Issue 29

Early Fall/2010

LifeForce Yoga

When Yoga International asked me to write about “Breath of Joy” for the upcoming winter issue, it brought back memories of a wonderful Kripalu Yogini named Lila Ostermann who died this year at ninety-two. She introduced this breath in the the early 70’s, and it remains a staple, mood-elevating Kripalu Yoga warm-up today, as well as one of the many mood-boosters in the LifeForce Yoga repetoire of practices. Brahmanand Don Stapleton, a senior Kripalu teacher trainer and founder of Nosara Yoga, says he still includes it in every training because “it produces both a euphoric release of pent up nervous tension and a calm clarity for focus and rejuvenation.” I loved seeing the softened faces and bright eyes of the 50+ mental health professionals after they practiced Breath of Joy outside, during the LifeForce Yoga workshop at the Cape Cod Institute in August.

Amy Leading Tree Pose at the Cape Cod Institute

As the weather begins to change and sunlight is waning, you might ask yourself how you can infuse joy into your day. Let breathing practices like “Breath of Joy” unclutter the space within, leaving more room to breathe in whatever you wish to enhance in your life. Early-bird prices are about to expire for retreats in Tucson, at Yogaville in Virginia, and at Generations Yoga in the Chicago area, so It’s not too soon to offer yourself a weekend of heart-opening, space-clearing practices, inviting more joy and clarity into your life. Please read on for research, reviews and the fall schedule.

A warm namaste, Amy

Research: Two Yoga Studies with Mood Implications

Yogini Marcia Miller, owner of Yoga on High in Columbus, Ohio, reports that a current study at the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research in the Ohio State College of Medicine is examining the effects of yoga in breast cancer survivors. This is a study about how yoga affects fatigue, immune function, and mood in women who have recently been treated for breast cancer.

Stress researchers Janice Kiecolt-Glaser and Ronald Glaser of Ohio State University are the lead investigators for this study, their second on the benefits of yoga. The first one was published in January in The Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine and was presented this month to the American Psychological Association. The study demonstrates that regular yoga practice reduces levels of circulating inflammatory markers, a known risk factor in cardio-vascular disease, asthhma, and depression. The fifty participanpants in the study were divided in to two groups–one of yoga novices who had practiced not more than six to twelve times (so that they would not experience the stress of learning new poses) and a group of yoga “experts,” who had been practicing for a minimum of 2 years. Both groups, as well as two control groups (one on a treadmill and the other who watched a video), were subjected to the same three stressful events prior to their designated activity. The researchers examined the blood samples for key markers of inflammation, one of which is a protein called IL-6. Across all the tasks and other experimental scenarios, the “novices” IL-6 levels were 41 percent higher than the “experts.”

The lead investigators for the inflammation study are now turning their attention to the effects of yoga on women following cancer treatment in one of the largest yoga and cancer studies to date.

According to Marcia Miller, who designed the yoga protocol, the women are given 12 weeks of twice-weekly classes with sequences designed to maximize circulation to the upper chest and armpit area, and to improve overall immunity with simple inversions and relaxing restorative poses. “I have been so inspired to work with these women,” says Marcia. “In the three months we have had together they have a renewed confidence in their bodies and their abilities to make good choices for themselves based on their needs of the moment. They have hope for their futures as they stay focused in the now.”

For a detailed study description please visit the following website,

Research: Yoga outshines Walking for Mood

Researchers at Boston University compared study participants who walked three times a week for exercise to a group assigned to three weekly Yoga classes over a period of twelve weeks. The results were reported to the American Psychological Association in August. Magnetic resonance spectroscopic (MRS) imaging of the brain measured GABA levels before and after to compare the two groups. GABA is a neurotransmitter associated with mood. Low levels can be an indicator of both depression and anxiety. When they work, antidepressants like the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) can contribute to an increase in the GABA levels of the brain. As reported by Chris C. Streeter, lead researcher and associate professor of psychiatry and neurology at Boston University School of Medicine, GABA levels were significantly elevated in the Yoga practitioners.

In addition to the biochemical marker, there were more mood improvements in the Yoga group on standard psycho-social measurements. The Yoga group reported feeling better.

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Be the Welcoming!

Early-bird Deadline is Sept 15th

Be the Welcoming!

A LifeForce Yoga Thanksgiving Retreat

November 26th – 29th, 2010

How can we welcome and respond to all that life brings with a peaceful mind and a grateful heart? Our Yogic practices help us clear away the reactive patterns that constrict the body-mind and block the heart so that true thanksgiving can arise, no matter the circumstances. Become the agent of your own healing, as you learn to strip away the obstacles that keep you from knowing the joy that is your birthright through the mood managing techniques of LifeForce Yoga®. CEUs for Yoga Teachers.

