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Yoga for Mood Management: LifeForce Yoga® Practitioner Training, Part A – Experiential
March 29 - April 2
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/retreat. 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.
This Experiential is offered in a yoga retreat ashram setting on a beautiful beach, where you may attend daily early morning and evening satsang with the ashram residents that includes meditation and chanting. One satsang per day is required, both are recommended. This program has extended hours.
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)
- 35 for Social Workers
- 37 for Yoga Teachers
Amy is the author of Yoga for Depression (Broadway Books, 2004) and 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 twenty years. She offers the LifeForce Yoga® Practitioner Training for Depression and Anxiety to health and yoga professionals 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 and is featured on the LifeForce Yoga® CD Series and the first DVD home Yoga practice series for mood management, the award-winning LifeForce Yoga® to Beat the Blues, Level 1 & Level 2. She is an invited speaker at conferences internationally and is involved in ongoing research on the effects of yoga on mood. She edits a bi-monthly newsletter that includes current research, news and media reviews on Yoga and mental health.
Rose Kress, ERYT-500, LFYP-2, LFY Educator, Mentor, Director of the LifeForce Yoga® Healing Institute
Rose began practicing yoga in 1994 and teaching since 2004. In that time she has focused on the therapeutic aspects of yoga – for the body, mind and soul. Rose teaches classes and workshops throughout the Tucson area and has been blessed to teach at The Crossings in Austin, TX, at Yogaville in VA, at Kripalu in Lenox, MA, and Sivananda Ashram in The Bahamas with the LifeForce Yoga® Practitioner Training Program. She has also presented at a number of Yoga Festivals in Arizona. Rose integrates LifeForce Yoga® techniques into therapeutic yoga for back pain, cancer, pulmonary disease, structural wellness, and yoga therapy. She studies with Rama Jyoti Vernon and has taken the Functional Yoga Therapy Training with Maria KaliMa. Rose is the Program Manager of the LifeForce Yoga® Healing Institute and travels with Amy to assist her in LifeForce Yoga® Practitioner Trainings. She is a lead trainer in the Sol Center’s Yoga Training Program. Rose is also the author of 2 CDs, Mantra Chanting with Rose and Pathways to Relaxation.
Therapist on Staff: Kathryn C. ShaferPh.D., LCSW, ACSW, CAP, E-500RYT, CPT, LFYP-2
Dr. Kathy is a licensed psychotherapist, author, educator, consultant, and certified yoga teacher (LifeForce Yoga® Practitioner, 500RYT), certified play therapist, and certified addiction professional. For 30 years in her private practice, her clinical work and research has focused on the diverse and special needs all age groups impacted by the addictions, trauma, mood disorders, pain management, parenting, and relationships. Her career has won her the reputation of solid scholarship and as the “go to” therapist/consultant. Dr. Kathy is internationally renowned as a dynamic speaker and conference presenter. As a LifeForce Yoga® Practitioner, Dr. Kathy incorporates the use of sound (mantra), movement (asana), imagery (bhavana), and intention (sankalpa) to assist clients in mood management and daily self-care. Controlling allergies, chronic asthma, ACOA issues, and herself a trauma survivor, her daily practice of LifeForce Yoga® helps Dr. Kathy remain resilient and strong in her own life, while attending to the needs of those who seek her services.
Beth Toomey, CSW, LFYP-1
A licensed, social work professional with 16 years of direct experience in the demanding fields of addiction, mental health and child welfare. Owner of Toomey Counselling & Consulting, I’m deeply committed to the provision of evidence-informed clinical practice and lifelong learning. I actively seek to enhance my clinical and therapeutic skills through ongoing training and supervision. My approach to clinical treatment integrates modalities of both Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and EMDR Therapy. Therapeutic yoga principles may also be incorporated to support holistic healing and optimal well-being in relation to symptom management and skill development. A committment to principles of social justice and cross-cultural competency informs my work and supports service delivery that is skilled, effective, and culturally aware.
Sivananda Ashram Schedule: 36 Program Hours Required for Part A Certification
- Mar 28 – Apr 1: 8 – 10 am (Inauguration Puja at 8 am on the 6th); 12:00 – 3:00 pm
- Apr 2: 8 – 10 am; 12:00 – 4:00 pm (Graduation Puja at 5:15 pm)
- Satsang: 6 – 7:45 am; 8 – 10:00 pm (One a day is required, both are recommended)
- Sivananda Yoga Class 4:00 – 6:00 pm (Recommended)