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LifeForce Yoga® Practitioner Annual Training Retreat For Mood Management – Level 1
January 11 - January 18
Tucson, AZ 85743 United States
Days begin with self-care in the form of sunrise yoga and meditation, followed by a silent breakfast. Daily sessions include discussion, experiential learning, practice in pairs, and sharing. Enjoy afternoons walking the labyrinth, hiking the desert, or having a massage. Every afternoon includes a Yoga Nidra practice. Spend your lunch and dinner networking with other like-minded practitioners and individuals. After this training and self-care retreat, you will return home with a renewed daily practice, a tool-box full of self-care techniques, and tools to support your clients and students in reconnecting with their wholeness.
In the LFYP Training, you will learn an evidence-based practice for both depression and anxiety, as well as ancient strategies from both Tantric and Classical Yoga traditions for self-care. Learn Yoga practices supported by current research in psycho-neurobiology to help clear away the obstructions (chronic tensions, constricting beliefs, limiting emotions) that may be keeping you and those you serve from knowing and expressing your authenticity and your fullest potential.
- To assess mood from a Yogic perspective
- To instruct simple tools for managing mood fluctuations
- Accessible techniques for releasing the constrictions of depression, anxiety, and trauma
- Portable practices, appropriate in clinical settings, that do not require a yoga mat or special clothing
- A practice that augments the effects of a yoga class, as well as individual and group psychotherapy
- Yoga practices not often taught in yoga classes, or trainings, that are informed by current research in the fields psychotherapy, physiology, yoga, neuroscience, and neurobiology
- A pathway from darkness into light
CEUs for mental health professionals and Yoga Alliance & IAYT CEUs available for yoga teachers.
More information here on the LFYP Training link.
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 Dierctor of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute and teaches in LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Trainings. Rose is also the author of 2 CDs, Mantra Chanting with Rose and Pathways to Relaxation.
Randy Todd, LCSW, MSW, LFYP-2
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.
MFA, ERYT-500, C-IAYT, YACEP, Founder of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute
Amy is the author of Yoga for Depression (Broadway Books, 2004) and Yoga Skills for Therapists: Effective Practices for Mood Management (W.W. Norton, 2012), has been a pioneer in the field of yoga and mental health for over twenty years. She offers the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training for Depression and Anxiety to health and yoga professionals and offers workshops for every day practitioners. The LifeForce Yoga protocol is being used in residential treatment centers, hospitals and by health care providers around the world and is featured on the LifeForce Yoga CD Series and the first DVD home Yoga practice series for mood management, the award-winning LifeForce Yoga to Beat the Blues, Level 1 & Level 2. She is an invited speaker at conferences internationally and is involved in ongoing research on the effects of yoga on mood.
Maria Mendola, MA, RN, ERYT-500, C-IAYT, YACEP
Maria received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and Masters in Community Health; taught Nursing Sciences at the College level, as well as Anatomy & Physiology – all the while focusing on holistic aspects of health and wellbeing. She has rooted her study of Yoga in a more inclusive format, honoring all of the great teachings of yoga and its insights; finding commonality and a resonance of Truth within all of them. In addition, Maria has extensively studied Trauma Release, Feldenkrais Technique, Kinesiology, Homeopathy, Nutrition & Native American Herbology. With this background as her base, Maria received
her formal yoga certifications from Ananda Yoga, Mount Madonna Ashtanga Yoga, Mukunda Stile’s Structural Yoga Therapy, and LePage’s Integrative Yoga Therapy. She uses her training and experience in the concepts of yoga combined with the structural aspects of the body, and it’s subtle emotional held patterning to work with clients from a functional perspective. Maria has also studied richly in the field of Ayurveda with her main teachers being Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. Robert Svoboda, Dr. Sareeta Shresta, Dr. Carl Rogue & Dr. Paul Dugliss. She has combined the Yoga and Ayurvedic teachings into her private Yoga & Ayurvedic Therapeutics consultation practice; a seasonal Worldwide Ayurvedic cleanse, and a formal school, called Functional Yoga Therapy. In addition, Maria holds Faculty positions with Integrative Yoga Therapy, Inner Peace Yoga Therapy, and LifeForce Yoga Therapy. Maria’s motto is: “The real yoga begins when we step off the mat.”