Calendar Highlights

Internal Family Systems Annual Conference

Chicago, IL (Oct 22 – 24, 2010)

Internal Family Systems Annual Conference


Amy will be leading morning Yoga sessions and afternoon meditation during the conference.

Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville

Buckingham, VA (Oct 29 – 31, 2010)

LifeForce Yoga to Manage Your Mood


Join Amy for a weekend workshop where you will learn yogic techniques to manage your changing mood states.

Generations Yoga Center

Chicago, IL (Nov 5 – 9, 2010)

LifeForce Yoga to Manage Your Mood


Let Amy lead you through a practice that interweaves the power of an ancient discipline with current scientific findings to help you release what’s no longer serving you – without a story attached!

Kripalu Center

Lenox, MA (Nov 12 – 14, 2010)

LifeForce Yoga to Manage to Manage Your Mood


You will learn an evidence-based practice that includes breathing exercises, easy postures, guided meditations, and other experiential yogic tools for managing your mood.

Redemptorist Renewal Center

Tucson, AZ (Nov 26 – 29, 2010)

Be the Welcoming! A LifeForce Yoga Thanksgiving Retreat


Our Yogic practices help us clear away the reactive patterns that constrict the body-mind and block the heart so that true thanksgiving can arise, no matter the circumstances.

for Amy’s complete calendar of events:

Let My Words Be Your Words: A New Meditation by Francoise Adan M.D.

Review By Rose Kress

This new CD by LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Francoise Adan M.D. is a good meditation tool for any level of practitioner, but is especially useful to beginners. The CD has seven tracks; each is a stand alone practice, ranging from four minutes to ten minutes, with unobtrusive music in the background. Dr. Adan gives simple, easy to understand directions. She gives the meditator permission to take the posture that is most comfortable, yet she encourages the exploration of meditation in different positions. Dr. Adan’s language speaks to the depth of her own practice of LifeForce Yoga as well as her study with Amy Weintraub.

The CD begins with a Calming Meditation. In this practice Dr. Adan guides the practitioner in a breath awareness, inviting the practitioner to “let the universe do CPR on you.” She assures the student that this practice can only be done right.

Track two is a Healing Meditation. In this practice, she invites the student to envision a healing light and to bring this light into the body. She begins with the head and works her way through, paying close attention to certain portions of the body and/or organs. At each point, she offers an empowering affirmation. For instance, Dr. Adan brings the attention to the base of the spine and says, “we bend and adapt to change; we stay the course and live with purpose.”

The next practice is a guided visualization in which students are invited to Meet Your Inner Wisdom. Dr. Adan guides meditators across a bridge to a sacred island – she gives gentle suggestions of possible imagery without intruding on personal experience. The purpose of this meditation is to connect with your inner wisdom and to learn the difference between your inner critic and your inner voice.

The next two tracks are a candle gazing meditation and a tense and release practice. The Flame Meditation, as she calls it, is short but skillfully led and perfect if you only have a few minutes. The Tension Release and Body Awareness is longer, but a very soothing practice that leaves one feeling relaxed and at ease. This can be an excellent track for relaxation at the end of your Yoga practice.

The practice that follows is a Compassion Meditation, that some might know as karuna or metta meditation. Dr. Adan prefaces the practice with the invitation to “be the change we want to see in the world.” Students are directed to send compassion to themselves first and then extend that compassion to an ever growing circle of individuals.

The CD concludes with the track Pebbles. This is another guided visualization. Again Dr. Adan leaves plenty of space for practitioners to find their own images, but gives enough direction to create a sense of continuity. In this practice, the meditator is guided to the edge of a lake and is directed to toss a pebble into the center. The pebbles are given names like, Peace, Gratitude, Love and Joy. After throwing the pebble, she invites the student to watch the ripples “traveling to you and through you,” with an invitation to notice where it is felt in the body.

Dr. Adan skillfully presents a menu of practices that is appropriate for any level of experiences. Each meditation will leave you feeling calm and relaxed. Although she does not say it, each practice is an excellent doorway into a deeper meditative experience.

