Newsletter 72: New research on nasal breathing, yoga for the elderly, and Iyengar Yoga for depression

Have you ever had one of those moments where it seems that the entire world is out to remind you to get back on track? I had one of those last week. I was driving to teach a yoga class and a woman in traffic slid in front of me, much too close for comfort. I laid on my horn and much to my surprise I hurled a profanity at her (in the last eight years I have used a profanity here and there, but I have not thrown one at a person). It shocked me to hear it coming out of my mouth. As I took my hand off the horn, it kept going and I could not get it to stop. I pulled over and searched my mind for what to do. I looked up and an angel in coveralls was running towards my car gesturing for me to pop my hood. In mere moments, he had pulled the fuse and my car stopped honking.

Amid the whole experience, I was receiving the message to wake up. Life is stressful and I had been allowing my stress response to dictate my life and my day. For me to respond to someone doing something dangerous in that way meant that I had let me anxiety creep up. As I pulled away from the angel in coveralls I resolved to take a deeper look at my daily life and draw proper boundaries around work and stress.

Drawing healthy boundaries around the things in life that stress us out is a stress management tool. This means leaving work at work, taking breaks (like a breathing break) in the middle of the day, and walking away from devices after a certain point in the day. For those of us that work from home, it can be difficult to step away from work, because it is right there. One tip for the self-employed is to establish boundaries around emails. Forbes.com had an article of tips from successful business people and it was mentioned that they only check emails 2 – 3 times a day, while most of their time is spent on money making projects. Apply that wisdom to social media as well and you might find your productivity, energy, and enthusiasm increase, while stress levels decrease.

Another healthy boundary tip is to take time off. Go away for a weekend, leave your computers and tablets at home, utilize the away message feature on your emails, and tell everyone you will be unreachable. Take a retreat, or make your own at home retreat. You work hard and you deserve the gift of self-care. You could even come join us at a 5-day Yoga for Mood Management in The Bahamas – warm sand, sun, yoga, and cool ocean. We may even have a weekend workshop coming up in your area.

Wishing you restoration and healthy boundaries,

Rose

Research: Yoga reduces depression & anxiety in elderly hospice patients

Researchers designed a yoga program for elderly women residing in a hospice in Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry), India. The program included simple warm-ups, movement coordinated with breath, yoga postures, yoga breathing practices and relaxation. The practice was 60 minutes twice a week. 40 women were divided into two groups, the yoga group and the wait-list. Researchers measures anxiety, depression, and self-esteem before and after; anxiety and depression were reduced while self-esteem increased. The researchers conclude that yoga should be a part of health-care facilities to enhance the quality of life and give a sense of hope.

If it works this well for the elderly, why not you? Consider adding a daily practice of some gentle stretching followed by the LifeForce Yoga Chakra Clearing Meditation.

Read the abstract here

Research: Nasal Breathing and the limbic system

Researchers at Northwestern Medicine have linked nasal breathing to increased emotional processing and memory. Nasal breathing directly impacts the “smelling” part of the brain (the olfactory bulb and cortex). The oscillations in the olfactory bulb and cortex synchronizes activity in the limbic brain, including the amygdala and hippocampus. During nasal inhalation (as opposed to breathing through the mouth) individuals in the study could identify faces with a fearful expression faster. They were also better able to recall faces if they had been inhaling through the nostrils when they first saw the face. Another way to think of these results is that when we are engaged in nasal breathing we are more alert and faster at responding to our surroundings than if we are mouth breathing. The exhalation through the nostrils enables us to calm our heart rate and activate the resting portion of the nervous system (the parasympathetic nervous system).

Yoga breathing is done through the nostrils, with a couple of exceptions. In LifeForce Yoga we use a 4:4 count breath to gently energize (inhale through the nose for a slow count of 4 and exhale through the nose for a slow count of 4) and a 4:6 count breath to calm. The next time you learn new information, inhale through your nose.

Read the abstract here

Research: Two New Studies on Yoga for Depression

One study measured the effect of yoga on heart rate variability (the ability of the heart to recovery quickly from stress and exertion) and depressive symptoms in women. 26 sedentary women with depression were randomized into two groups. The yoga group had 60 minute sessions twice a week for 12 weeks which included breathing exercises, yoga poses, and relaxation. The yoga group had a significant increase in heart rate variability and decrease in depressive symptoms and perceived stress.

Read the abstract here

The second study, conducted by Chris Streeter, MD and co-authored by Drs Brown and Gerbarg looked the effects of yoga and coherent breathing on major depressive disorder. Participants were randomized into two groups, one group receiving three 90-minute classes a week with home practice, and the other receiving two 90-minute classes a week plus home practice for 12 weeks. The yoga practice consisted of Iyengar Yoga with an emphasis on backbends and inversions, 10 minutes for relaxation and transition, ending with 20 minutes of coherent breathing (a practice of nasal breathing at a rate of five breaths per minute). Participants experienced a significant reduction of depressive symptoms after the 12 weeks. Practice three times a week had a greater impact than practice twice a week. Learn more about Coherent Breathing in Drs Brown’s & Gerbarg’s book, The Healing Power of the Breath.

Read the full study

Training: LifeForce Yoga Retreat & Training in Sunny Bahamas!

