Issue 39


Research: In-Depth Discussion Of iRest For Combat-Related PTSD

“Transforming Trauma: A Qualitative Feasibility Study of Integrative Restoration (iRest) Yoga Nidra on Combat-Related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder” L. Stankovic, MA RYT

In this qualitative study, not only does the author suggest what works in the iRest protocol developed by Richard Miller, PhD, but he also examines what modifications might enhance the effectiveness for this population of mostly Viet Nam era veterans living with PTSD. With the cooperation of a community mental health agency in the San Francisco Bay Area treating vets and the supervising psychologist, Stankovic lead an 8-week series of Integrative Restoration sessions, a protocol which was first used with active duty soldiers suffering from PTSD at Walter Reed Army Hospital in 2006. iRest is a form of yoga meditation, adapted from Swami Satyananda Saraswati’s yoga nidra. The meditative self-inquiry practice moves through ten stages that include awareness of body sensation, breath, emotions, thoughts & beliefs, and joy. The eleven completers of the initial sixteen who began the study reported “reduced rage, anxiety, and emotional reactivity and increased feelings of relaxation, peace, self-awareness and self-efficacy.” What most impressed me about this well-written study in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy is the clear explanation of Miller’s combat trauma adaptions of the protocol and the rationale behind them. This is the first time I’ve seen in print such a thorough comparison of iRest as a treatment for PTSD to other therapeutic modalities like Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Exposure Therapy. The article includes many direct quotes from participants. In a section the author calls, “Lessons Learned,” he carefully analyzes the participants’ responses and makes suggestions for future implementation of the protocol, data collection and post-study follow-up. For anyone who uses relaxation techniques, mindfulness meditation, yoga nidra or iRest with a population living with combat-related PTSD or would like to, this article may be a tremendous resource.

This study can be found in the current issue of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, #21, 2011. For more information visit

Research: Looking At Your Brain On Yoga

Richard Davidson, at the University of Wisconsin has been looking at meditating brains for several years now, and has advanced our understanding of the impact of compassion meditation and other forms of mindfulness. To my knowledge, this study will be the first to look at yoga practice itself. Researchers at LONI (Laboratory of Neuro Imaging) at the UCLA School of Medicine are studying brain plasticity. They are recuiting yoga practitioners who will undergo an intensive 4-week yoga teacher training (200 hours)*.

Yogis will be asked to complete 2 brief questionnaires (each about 5 minutes) and undergo a 20-minute MRI brain scan during their 1st visit. During their 2nd and 3rd visits, they will undergo a 20 minute brain scan only.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please email Eileen Luders, Ph.D.,

Research: Survey Article Of Yoga Benefits

For those who need to arm yourselves with evidence when dealing with those skeptical of yoga’s health benefits, be they your colleagues, clients, supervisors, or your own doctor, Catherine Woodyard’s survey article, “Exploring the therapeutic effects of yoga and its ability to increase quality of life,” in the most recent issue of the International Journal of Yoga (2011 Jul-Dec; 4(2): 49-54.) provides a spectrum of positive outcomes, culled from peer-reviewed articles published between 1990 and 2009. Results from this study show that yogic practices enhance muscular strength and body flexibility, promote and improve respiratory and cardiovascular function, promote recovery from and treatment of addiction, reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain, improve sleep patterns, and enhance overall well-being and quality of life.

This is an open access article, available on the internet at

Research: Yoga Reduces Insomnia In Post-Menopausal Women

A randomized controlled study in Brazil of the effects of yoga practice on insomnia in post-menopausal women compared yoga with two control groups, one doing passive-stretching, the other with no treatment, found that those practicing the yoga protocol for four months had significantly lower scores for climacteric (menopausal) symptoms and insomnia severity and higher scores for quality of life and resistance phase of stress. The study, which enrolled 44 women and took place at the University of Sao Paulo, will soon be published in the peer-reviewed journal Menopause.

Calendar Highlights

  • Kripalu Center
    Stockbridge, MA (February 3 – 5, 2012)
    Manage Your Mood with LifeForce Yoga: I am Bliss and So Are You!
    Let Amy guide you through self-inquiry with a menu of yoga practices that penetrate the clouds of unknowing to release whatever blocks you from remembering who you truly are.
  • Asheville Yoga Center
    Asheville, NC (February 10 – 12, 2012)
    LifeForce Yoga to Manage Your Mood
    In this inspiring workshop, you will learn and practice breathing exercises, easy postures, guided meditations, and other experiential yogic tools for managing your mood that are not often taught in regular yoga classes.
  • University of Arizona
    Tucson, AZ (March 10 – 11, 2012)
    Tucson Festival of Books
    Amy will be giving a talk alongside award-winning Tenth Door author, Michele Herbert. Michele’s spiritual memoir on the yoga path was one of Amy’s favorite books in 2010. This is a free event.
  • Omni Shoreham Hotel
    Washington, DC (March 21 – 25, 2012)
    Psychotherapy Networker
    Amy is the LifeForce Yoga facilitator for the symposium, leading morning Yoga and afternoon meditation. She will also be presenting two clinical sessions on the integration of yoga skills in psychotherapy.
  • Willow Street Yoga
    Silver Spring, MD (March 25, 2012)
    LifeForce Yoga to Manage Your Mood
    In this inspiring workshop, you will learn and practice breathing exercises, easy postures, guided meditations, and other experiential yogic tools for managing your mood that are not often taught in regular yoga classes.
  • Jai Shanti
    Atlanta, GA (March 30 – April 1, 2012)
    LifeForce Yoga to Manage Your Mood
    In this inspiring workshop, you will learn and practice breathing exercises, easy postures, guided meditations, and other experiential yogic tools for managing your mood.

