga Therapy (300-hour) certification from Inner Peace Therapy program. She incorporates the LifeForce Yoga philosophy along with Iyengar principles in her yoga practice. Clinically, Sue is a holistic health practitioner that establishes treatment protocols that are specifically designed to meet individual needs. Sue supports and encourages her clients to open their hearts to new opportunities and grow as they move through their personal journey. Sue is the owner of Heart’s Journey Wellness Center in Allendale, MI.
MS, MA, CAADC, RYT-200, LFYP-2
Ann has been practicing as a psychotherapist and group facilitator since 1986 when she acquired her master’s degree in counseling psychology. Ann currently is the clinical supervisor at Confront, Inc., the outpatient program of Treatment Trends, Inc. In addition to supervising the counseling staff at this agency, Ann provides therapeutic services to children, adolescents and adults who are affected by addiction, sexual abuse and domestic violence. Since obtaining her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Kripalu, Ann has been incorporating LifeForce Yoga into her work as a clinician, providing a safe container for recovery. She shares LifeForce Yoga individually, in group classes and in co-occurring group therapy.
ERYT-500, LFYP-2, YACEP, Director of LifeForce Yoga
Rose began practicing yoga in 1994 and teaching since 2004. In that time she has focused on the therapeutic aspects of yoga – for the body, mind and soul. Rose teaches classes and workshops throughout the Tucson area and has been blessed to teach at The Crossings in Austin, TX, at Yogaville in VA, at Kripalu in Lenox, MA, and Sivananda Ashram in The Bahamas with the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training Program. She has also presented at a number of Yoga Festivals in Arizona. Rose integrates LifeForce Yoga techniques into therapeutic yoga for back pain, cancer, pulmonary disease, structural wellness, and yoga therapy. She studies with Rama Jyoti Vernon and has taken the Functional Yoga Therapy Training with Maria KaliMa. Rose is the Director of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute and teaches in the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Trainings. Rose is also the author of 2 CDs, Mantra Chanting with Rose and Pathways to Relaxation.
Kat is a certified yoga teacher, and LifeForce Yoga Level 2 Practitioner teaching in the Lakes Region of Western Maine and continues to consult in the Greater Boston area. She is a member of Yoga Alliance, International Association of Yoga Therapists, and Iyengar Yoga National Association of US.
As a breast cancer survivor Kat has unique insight into the physical and emotional impact living with a serious illness can have on your life. Kat integrates LifeForce Yoga teachings by inviting the student/client to meet their mood in the present moment. She inspires students to listen to their bodies, move compassionately, and bring awareness to what arises. Kat incorporates LFY practices into her classes and sessions with individuals, which brings a sense of well-being and confidence to her clients/students both on and off the mat. She has worked extensively with women in recovery from addiction at Women’s Hope Program at the Shattuck Hospital in Boston. Kat has also worked with individuals healing from cancer, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s, and those living with anxiety and depression.
Kat has assisted Amy at numerous workshops and is on the faculty to assist the LifeForce Yoga Level I Practitioner training held at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. She is a graduate of the Iyengar Teacher training program (374 hours), and has completed two 200-hour Yoga teacher trainings. Kat offers private instruction, classes, and workshops in LifeForce yoga, Hatha, Vinyasa, and Alignment based yoga & healing restorative yoga practice. She has led meditation circles & classes in the vipassana & metta (loving kindness) traditions.
BA, MSW, RegS.W., LFYP-2
Linda Mackay, (MSW) is a level 2 LFY practitioner and is on the faculty and a mentor with the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute. She has a background in the performing arts and has been working at the University of Waterloo’s Counselling and Psychological Services for many years. She is co-owner of The Space Within in Stratford Ontario where she offers individual therapy, LFY workshops, mindfulness based programs and meditation classes.
Laura is a clinical social worker with 28 years providing individual and family psychotherapy. Trained in LifeForce Yoga, Internal Family Systems, and as a Kripalu yoga teacher, she has been integrating yoga and mindfulness skills into her psychotherapy practice for several years. A LFY mentor, she teaches relaxation classes at Southboro Medical Group, where she is a counseling provider. Laura is a compassionate and enthusiastic teacher who enjoys the interplay of ancient and modern traditions.
