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LifeForce Yoga® Practitioner Training For Mood Management – Level 1

January 21, 2018 - January 28, 2018

Desert Redemptorist Renewal Center, 7101 West Picture Rocks Road
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.

morning-meditation-practiceYou will learn:

  • 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.

Practicing Yoga Nidra in pairs
Practicing Yoga Nidra in pairs


Rose Kress,ERYT-500, LFYP-2, Director of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute

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.

Amy Weintraub, MFA, E-RYT500

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.

Therapist on Staff:

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.

Guest Faculty:

Maria Mendola, MA, RN, ERYT-500

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.”


January 21, 2018
January 28, 2018


Desert Redemptorist Renewal Center
7101 West Picture Rocks Road
Tucson, AZ 85743 United States
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What People Say

“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 absolutely love this stuff! I have been using it with my clients and I am just finding it to be so incredibly helpful. There seriously something for everything. Although I am not as skilled as I hope to be someday, even at my level of training I’m finding that I am beginning to figure out what to do. It just blows my mind! - Christine Brudnicki, MS, LPC
“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
“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
“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
“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.
“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 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
“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 gained tools for working with my own depression and with my clients’ depressions.” — Robert Sgona, LCSW, RYT, psychotherapist, Yoga teacher, Camden, ME.
“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 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 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 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
“I gained perspective of who I am in the world and this will change my life significantly.” — Mary Ford, artist, Southport, CT
“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.
“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
“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 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
“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
“Words do not do justice to all that I learned. This workshop changed my life!” — Jen Nolan, Teacher, Cortland, NY
“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 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
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