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

“Amy Weintraub's talent as a yoga instructor is surpassed only by her ability to inspire compassion and depth in each of her student's practice.” — LuAnn Haley, attorney, Tucson, AZ
“It is not just Amy’s yoga classes that have added richness to my life as both a yoga student and a yoga therapist, it is more importantly how she integrates and exudes yoga into her daily life that is inspirational for me.  While I have been the beneficiary of her thoughtful, well constructed and emotionally well tuned yoga classes, I have also received her wit and wisdom through informal, "off-the-mat" interaction as well.  In both cases, I have been able to tune into myself at a deeper level and feel more successful in my practice as a result of her care-full teaching and living.” — JJ (Jesse) Lee, owner, Body & Soul Fitness Training, Reno, Nevada
“Weintraub has written…a sensitive, intelligent, painstaking exploration of the deeper psychospiritual issues that make up the complex experience of depression.” — Phil Catalfo, Yoga Journal
“Heal yourself with Yoga For Depression. I absolutely love this book and highly recommend it.” — Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. Author of Meditation as Medicine
“In this book, Amy Weintraub directly addresses the core of depression: the problem of Being itself, in the finest tradition of Yoga. Yoga for Depression is an astonishingly comprehensive guide to the art and science of Yoga. Herein lies a Yogic blueprint for how to be a human being, written by a compassionate and generous teacher.” — Stephen Cope, author of Yoga and the Quest for the True Self and The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker’s Guide to Extraordinary Living. Director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living
“I gained tools for working with my own depression and with my clients’ depressions.” — Robert Sgona, LCSW, RYT, psychotherapist, Yoga teacher, Camden, ME.
“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 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 realized how to go deeper into myself and find what is blocking me. I now can focus and clear my mind. Keep Amy! She is fantastic. She enabled me to release and find where I need to go.” — Kathy Myers, homemaker, State College, PA.
“As a ‘regular’ in Amy’s 7 AM Mon/Wed/Fri. yoga class, I felt a strong attachment to Amy and her Yoga practice.  I have been with her for 2 1/2 years and I am 82 years old.  A few months back I had the flu and missed two classes; she came to my house to check on me.  I could not believe she did this with her busy schedule.  This is a testimonial to her caring for the individual.  Amy is very special to me and keeps me going.” — D.W., retired nurse, Tucson, AZ
“Amy Weintraub shows how to use yoga as a resource for psychological healing and personal growth. Her methods are grounded in ancient wisdom, informed by modern science, and eminently practical for reducing anxiety, lifting mood, and improving self-regulation. She is a master teacher, and her skills and heart are woven throughout this new classic for therapists, clients, and anyone interested in inner strength and peace.” — Rick Hanson, Ph.D. author of Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
“I gained perspective of who I am in the world and this will change my life significantly.” — Mary Ford, artist, Southport, CT
“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
“In my private sessions with Amy, I learn, expand and heal, and I leave more vivid in every way. I rely on some of the exercises she teaches, throughout the day, to reenergize and rebalance.” — L.D., writer, 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.
“I had been on antidepressant medication for three years and had just been diagnosed with fibro myalgia when I began to work with Amy. She designed a sequence of postures and breathing exercises for me that I could practice at home. After four months, I was feeling much better, and after six months, I was able to stop antidepressants entirely. I still have low moods from time to time, but I know they will pass. Yoga has changed my life.” — C.L., 37, massage therapist, Sarasota, FL.
“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.
“Amy’s teaching is enthusiastic and loving.  She guides me gently, harmoniously and confidently to a mindful state and encourages me to find my own strengths and edges.  With well-chosen language and carefully executed examples, she reminds me of my own inner healing knowledge.” — Penelope Simmons, artist, founder of Odyssey Storytelling, Tucson, AZ
“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
“With a specific emphasis on managing mood, Amy’s book delivers dynamic insights and yoga-based practices that she has refined over decades of first-hand experience working with clients, students, and therapists, that relax, focus, and reduce the symptoms and causes of anxiety, depression, and stress, as well as prepare the mind and body for the integrative work of psychotherapy.” — Richard Miller, Ph.D., author, Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga, President, Integrative Restoration Institute.
“I have tried a number of antidepressants and therapy to treat my chronic depression. When I began working privately with Amy, something shifted, and I saw that I could live from a place bigger and brighter than my depression. At first, I just felt better for a few hours after our work together. But after several months, I am feeling that those positive feelings — more energy, more optimistic, more flexible — are taking me through the days in between our sessions.” — KW, technical writer, Tucson, 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 am indebted to Amy's Yoga instruction for teaching the part of me that had trouble letting go. My wife died almost two years ago, and I am now free of grief and other destructive thought-patterns. Since practicing Yoga with Amy, my meditation practice has gone to new dimensions.” — John deCoville, systems analyst, Tucson, AZ
