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Yoga for Mood Management – LifeForce Yoga Training Level 1

July 8, 2018 - July 15, 2018

Kripalu Center, Interlaken Road
Stockbridge, MA 01266 United States

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Days begin with self-care in the form of a dawn yoga practice with meditation, followed by a silent breakfast. Daily sessions include discussion, experiential learning, demonstrations, practice in pairs, and sharing. Enjoy afternoons walking the labyrinth, having a massage, walking down to the lake, or enjoying the camaraderie of peers. 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 anxiety, depression, and trauma,  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.

You 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, yoga teachers, and yoga therapists. More information on the LFYP Training

Practicing Yoga Nidra in pairs
Practicing Yoga Nidra in pairs


Rose Kress, ERYT-500, C-IAYT, YACEP, Director of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute

Rose is the owner and director of LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute and lead trainer in the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Trainings. She began practicing yoga in 1994 and has been teaching since 2004. Rose began working with Amy Weintraub in 2003 and in the trainings in 2005.  Focusing on the therapeutic aspects of yoga for body, mind, and soul, Rose teaches classes and workshops throughout the Tucson area and North America. She integrates LifeForce Yoga techniques into therapeutic yoga for back pain, cancer, pulmonary disease, structural wellness, and yoga therapy. Rose studies with Rama Jyoti Vernon and has taken the Functional Yoga Therapy Training with Maria KaliMa. She is also the editor of the LifeForce Yoga Research Newsletter, leads online programs for the Institute, and the author of 2 CDs, Mantra Chanting with Rose and Pathways to Relaxation.



Amy Weintraub, MFA, ERYT-500, C-IAYT, YACEP

Amy Weintraub, founder of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute and author of the bestselling Yoga for Depression (Broadway Books, 2004) and the ground-breaking 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 20 years. She trains health and yoga professionals at notable international venues 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. She is involved in ongoing research on the effects of yoga on mood, and has produced an award-winning library of evidence-based yoga and meditation CDs and DVDs for mood management. She edits a newsletter that includes current research, news and media reviews on Yoga and mental health, archived here.

Mental Health Professional on Staff:
Deborah Lubetkin,
Psy.D., LFYP-2, RYT-200, C-IAYT, LifeForce Yoga Mentoring Director

Deb is a Licensed Psychologist with a private practice in NJ for over 20 years. She became certified as a LifeForce Yoga practitioner, Level 1 in 2009, returning to complete her Level 2 certification in 2011.  Deborah was then certified in 2013 as a Kripalu Yoga Teacher.  Deborah’s private practice incorporates Eastern philosophy with the challenges of Western living to create a forum for her clients to develop an integrative plan to address a wide variety of mood-related imbalances.    In addition to integrating Psychotherapy with LifeForce Yoga in individual sessions both on and off the mat, Deborah runs groups and workshops in her community around the theme of “Balancing Mood with LifeForce Yoga.” She also teaches a weekly LifeForce Yoga class at a local studio and volunteers with a program called Yoga Connections teaching LifeForce Yoga classes in Israel for one week each year.  Integrating LifeForce Yoga and Kripalu Yoga into her life and my psychotherapy practice has created remarkable shifts in the way that she moves through a session with a client, in the way clients move through the process of therapy, and in the way Deb moves through her life.

Assisting Faculty:
Kat Larsen,
Kat LarsenERYT-200, C-IAYT, Graduate Iyengar YTT-325hours, LFYP-2

Kat has been with the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute for over ten years and mentors both yoga instructors and mental health professionals. She has been on the Assisting faculty team for the Kripalu Level I training since 2010, and has assisted numerous LifeForce Yoga workshops over the years, at Arlington Center, Cape Cod Institute, and Melbourne Australia. She loves that LifeForce Yoga practices encompass accessibility to All; that integrating the tools brings empowerment, self-regulation, and a means to meet the mood both on and off the mat.

Kat specializes in working with individuals touched by cancer and is a Certified y4c-Yoga for Cancer Instructor. She’s taught many LFY workshops at the Dempsey Center in Lewiston, ME, and presently leads a weekly Yoga for Wellness/y4c yoga class at Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine. She’s also worked with clients living with chronic pain, fatigue, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s, addiction/recovery, domestic abuse, anxiety, and depression.

Certified to teach Hatha, Vinyasa, Alignment based, Yoga Therapeutics and Restorative Yoga, Kat has over 1,000 teaching hours. She is a long-time meditator and has led meditation circles in both the Vipassana & “loving kindness” traditions. Currently, she teaches at Posabilities Yoga Studio in Norway, ME and resides in the Lakes Region with her partner, Corey. When not teaching or traveling you’ll find her hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing and spending time in nature and the mountains. Kat extends deep gratitude to her LifeForce Yoga mentors Amy Weintraub & Rose Kress.


Kripalu Center
Interlaken Road
Stockbridge, MA 01266 United States
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What People Say

“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 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
“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 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 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 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 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 gained tools for working with my own depression and with my clients’ depressions.” — Robert Sgona, LCSW, RYT, psychotherapist, Yoga teacher, Camden, ME.
“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 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
“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.
“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 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 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
“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
“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 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 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 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.
“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
“Words do not do justice to all that I learned. This workshop changed my life!” — Jen Nolan, Teacher, Cortland, NY
“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 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
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