- The LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training for Depression and Anxiety
- The Role of the Certified LifeForce Yoga Practitioner
- Who Should Attend? (you do not need to be a yoga teacher)
- Level – I (65 — 71 Hours)
- Preparation for Level 1
- Level II (64 Hours)
- Helpful Links for Those Considering the Training
- LifeForce Yoga Practitioners Say…
The LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training for Depression and Anxiety
LifeForce Yoga offers mood management support through trainings, workshops, individual sessions, research, books and audio visual materials to those with depression, anxiety, chronic pain and a history of trauma and to the professionals who serve them.
In addition to learning an evidence-based practice for both depression and anxiety, the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner (LFYP) will learn ancient strategies from both Tantric and Classical Yoga traditions for self-care. LFYPs learn Yogic practices supported by current research in psycho-neurobiology to help clear away the obstructions (chronic tensions, constricting beliefs, limiting emotions) that may be keeping trainees and their students from knowing and expressing their own authenticity and fullest potential.
The LFYP learns how to create and sustain a safe container for students and clients so that learning can occur in an atmosphere of acceptance and love. The LFYP learns how to assess mood and constitution from a Yogic perspective. Throughout the training, LFYPs personally experience each exercise and have opportunities to observe their own sensations, feelings, and reactions. Trainees learn how to teach each exercise, have opportunities to practice teach with others and get feedback from the LFYP staff. Distinctions are made between those practices that may be safely led by a Yoga Teacher and those that may be suitable in a clinical setting, led by a psychotherapist or other health professional.
- Pranayama & Kriya
- Yoga Nidra
- Therapeutic holding of posture
- Nondual Strategies for working with negative self-talk
This training is also suitable for those working with trauma. Psychotherapists who also practice Yoga, find they are able to offer their clients an alternative and/or adjunct treatment to medication, and to provide them with tools for internal mood-regulation and self-care. We have a non-certification track available for serious yoga practitioners.
CEC’s available. See the training venue for more information.
The Role of the Certified LifeForce Yoga Practitioner
Our job as LifeForce Yoga Practitioners is to clear away the obstructions, first within ourselves, so that we know that the energy awake within us and the energy that surrounds us are one and the same. Second, our job as LifeForce Yoga Practitioners is to create and maintain a safe and compassionate container for our students and clients, so that in an atmosphere of acceptance and love, they can learn the tools to clear their own inner space of whatever is preventing them from realizing and sustaining their positive mental health.
- Yoga professionals
- Complementary & Alternative Medicine Professionals
- Massage Therapists
- Mental Health and Pastoral Counselors
- Military & Veteran Providers
- Nurses & Nurse Practitioners
- Occupational Therapists
- Other Allied Health Professionals
- Physicians & Physician Assistants
- Recreational Therapists
- Social Workers
- Serious Yoga practitioners
If you have questions, please contact Rose Kress, firstname.lastname@example.org, to discuss your case.
Level – I (65 — 71 Hours)
The Level 1 training is currently offered in two formats:
As a 7-day all-inclusive residential retreat or as Modular Program in Three Parts.
Level 1 7-day trainings:
- July 5-12, 2015 at Kripalu in Stockbridge, MA — Registration details here
- January 10-17, 2016 at Resemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson, AZ
- April 3-10, 2016 at Yogaville in Buckingham, VA
- July 3-10, 2016 at Kripalu in Stockbridge, MA
See the venue for CEC information.
LFYP-1 Certification awarded upon successful completion of the program 3 mentoring sessions and a 40 day challenge. Details here.
Level 1 in Three Modules
The LFYP Training in Three Modules is equivalent to the Level 1 Training. Upon completion of the three modules, and the 40 day challenge, registered participants will be certified at LifeForce Yoga Practitioners – Level 1 and will be eligible to take the Level 2 training. Full details
We are planning to offer our next Module A at Soul of Yoga in Encinitas, CA, Dec 5 – 9th, 2015. The next residential Module A is five full days, March 28-April 1, 2016 at Sivananda Ashram in The Bahamas. Module A will also be offered in Melbourne, AUS, May 6 -10, 2016. Registration will be available soon.
Preparation for Level 1
For those wishing to take the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Program, the following will support you in your learning:
- LifeForce Yoga to Manage Your Mood weekend workshop, or equivalent program
- Read Yoga for Depression by Amy Weintraub
- Practice with the LifeForce Yoga to Beat the Blues – Level 1 or Level 2 DVD (suggested practice of 30 days)
- Practice with the LifeForce Yoga Chakra Clearing Meditation CD (suggested practice of 30 days)
- If you have questions, please contact Rose, rose@yogafordepression.
NOTE: This course can be taken as an elective to fulfill requirements in the following Professional Yoga Therapy Training Schools:
- Integrative Yoga Therapy under the direction of Joseph and Lilian Le Page
- Inner Peace Yoga Therapy under the direction of Michele Lawrence
- IHYT-Integrated Health Yoga Therapy under the direction of Karen Claffey
Level II (64 Hours)
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 be offered in Tucson, May 23-30, 2016
- Prerequisites for Level 2: Level 1 Training and a Minimum of 3 Mentoring Sessions (this includes the 3 session required to complete Level 1 Certification)
- Level 2 Registration
- “Journey to Well-Being: New Light on Yoga for Depression and Anxiety” Interview with Amy Weintraub by Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D
- “Yoga in Talk Therapy – A New Way to Practice” by Amy Weintraub LifeForce Yoga Blog August 12, 2013
- “Benefits On and Off the Mat: LifeForce Yoga® Practitioner Training” by Felicity Boyer, LFYP-2, Yoga Therapy Today
- “Take a Breath: Using yoga to create a sense of well-being in your office” by Amy Weintraub Psychotherapy Networker, March/April 2010
LifeForce Yoga Practitioners Say…
“Amy’s program was built upon experiential knowledge and wisdom, not necessarily only from a therapist’s perspective but more importantly from the client’s standpoint. This is what makes it different. This is what makes it unique in this blossoming field of yoga for mental health and wellbeing.” Read More— Lena Young
“LFY needs to carry a warning–these practices may transform your life in ways and at the pace you don’t expect My sankalpa (affirmation/intention) has been pulling me into its manifestation ever since it announced itself to me at LFY training. And how–a complete life overhaul Thank you for so generously sharing these powerful practices, for taking time to connect with me and offering encouragement and inspiration.” – Valerie Baker, PhD, EdM, RYT, LFYP-1
“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
“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 patients can now have the same effects as many medications without having to actually take medication!” — Deborah Lubetkin, PSY.D, LFYP, West Caldwell, NJ
“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 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 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
“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 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.
“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.
“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.
“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 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 gained tools for working with my own depression and with my clients’ depressions.” — Robert Sgona, LCSW, RYT, psychotherapist, Yoga teacher, Camden, ME.