“The pieces I wrote in Amy’s workshop are the best I’ve done. She brought out my confidence in myself and the best in my writing.” — Amy Wray, Iowa City, Iowa
“In this well-written and well-researched book Amy Weintraub provides therapists with simple, easy-to-apply but powerful, breathing, meditation, and hand gesture techniques that do not require a mat or body postures. Therapists can easily incorporate these techniques into their practices without otherwise having to change what they do, and clients can use them on their own. Thank you Amy for giving us access to this ancient healing wisdom.” — Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D., developer, Internal Family Systems Therapy, author, Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model
“I typically live in a state of future hope and past fear, both totally about stress. When I practice yoga, my life begins again. I look out of new eyes that are a lot more about life and self-esteem. Amy is the best yoga teacher I have had.” — Jaqui Gee, massage therapist, Tucson, AZ
“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
“Amy is extensively trained in many schools of Yoga. This allows her to provide a wide variety of information from which the student can choose. Amy knows that what benefits a student is a unique ‘recipe.’ She is a loving and kind teacher. As a colleague, I love to attend her classes!” — K.H., Yoga Teacher, Tucson, AZ
“Amy has a wonderful, powerful presence. Her energy radiated to the entire group. I feel better able to be who I am and to be compassionate toward myself in a new, loving, way.” — Suzanne Phelps-Weir, editor, Boston, MA
“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
“Suffering from depression and chronic fatigue syndrome, I've tried medications, supplements, and many forms of traditional and nontraditional therapies without beneficial effects. While taking yoga classes with Amy at Kripalu, I noticed a definite shift in my consciousness, a reduction in stress, and an improvement in my well-being. Amy's classes have helped me to love and appreciate myself. Amy is an outstanding yoga teacher and in dealing with the fatigue and depression I experience, participation in her classes has been a real gift to my yoga practice and me.” — E. M., teacher, Lenox, MA
“In the compassionate voice of someone who definitely knows the territory of depression, Amy Weintraub presents Yoga science and personal stories, research results and poetry, and practice instructions that are genuinely interesting in this very readable book that is both comprehensive and totally inspiring.” — Sylvia Boorstein, author of That’s Funny You Don’t Look Like a Buddhist and It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness
“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
“Research now validates what yoga adepts have claimed for thousands of years: Yoga practices profoundly affect our state of heart and mind! Drawing on her wisdom and notable expertise, Amy Weintraub guides us in bringing this ancient science of healing into clinical settings. Yoga Skills for Therapists is both practical and inspiring; it will allow you to offer the precious gifts of yoga to your clients and deepen the roots of your own practice as well.” — Tara Brach, Ph.D., author of Radical Acceptance (Bantam, 2003.)
“Amy was just what I needed. Her values & thoughts & way of speaking stirred deep “hidden pockets” that need to be cleaned out. I’m glad I came. I know it will change my life.” — Sue Carlson, seamstress, Ayer, MA
“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
“As a Yoga teacher, Amy Weintraub’s most outstanding quality is her kindness. I have seen her work often with very challenging students and always maintain her attitude of patience and compassion. She provides a safe and enriching class.” — Tom Beall, RYT 500, Yoga teacher, Tucson, AZ
“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
“As a teacher of yoga, Amy Weintraub has continually reinforced my longtime belief in the strong connection of mind-body-spirit. For the past three years, I have benefited, both personally and professionally (I am a clinical social worker), from Amy's supportive and competent guidance in yoga. Because of Amy's influence, I often recommend the practice of yoga to friends and clients.” — Dory Martin, CISW, Tucson, AZ
“A psychotherapist might spend many years studying yoga and still not achieve anything near this elegant, practical, powerful integration. The instruction — while emerging from a 4000-year-oldtradition some consider esoteric — is immediately useful for treating abroad range of mental health disorders, even for therapists with no other background in yoga. As a bonus, the book seamlessly weaves in indispensable related tools, such as imagery, self-suggestion, and mindfulness meditation. It is a fabulous resource.” — Donna Eden & David Feinstein, Ph.D., Co-authors, Energy Medicine and The Promise of Energy Psychology
“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
“Words do not do justice to all that I learned. This workshop changed my life!” — Jen Nolan, Teacher, Cortland, NY
