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LifeForce Yoga Trauma Sensitive Training & Self-Care with Rose Kress

February 24, 2023 - February 28, 2023

Soul of Yoga, 627 Encinitas Blvd
Encinitas, CA 92024 United States

Learn a trauma sensitive LifeForce Yoga approach that includes techniques for keeping yourself balanced and centered!

Over 50% of Americans experience trauma in their lifetimes. This can include sexual and physical assault and abuse, experiencing or witnessing accidents, combat, disaster, illness, or violence. Unresolved trauma can result in a varied range of health imbalances from depression, and anxiety to addiction, to auto-immune disorders and heart disease. According to a recent report released by the CDC, a history of trauma is an indicator of increased mortality rates and mental health challenges.

This compassionate and useful training will provide an understanding of trauma and PTSD from both the Western and Eastern perspective, including PolyVagal theory and the Gunas. Learn trauma sensitive modifications of teaching language and Yoga practices that can help allow the safe release of trauma memory stored in all the Koshas (physical, energy, emotional and mental levels of existence). These practices can help trauma sufferers find relief by reconnecting with their own true and unsullied nature for sustained periods of time. From this source of reconnection, they can build resilience and increase self-regulation, diminishing triggers and flashbacks and fostering greater overall wellbeing.

During this course, we will be discussing trauma and PTSD as well as application of techniques in the morning sessions. Afternoon sessions focus on self-care mastery for practitioners, including yoga nidra and movement. In addition to a training on trauma sensitive practices, this course is trauma sensitive.

Learning Objectives:

  • Creating a safe and sacred container using LifeForce Yoga techniques for individuals with a trauma history
  • Basics of trauma from Western perspective, including polyvagal theory
  • Understanding of trauma and PTSD from the Eastern and Yogic philosophical model
  • LifeForce Yoga empowerment techniques
  • Self-regulation and self-soothing yogic practices, like breath, sound, and cultivation of attitude (pranayama, mantra, and bhavana)
  • Discuss language dos and don’ts when working with trauma and PTSD
  • LifeForce Yoga Nidra and other meditation techniques appropriate for trauma and PTSD
  • Discuss and learn appropriate self-care techniques for the practitioner
  • How to work with victims of trauma as a yoga therapist, within your scope of practice
  • Enhancing love, compassion, and presence in the treatment room

Visit www.yogafordepression.com for a list of programs, including online options.


  • Elective for 300 Hour
  • Required for Yoga Therapy Training
  • Upon completion you will be eligible to register 30 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with Yoga Alliance (YA).

Daily Schedule: 9am – 4:30pm PST with a 1.5 lunch break from 12:30-2pm

Rose Kress, author, owner/director of LifeForce Yoga is a lifelong student, of yoga, philosophy, and life. She began her formal yoga practice at 16 and deepened her commitment to yoga with Amy Weintraub in 2002 and was present for the beginning of LifeForce Yoga. Rose has overcome significant mental health hurdles as a direct result of her LifeForce Yoga practice. She has studied intensively at the feet of only a few teachers, choosing consistency over the next “big thing.” Rose’s teachers include Amy Weintraub, Maria Mendola, Rama Jyoti Vernon, Russill Paul, and Swami Brahmananda. Throughout her teaching career, Rose has focused on the therapeutic aspects of yoga, teaching at hospitals, pulmonary centers, and a chiropractor’s office. In 2017, she developed a yoga therapy protocol for veterans and active duty soldiers receiving treatment for substance abuse and PTSD at a VA Health Care Center in Tucson, AZ. In 2020, she published her first book, Awakening Your Inner Radiance with LifeForce Yoga. Rose teaches classes & workshops online and in person, as well as leading the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training. She is a native of the Southwest and lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband.


February 24, 2023
February 28, 2023


Soul of Yoga
627 Encinitas Blvd
Encinitas, CA 92024 United States
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What People Say

“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
“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.
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“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 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 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
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“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
“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 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 gained tools for working with my own depression and with my clients’ depressions.” — Robert Sgona, LCSW, RYT, psychotherapist, Yoga teacher, Camden, ME.
“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 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
“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 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.
“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
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