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Yoga for Mood Management – LifeForce Yoga Training Level 1
July 8 - July 15
Stockbridge, MA 01266 United States
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
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.
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.