“Amy’s gentle and caring presence blends beautifully with her skillful Yoga teaching talents.  I have enjoyed attending Amy’s unique class offerings for the past 4 years now.  As a practitioner and teacher of Yoga, I find that her style of teaching creates a safe place for me to deepen my own Yoga practice, free from the competitive "striving" attitudes found all too often in Yoga classes.  I have appreciated Amy’s strong focus on acceptance and presence and always leave her classes feeling happier, lighter and more centered in my true self.” — Janine Walter, Oriental Bodywork Therapist and Teacher, 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 experience in Amy’s classes for the past four years has been uplifting and powerful. I have found that the techniques she shares are powerfully effective for dispelling the dark clouds of negativity and hopelessness. But more than that, Amy brings us the ability to easily access the inner world where healing and self-understanding reside.” — Cynthia Athina Kemp Scherer, author, The Alchemy of the Desert and The Art and Technique of Using Flower Essences, Tucson, AZ
“I had the pleasure of experiencing several private yoga sessions with Amy Weintraub, which were for me the most profoundly healing yoga experiences I’ve had.  Amy has the gift of not only being very skillful in helping me feel supported and "held" in yoga postures physically, but, also, the ability to use words to bring me more deeply into my own inner experience. I found myself releasing emotions that had been held in my body for a long time.  After the sessions, I had the experience of being much more at home within myself and much more present to my own inner experience. This was particularly important for me since I am a body-centered therapist who specializes in helping people get in touch with emotions held in the unconscious. Amy’s work is very important in a world where so little attention is given to one’s own inner experience. I’m grateful for having had the opportunity to experience the power of yoga with Amy.” — L.F. 44, Rosen Method Bodyworker Practitioner, Florence, MA
“As a musician living with multiple spinal deformities, I have participated in many yoga classes lead by Amy Weintraub. I see Amy’s classes as very fluid, well-structured arrangements of poses, breathing exercises and vocalizations. Amy manages to pace her sessions and her voice at just the right tempo as to add focus and confidence to the students’ efforts. The systematic progression of movements in Amy’s classes naturally engages the student to go further and further within, tapping into the wellspring of their potential.” — Léo Gosseli, musician, Prescott, AZ
“This is a book about integrating the mind and the body, about using movement to mend oneself; in a world obsessed with psychopharmacology, reading it was a refreshing reminder that, in some cases, the tools we have to cure depression reside not in a pill, but in our own bodies, if we are willing to try.” — Lauren Slater, author of Prozac Diary and Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir
“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
“Amy is a beautiful gift in my life! Her yoga offers a powerful blend of the practical and mystical. She has developed yogic solutions to many chronic health problems, and to many of the ways we habitually get stuck in our bodies and minds. Amy's yoga keeps me grounded and healthy, like the earth under my feet.” — Mary Driscoll, freelance writer and Ph.D., Southwest Institute for Research on Women, University of Arizona
“Yoga Skills for Therapists brilliantly opens a door to the physical and spiritual layers of a client - one that therapists and counselors have been waiting to walk through. Its chapters unfold a unique and inspiring blend of ancient traditions and contemporary concerns. From a place of genuine respect, integrity and intention, Amy offers easily applied foundational yogic practices to enrich the therapeutic experience for both client and practitioner.” – Elissa Cobb, MA. Director of Programs, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy
“Amy helped me find powerful personal images that fit perfectly into my short stories, and she helped me find a process to release my inner voice.” — Mark Heasley, Troy, Michigan
“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
“Amy is a wonderful instructor. She is a vital and vibrant person and she kept the program flowing. Her voice was very soothing and nurturing and she created an open, safe and sacred space.” — Mary Lou Tillinger, massage therapist/rural carrier, Plainfield, CT
“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.
“Amy is a treasure. Through her gentle and affirming teaching style, she helped me establish a yoga practice that has become a most satisfying and grounding aspect of my life. I was surprised by the depth of the experience and the enduring nature of the changes I enjoy through this practice.” — CA, journalist, videographer, Tucson, AZ
“Amy offers many guidelines and solutions through yoga, to both those who suffer from depression and to yoga teachers working with them.” — Angela Farmer, internationally known master Yoga teacher
“I’ve worked with Amy’s Yogic sets for the last two years and they have literally transformed my emotional state. Amy takes me, step-by-step, through postures and breathing exercises that straighten out my emotional tangles. Practicing Yoga has positively affected my whole world.” — S.S., retired computer engineer, Cambridge, MA
“Amy’s 7 AM yoga class was a journey from darkness to light.  On each morning of practice the route is different.  She embodies the compassion that she writes about so well.” — JS, 48, biologist and writer, Tucson, 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.
“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.
“Amy Weintraub’s work is some of the most important in our world today for helping humanity understand more deeply the significance of the mind-body connection. Her insights are inspirational for yoga teachers and all readers. Her in-depth understanding of her subject is an important basis for personal, as well as societal transformation.” — Rama Jyoti Vernon, Founder, American Yoga College, co-founder Yoga Journal
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