Sherry is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (1976) in Chester County, PA, and a Registered Yoga Teacher (1999). She offers psychotherapy, LifeForce Yoga and Yoga Nidra to individuals, groups and through professional trainings. Her extensive experience includes working in school settings, child welfare, a drug and alcohol treatment center, a community service agency and private practice. She co-created and co-founded a non-profit adolescent mentoring program for girls which she ran from 1997-2009. She co-authored the book, Girls Star: Building Confidence, Courage and Community in Adolescent Girls, and the Training Manual that guides the program. Sherry trained with Amy Weintraub starting in 2004, and as faculty member of the LifeForce Yoga Training Institute, has assisted Amy since 2007. She has also done Level I and II training in iRest Yoga Nidra with Richard Miller. Sherry works holistically, combining the wisdom of West and East, seeing people through their strengths and helping them to uncover the wholeness and well-being always present within.
Dr. Kathy is a licensed psychotherapist, author, educator, consultant, and certified yoga teacher (LifeForce Yoga Practitioner, 500RYT), certified play therapist, and certified addiction professional. For 30 years in her private practice, her clinical work and research has focused on the diverse and special needs all age groups impacted by the addictions, trauma, mood disorders, pain management, parenting, and relationships. Her career has won her the reputation of solid scholarship and as the “go to” therapist/consultant. Dr. Kathy is internationally renowned as a dynamic speaker and conference presenter.
As a LifeForce Yoga Practitioner, Dr. Kathy incorporates the use of sound (mantra), movement (asana), imagery (bhavana), and intention (sankalpa) to assist clients in mood management and daily self-care. Controlling allergies, chronic asthma, ACOA issues, and herself a trauma survivor, her daily practice of LifeForce Yoga helps Dr. Kathy remain resilient and strong in her own life, while attending to the needs of those who seek her services.
E-RYT 200, LFYP-2
Joanne has been teaching yoga fulltime for 14 years. She has combined LifeForce Yoga with her clinical social work background and works as the first yoga therapist at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, one of the largest inpatient psychiatric hospitals in the US. Joanne is also member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. In 2004, she founded Yoga in Schools (YIS) as a way to reach school children and teachers to help them nurture their own well-being through yoga. Since then, Yoga in Schools has become a leader in the field of school yoga, reaching over 20,000 children and 1,000 teachers with sustainable wellness programs. Joanne teaches and presents across the US at conferences and retreat centers including Kripalu, Omega and the Garrison Institute.
PhD, E-RYT-200, LFYP-2
Dr. Simpson is a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist specializing in individual, couples, group and family therapy. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized faith-consistent approach tailored to each client. She holds certifications as an Imago Relationship Therapist, a LifeForce Yoga Practitioner 2/Mentor and is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200-hour level (E-RYT-200) with the Yoga Alliance. She belongs to the International Association of Practitioners of Encountered-centered Couples Therapy and maintains a board certification as a Professional Christian Counselor. Dr. Simpson is also one of the primary international investigators for evaluating the efficacy of Encountered-centered Couples Therapy. She maintains a private practice in Manassas, Virginia and is on the faculty of Stratford University teaching Nursing Research and Psychiatric Nursing.
Randy is a trauma therapist assigned to the PTSD Treatment Team at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care Systems (SAVAHCS) in Tucson, Arizona. He is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, hypnotherapy, EMDR, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive processing therapy, and prolonged exposure therapy. Randy facilitates a weekly LifeForce Yoga group for clients and a weekly yoga nidra practice for mental health professionals at SAVAHCS.
Randy’s professional career has spanned 35 years. He has worked in community mental health and substance abuse programs, corrections, private practice, and as an adjunct faculty teaching MSW students. Randy has been responsible for directing outpatient treatment programs, day treatment and day rehabilitation programs, an emergency crisis services program, an acute inpatient psychiatric treatment program, managing a rural mental health clinic, and a case management and clinical services program for persons diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. He has volunteered facilitating community groups for HIV/AIDS and serving on various boards of a community LGBT organization, a community domestic violence agency, a chamber of commerce and a homeowners association.
Randy has been in a relationship with his life partner for the past 35 year; they were legally married in Iowa 5 years ago. Their family consists of two four-year-old yellow labs. In addition to yoga, Randy enjoys reading, running, cycling, mountain biking, and hiking. He has been a regular participant in the annual El Tour de Tucson cycling event.