Important Announcement for LFYPs

Dear LFYPs,

We’ll be sending a regular newsletter soon.  Meanwhile, please read below for important announcements concerning training changes and opportunities, the new manual, LifeForce Yoga listed as “teaching influence” by IAYT and what that means for you, and coming to SYTAR & SYR in Boston.

A loving namasté,

Amy & Rose

LFYP Page Update

We have added the new manual to the LFYP portion of the website. We have made some changes this year, which include all three powerpoints in the addendum. The research and articles previously in the back of the manual can also be found here. The To download and print: (please note that there is no “www” in this link)

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Extended Learning for LFYPs

As a part of the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training in 3 Modules, the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute is launching its first online course. We are pleased to offer this portion of the training as a review to LFYPs at a reduced rate of $90, a savings of over $130. Just enter code LFYP-Module-B at the time of checkout. The course begins in April and includes four two-hour webinar sessions on Creating the Safe & Sacred Container, Pranayama & Meditation, Mantra & Mudra, Trauma, and a two-hour live phone call with Amy. The course includes transcripts and handouts of each of the four Powerpoint presentations. Again, enter code LFYP-Module-B at the time of checkout.

Level 2 LFYP Training at Yogaville

Amy CoachingThere are still a couple of spots left for the Level 2 Training in April.  Level 2 continues training in the Yogic strategies for balancing mood, with more practice teaching. The emphasis here is working one-on-one and leading workshops. Level 2 will focus on developing skill levels in assessing, teaching and working with students and clients in groups and individually to facilitate and empower them to manage their moods with yogic principles, practices, and strategies.

In this course, you will actively lead, with script in hand, what you may only have experienced in Level 1. Ancient yogic practices will be considered in the light of current research in the field of yoga and mental health. There will be many opportunities to practice, in small groups and one-on-one, the many yogic strategies covered in both the Level 1 and 2 Trainings.

CenteringEach day begins with a deep LifeForce Yoga Practice led by Amy or Rose. We will have two daytime sessions and some evenings, where each practitioner will share her or his use of LifeForce Yoga strategies in their work. You will dive more deeply into the techniques from Level 1 with a new manual that includes scripts for practices and processes – including Yoga Nidra, Therapeutic Long Holding and Say Yes to Yourself. Practitioners will experience one-on-one coaching from Amy and Rose. LFYP-2s will leave feeling empowered in their work with others and a many more tools at their disposal.

Your own personal practice will deepen. Each practitioner will walk away with a greater sense of connection, to Self, as well as to the sangha of LifeForce Yoga Practitioners. We hope that you will join us in May!

LFYP – 2 Forms for Mentoring

To take the Level 2 training, you will need to have completed 2 of your 3 mentoring sessions, however it is strongly recommended that you have completed all 3. Forms for mentoring sessions can be found here:
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IAYT Lists LifeForce Yoga as “Teaching Influence”

LifeForce Yoga is being being added to the main list of “teaching influences” in the members’ profile section of the International Association of Yoga Therapists website early this week and we need your support. Here’s what we need you to do: When you fill out your profile on the site, it’s very important to indicate that you are a LifeForce Yoga Practitioner and that LifeForce Yoga is a primary or secondary teaching influence. If you’re already a member, would you please go in and edit your profile to reflect this addition? Whether you’re a health professional or yoga professional, I encourage LFYPs to join IAYT, as the Association supports professional education, research, practice and policy issues for Yoga therapy.  The yearly journal and quarterly newsletter are the most important publications in our field and the conferences are stimulating and inspiring. www,iayt,org

SYTAR 2013, The Front Line of Yoga Therapy

SYR (Symposium on Yoga Research) June 11-13, 2013, SYTAR (Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research) June 13 – 16 at the Boston Marriott Newton

I will be attending both conferences and speaking and teaching at SYTAR.  I hope that several other LifeForce Yoga Practitioners will have their proposals accepted for the CIC panels, and Research posters.  The deadline is Feb 20th.

Register early and take advantage of the discount of $100 on early registration. IAYT members are entitled to an additional $100 discount on registration. SYR, the Symposium on Yoga Research, is June 11-13, just before SYTAR. If enough of us register as LifeForce Yoga Practitioners, the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute will receive a bonus that we will use to establish a scholarship fund to assist LFYPs with financial need in taking Level 2.  The SYR and SYTAR early bird registration rate is in effect until: April 12, 2013

If you are not yet a member of IAYT, sign up here: Again, when filling out your profile, please select LifeForce Yoga as your primary or secondary teaching influence.other and write in LifeForce Yoga as your main style.

LifeForce Yoga is a sponsor of both conferences. And we would love to see as many of you there as possible!  LFY will have a table with brochures and mailing list and a display of products at the conference. Kat Larsen will be managing the LFY exhibition space, and would love to have your assistance! If you live in the area or might be attending from elsewhere you can set yourself up at the LFY table for an hour or more. You would be answering questions and generally representing LFY, but also talking to people about what you do. Your business cards/brochures would be displayed prominently. This is a wonderful opportunity for networking with others about your LFY Practicioner offerings! Amy will be at the table when not teaching or in session.If you’d be interested in assisting at the LFY table email Kat at with your contact and availability info.  You don’t have to be attending the conference to work at the table, but we hope you will. Hope to see you there!

About the Author

Amy Weintraub

Amy Weintraub E-RYT 500, MFA, YACEP, C-IAYT, founded the LifeForce Yoga® Healing Institute, which trains yoga and health professionals internationally, and is the author of Yoga for Depression and Yoga Skills for Therapists. The LifeForce Yoga protocol is used by health care providers worldwide. She is involved in ongoing research on the effects of yoga on mood.

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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
“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.
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“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 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 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 gained perspective of who I am in the world and this will change my life significantly.” — Mary Ford, artist, Southport, CT
“Words do not do justice to all that I learned. This workshop changed my life!” — Jen Nolan, Teacher, Cortland, NY
“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
“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
“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 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 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 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
“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 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.
“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
“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.
“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 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
“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
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