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Keynote Speaker at the 2017 Integrating Yoga into Mental Health Care National Conference
July 1, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Dallas, PA 18612 United States
Join Amy in Pennsylvania when she presents the keynote address, The Love in the Room: Self Care, Other Care.
Afterwards, Amy will lead a hands-on workshop, “When Mind–Body Practices Go Wrong: How to Match Clients with the Right Methods”, where you will learn powerful practices for your self, and for those you serve.
Have you ever had clients try a mindfulness exercise that made them more anxious, or get emotionally flooded when you asked them to breathe deeply? What about clients who are quick to tell you, “I don’t like that breathing stuff!”? If you’re applying mind-body practices like pranayama breathing, meditation, mudras, or mantras in your session, it’s important to understand which practices are best suited to which conditions, such as depression, anxiety, and disassociated states, and what effects and possible abreactions these practices can evoke. You’ll learn to meet your client’s mood and how to:
- Apply appropriate breathing and meditation practices based on their presenting disposition and diagnosis
- Help clients learn breathing, toning, and gentle hand-gesture practices to self-regulate between sessions
- Incorporate simple yoga skills like adapted breathing and meditations in clinical settings, even when clients express cultural, religious, or personal resistance to practicing yoga
LifeForce Yoga® has been successfully utilized in many settings with diverse populations, demonstrating its usefulness in relieving emotional distress and dysregulation. In the process of learning Yoga practices to help clients self-regulate and increase self-compassion, you will be giving yourself the gift of self-care. Experience for yourself the transformational power of yoga and let it be the portal to healing for you, your loved ones, and for those you serve to enhance your therapeutic relationships. Return home empowered with your own practices and ready to share them with your clients.
Amy Weintraub, director 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.