March 29 – April 2
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat
Paradise Island, Bahamas

Online Registration

As the Nor’easter storm passes through the east coast, we are even more excited to escape the winter weather for our upcoming retreat.  As a part of this program, we will practice movement, sound, breathing, visualization, intention setting, meditative relaxation, strategies for working with negative self-talk. During sessions you will have the opportunity to practice leading techniques with a partner in the program. In addition to LifeForce Yoga, you will get a chance to practice yoga with the ashram, chanting in the morning and the evening, a silent beach walk, presentations from teachers in other modalities (as a part of the regular Ashram schedule), walking on the beach and swimming in the ocean. This training can be taken as Part A of our Modular Training. Nourish and refresh body, mind and spirit, while you train with Amy Weintraub & Rose Kress.

Review: Mindful Relationships: Seven Skills for Success – Integrating the Science of Mind, Body and Brain By B Grace Bullock, PhD

Reviewed by Liz Payne-Merideth

Stress. Sigh. I have a long list of must-reads, and another on stress might not have been my call, but Mindful Relationships came my way. The grey sans-serif cover put me off, but I plunged in and I’m glad. Wow! What a gift! Research Scientist, Psychologist, Yoga Therapist, and Mindfulness Expert, B Grace Bullock, PhD, hit it out of the park with this accessible guide to increasing personal resilience around physiological stress and enjoying successful relationships.

Not another ”couples” book by any means, Mindful Relationships is a masterful resource for individuals as well as for organizations and leaders. Choosing to feel ’peaceful and grounded’, over ’seriously stressed’ is a no-brainer, but Bullock underscores the need for a user-friendly approach that works even to sustain strong social systems and behavior.

I’m aware that our existence depends on relationship. I know that chronic stress undermines our best efforts at being present, and connecting, and loving. Like many of us, I take stress for granted, but Bullock weaves relatable anecdotes with deep research, humor, and personal experience, so I read on with interest. In fact, the more I read, the more I wanted to read. Persistent tension creates a total dysregulation of the mind, body and brain. Instead of relating with sound communication and proper appraisals of our emotions, relentless flooding can keep us on primal defense overload – withdrawn and hostile, and that’s no way to live.

Enter Bullock’s BREATHE model. BREATHE is an acronym for her evidence-based method which calls for a commitment to self care and uses intentional breathing as a gateway to mindfulness. Her Seven Skills are powerful tools that anyone can follow: Breath Awareness, Regulating your autonomic nervous system, Experiencing your emotions, Appraising your mindset, Taking a purposeful pause, Humor, Engaging others differently. Each chapter explores the approach further and includes an exercise.

Mindful Relationships is a treasure trove of sane insight and information, and Bullock’s advances will leave you wanting to try her many experiential exercises. Whether you need help de-stressing or connecting, or both, I highly recommend adding this elegant guide to your library.

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Media Mention: Sharon Freedman CD “Embodiment: awakening to essence through sound”

Reviewed by Rose Kress

These magical piano solos have their origins in the elemental world, and beckon the listener to actively engage with them in order to assist in evolving a new earth consciousness. The pieces on this CD are calming, entrancing, and engaging at the same time. Sharon says of her work: “these musical notes and movements often came to me with their corresponding energies as gentle visitors from another dimension. They have embraced me, taught me, and inspired me, and continue to do so. Their awakened consciousness had fully collaborated in the development of this music that intensely calls to e a felt experience and foster a new consciousness on the earth.” In each piece, the connections with the elements are apparent and at times entrancing. This CD is a beautiful piece of work that is moving. This is a perfect CD for use in LifeForce Yoga as it sets a peaceful tone, without being intrusive. I met Sharon during my recent trip to New Jersey and was exposed to her music during car rides, a chiropractic adjustment, and yoga. I found her music enhanced my experiences and allowed me to be present.

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Contributors

Rose Kress, ERYT-500, LFYP-2, YACEP, Director of LifeForce Yoga, author of Mantra Chanting with Rose and Pathways to Relaxation.

Liz Payne-Merideth, BA, RYT is LifeForce Yoga® Healing Institute’s Tucson-based Operations Director. She completed LifeForce Yoga® Practitioner Level 1 Training in January, and will begin the mentoring phase soon. Liz also looks forward to LFYP L2 training!

 

About the Author

Amy Weintraub

Amy Weintraub E-RYT, MFA, directs the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute, which trains yoga and health professionals internationally, and is the author of Yoga for Depression and Yoga Skills for Therapists. The LifeForce Yoga protocol is used by health care providers worldwide. She is involved in ongoing research on the effects of yoga on mood.

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What People Say

“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.
“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
“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 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
“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
“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
“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
“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 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
“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
“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.
“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
“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
“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
“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
“I gained perspective of who I am in the world and this will change my life significantly.” — Mary Ford, artist, Southport, CT
“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
“Words do not do justice to all that I learned. This workshop changed my life!” — Jen Nolan, Teacher, Cortland, NY
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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 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
“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
“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 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
“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
“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 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 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
“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.
“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
“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
“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.)
“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
“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 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
“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.
“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 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 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
“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.
“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
“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
“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 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
“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
“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
“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
“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.
“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 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
“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
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