The LifeForce Yoga® Practitioner Training for Depression and Anxiety
- The Role of the Certified LifeForce Yoga Practitioner
- Who Should Attend?
- Level Description and Upcoming LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Trainings
- Level I
- New in 2013! LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training in Three Modules
- Level II
- Helpful Links for Those Considering the Training
- Testimonials from LifeForce Yoga Practitioners
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.
CEC’s available. See the training venue for more information.
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
- Social Workers
- Mental Health and Pastoral Counselors
- Military & Veteran Providers
- Massage Therapists
- Occupational Therapists
- Recreational Therapists
- Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
- Physicians and Physician Assistants
- Complementary & Alternative Medicine Professionals
- Other Allied Health Professionals
If you have questions, please contact Rose Kress, firstname.lastname@example.org, to discuss your case.
Level I training is currently offered in two formats
As a 7-day all-inclusive residential retreat:
- January in Tucson, AZ – Register here
- April 2014 at Yogaville Satchidananda Ashram, Buckingham, Virginia -Registration available in November
- July 7 – 14, 2013 at Kripalu in Stockbridge, MA – Register here
See the venue for CEC information. LFYP-1 Certification awarded upon completion.
LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training Level 1 in Three Modules:
The LFYP Training in Three Modules is equivalent to the Level 1 Training. Upon completion of the three modules, registered participants will be certified at the as LifeForce Yoga Practitioners – Level 1 and will be eligible to take the Level 2 training.
Module A: Experiential
- Location: Sivananda Ashram, Paradise Island, Bahamas
- Time: 5 Days, 36 hours
- Date: Feb. 6 – 10, 2014 (5 full days; 6 nights required as we start on the morning of the 6th and end on the evening of the 10th)
- Cost: $450
- Credits: 26 CEs for NASW, NAADAC, Nurses; 36 CEUs for Yoga Alliance
This Experiential workshop is open to all with yoga experience and is Part A of a 3-Part certification course to become a LifeForce Yoga Practitioner – level 1. Learn an empowering, evidence-based Yoga protocol for self-care and to help students and clients focus, relax, and have greater access to feeling states. You will experience all aspects of LifeForce Yoga, including pranayama, kriya, asana, nada yoga (sound), bhavana (visual imagery) sankalpa (intention/affirmation), meditation, and non-dual self-inquiry.
There will also be opportunities for practicing with one and other and receiving feedback from the faculty. For those who are already LifeForce Yoga Practitioners, this can be taken as a refresher course/retreat. Yoga and health care professionals and general practitioners will learn strategies appropriate for a clinical setting that can safely release chronically held physical tension and repressed emotion.
This Experiential is offered in a yoga retreat ashram setting on a beautiful beach, where you may attend daily early morning and evening satsang with the ashram residents that includes meditation and chanting. One satsang per day is required, both are recommended. This program has extended hours.
Students of this course will:
- Design one-on-one Yoga sessions for dysthymia (chronic depression), anxiety-based depression, PTSD, and bipolar disorder
- Learn breathing and meditation practices for addressing dysthymia and anxiety-based depression
- Learn how to add somatic strategies to clinical practice and Yoga classes to increase clients’ self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-esteem, and ability to cope
- Experience techniques you can teach your clients and students to do at home
- Practice asanas (postures), pranayama and kriyas (breathing and cleansing), mantra (chanting), bhavana (development of the mind), sankalpa (resolve and intention), mudra (hand gestures), meditation, therapeutic long holding of postures and non-dual strategies for working with negative self-talk
- Take home tools and confidence for working with individuals suffering from depression and anxiety
Required Reading: Yoga for Depression by Amy Weintraub (Broadway Books). Recommended Reading: Yoga Skills for Therapists (W.W. Norton); Practice with LifeForce Yoga DVDs & CDs.
Amy Weintraub will be assisted by Rose Kress, RYT 500, a LifeForce Yoga Educator/Mentor and Functional Yoga Therapist; and Kathy Shafer, Ph.D., LCSW, E-500RYT, LFYP-2, a psychotherapist specializing in addictions and LifeForce Yoga Practitioner.
Sivananda Ashram Schedule: 36 Program Hours Required for Part A Certification
- Feb 6 – 9: 8 – 10 am (Inauguration Puja at 8 am on the 6th); 12:00 – 3:00 pm
- Feb 10: 8 – 10 am; 12:00 – 4:00 pm (Graduation Puja at 5:15 pm)
- Satsang: 6 – 7:45 am; 8 – 10:00 pm (One a day is required, both are recommended)
- Sivananda Yoga Class 4:00 – 6:00 pm (Recommended)
Module B – Online
- Location: Your home
- Time: 13 hours
- Webinar Topics
- Creating the Safe & Sacred Container
- Pranayama & Meditation
- Mantra & Mudra
- Yoga & Trauma
- Webinar Dates: 4 2-hour live Webinars with Amy Weintraub on Tuesdays 1 – 3pm PT, October 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29. You may listen to the recording, if you cannot attend live. All webinars will include yoga practices.
- Teleconference with Amy Weintraub & LifeForce Yoga Mentor and psychotherapist Ann Friedenheim, Date: 1 2-hour live teleconference on October 29th at 1pm PT. (This will also be recorded for later playback, if you can’t make the call.) This two-hour live phone call with LFYP Training director and author of Yoga for Depression and Yoga Skills for Therapists Amy Weintraub and LifeForce Yoga Mentor and psychotherapist Ann Friedenheim, MS, MA, CAADC, RYT-200, LFYP-2, will be geared to health care and therapeutic yoga applications
- 3 Teleconferences with Your Study Partner: You will be assigned a study partner or partners. Please schedule your meetings between weeks one, two, and three. (Only for those taking Module B for credit towards their LifeForce Yoga Practitioner certification.)
- If you are taking Module B for Credit towards your LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training, you will receive the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training Manual.
- Cost: $210
If you are taking Module B for Credit towards your LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training, your participation is required:
- 8 hours of online webcast sessions in two four-hour sessions. Attend live or listen during the following week at your convenience. (If you are taking this as part of your LFYP certification, be sure to listen prior to your study partner phone call.)
- Two hours of live Applications Q & A and Practices via Teleconference
- Complete assigned reading
- Complete homework
- Three teleconferences with your study/practice partner
Online sessions will include lecture, slides and opportunities to practice.
Module C: Mentoring
- Location: Various
- Time: 6 hours, one-on-one
- Dates: Various
- Cost: $550
In Module C, you will be asked to complete three sessions that can consist of a workshop, class and/or private psychotherapy, coaching, counseling, medical or yoga session, in which you integrate the practices you have learned.
You will have an initial one-hour meeting (in person, Skype or phone) with your Mentor to establish your areas of interest and concern. Mentoring sessions follow each of your three community sessions, and are between 1 and 1.5 hours per session.
You will be asked to submit session reports and self-mentoring assessments to your mentor for each of your completed community sessions prior to your mentoring session.
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 at Yogaville Satchidananda Ashram, Buckingham, Virginia, April 1 – 7, 2013 – Level 2 Schedule
- Prerequisites for Level 2: Level 1 Training and a Minimum of 3 Mentoring Sessions
- “Journey to Well-Being: New Light on Yoga for Depression and Anxiety” Interview with Amy Weintraub by Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D
- “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
“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.