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Yoga for Mood Management: LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training, Part A – Experiential

May 6, 2016 - May 10, 2016

Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, 210 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Australia

This Experiential workshop is open to all with yoga experience and is Part A of a 3-Part certification course to become a LifeForce Yoga Practitioner – level 1. Learn an empowering, evidence-based Yoga protocol for self-care and to help students and clients focus, relax, and have greater access to feeling states. You will experience all aspects of LifeForce Yoga, including pranayama, kriya, asana, nada yoga (sound), bhavana (visual imagery) sankalpa (intention/affirmation), meditation, and non-dual self-inquiry.

There will also be opportunities for practicing with one and other and receiving feedback from the faculty. For those who are already LifeForce Yoga Practitioners, this can be taken as a refresher course. Yoga and health care professionals and general practitioners will learn strategies appropriate for a clinical setting that can safely release chronically held physical tension and repressed emotion.

Students of this course will:

  • Design one-on-one Yoga sessions for dysthymia (chronic depression), anxiety-based depression, PTSD, and bipolar disorder
  • Learn breathing and meditation practices for addressing dysthymia and anxiety-based depression
  • Learn how to add somatic strategies to clinical practice and Yoga classes to increase clients’ self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-esteem, and ability to cope
  • Experience techniques you can teach your clients and students to do at home
  • Practice asanas (postures), pranayama and kriyas (breathing and cleansing), mantra (chanting), bhavana (development of the mind), sankalpa (resolve and intention), mudra (hand gestures), meditation, therapeutic long holding of postures and non-dual strategies for working with negative self-talk
  • Take home tools and confidence for working with individuals suffering from depression and anxiety

Required Reading: Yoga for Depression by Amy Weintraub (Broadway Books)
Required Practice: LifeForce Yoga DVDs & CDs
Recommended Reading: Yoga Skills for Therapists (W.W. Norton)

23 Contact Hours, 13 Non-Contact Hours meet the Required 26 hours for Part A Certification.  This program is designed by Amy Weintraub and based on the practices in Yoga for Depression and Yoga Skills for Therapists.

Assistant Faculty

Kat Larsen,Kat Larsen RYT-200, LFYP-2, Mentor, Reiki Certified

Kat is a certified yoga teacher, and LifeForce Yoga Level 2 Practitioner teaching in the Lakes Region of Western Maine and continues to consult in the Greater Boston area. She is a member of Yoga Alliance, International Association of Yoga Therapists, and Iyengar Yoga National Association of US.

As a breast cancer survivor Kat has unique insight into the physical and emotional impact living with a serious illness can have on your life. Kat integrates LifeForce Yoga teachings by inviting the student/client to meet their mood in the present moment. She inspires students to listen to their bodies, move compassionately, and bring awareness to what arises. Kat incorporates LFY practices into her classes and sessions with individuals, which brings a sense of well-being and confidence to her clients/students both on and off the mat. She has worked extensively with women in recovery from addiction at Women’s Hope Program at the Shattuck Hospital in Boston. Kat has also worked with individuals healing from cancer, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s, and those living with anxiety and depression.

Kat has assisted Amy at numerous workshops and is on the faculty to assist the LifeForce Yoga Level I Practitioner training held at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. She is a graduate of the Iyengar Teacher training program (374 hours), and has completed two 200-hour Yoga teacher trainings. Kat offers private instruction, classes, and workshops in LifeForce yoga, Hatha, Vinyasa, and Alignment based yoga & healing restorative yoga practice. She has led meditation circles & classes in the vipassana  & metta (loving kindness) traditions.

Chitra Stern

Chitra is an Integral Yoga® teacher, certified to teach Integral Yoga at beginners, intermediate and advanced levels and also to teach prenatal Yoga. She has been teaching Yoga for 27 years in Australia and the USA across a wide range of settings, including group and individual classes for both adults and children, corporate classes and workshops, Yoga retreats, Yoga for pregnancy and birthing, and Yoga teacher training programs. In early 2015, Chitra also completed Lifeforce Yoga Practitioner Training levels 1 and 2. Chitra’s main focus in her teaching is to encourage students to find the practice that truly supports them and to offer the space in which participants can go deep within, allowing the body and breath be the pathway to experiencing deep inner wisdom and joy.

Venue

Queen Victoria Women’s Centre
210 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Australia
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What People Say

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