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Into the Heart of Yoga: One Woman’s Journey, by Danna Faulds

Reviewed by Amy Weintraub

heartThe poet Danna Faulds begins this intriguing and carefully crafted memoir with her discovery of yoga in the early 1980’s, when she served as the law librarian for Dickinson College, hiding, even from herself, her serious eating disorder. Danna cried on her mat during that first session, releasing, if only for a few moments, the stress of her recent divorce and the driving need to control her life.

She takes us through the momentous events of her life, including her initial meeting with the kindred spirit, Richard Faulds, the law student and aspiring yogi, who was to become her husband. He became much more than that, as together they explored their desire to awaken. The keen yearning for enlightenment that had led Richard to consider life as a renunciate before they met, led them both into deeper relationship with a guru and life in an intentional community led by that guru. Danna’s journey weaves together the tale of her spiritual coming of age with the rise and fall of the Kripalu Center ashram community and its spiritual leader Amrit Desai.

The memoir gives us an unprecedented glimpse into Fauld’s personal yoga practice. The reader discovers, along with Danna, the impact of long dedication to daily practice-the deep cathartic releases, the raw vulnerabilities exposed to light, and the insights that emerge over a sustained commitment of intention and practice through even the darkest times.

If, as the nineteenth century poet Wordsworth says, “poetry is… emotion recollected in tranquility,” then Danna’s prose is emotion recollected in the flow between turbulence and tranquility. Throughout her story, which is in part Kripalu Center’s story, Danna immerses the reader in the felt sense of the memories she describes. We are there, not just in the rich and sometimes lyrical detail of her prose, but in the sharp, sometimes uncomfortable emotion that arose for her in that moment. Here is an account so brutally honest and true to the author’s perception at the time the events she describes were taking place, that we not only see Amrit Desai in a critical light, but we also see, from this reviewer’s point of view, the author’s occasional inability to recognize her own misplaced judgments of herself and others. It’s as though, as she writes, Danna today inhabits the Danna of 25 years ago, steepingin those old emotions, and parts of the book are written from that place. This weaving of perspective makes for a sometimes uncomfortable but always fascinating read. I highly recommend this spiritual journey, even if you’ve never stepped foot in Kripalu Center or taken a Kripalu class. If you are a seeker or are curious about those who are, this book is for you.

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iRest at Ease with Richard Miller

Reviewed by Rose Kress

easeThe full practice of iRest Yoga Nidra helps to strengthen one’s connection to an inner sense of well-being. Each session begins with setting yourself up so that you are comfortable – this may mean lying down, but can also include sitting or standing. Richard Miller or Kelly Boys walks you through cultivating a Heartfelt Desire, an intention for your practice and your Inner Resource. You are then guided through sensing the body, breath, feelings, emotions, beliefs and an ever present sense of awareness. Yoga Nidra leaves you feeling a deep sense of being awake to the present moment, which is a nice change from the constant reality of living in the past and fretting about the future. You will find yourself welcoming the “truth that you always know the perfect response to each circumstance of your life.”

Miller and Boys use the same script for each CD, with differences in their pacing and of course their voices. iRest states that the recording is available in both male and female voices to “better serve the different populations of men and women who are benefiting from the practice of iRest.” It is important to note that while the end result of a yoga nidra is fairly constant, the process of getting there seems to shift and change. This becomes apparent while practicing with both CDs. To this reviewer, Richard’s voice is familiar and evokes a sense of comfort due to the sheer number of times practiced with Richard and his CDs. Kelly’s voice, while new to me, brought a deep sense of familiarity because her voice is not too dissimilar to the way that I hear my own voice. In each case, I was left with sense of deep peace and inner knowing.

Richard Miller, PhD, the developer of iRest and mentor to Amy, has created this Yoga Nidra iRest resource, tailored for military service members, veterans and their families. However the practices here can be used by anyone wishing to develop “coping skills for everyday challenges and increase their sense of well-being.” iRest at Ease is actually two CDs, one recorded in a male voice (Miller’s) and one in a female voice (Boys). Each CD includes three separate iRest Practices: an 8 minute On-the-Go practice; a 20 minute Relaxing Body Scan; and a 33 minute Full iRest Practice.

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News: The Lifeforce Yoga Practitioner Training Level 1 In Tucson Approved For 58 Ceus (Nasw-Az)

January 8th – 15th, 2011

With Amy Weintraub and a faculty of yoga and mental health professionals.

There are still a few spaces left in the upcoming training.

In addition to learning an evidence-based practice for both depression and anxiety, the LifeForce Yoga® Practitioner(LFYP) will learn ancient strategies from both Tantric and Classical Yoga traditions for self-care. LFYPs learn Yogic practices supported by current research in psycho-neurobiology to help clear away the obstructions (chronic tensions, constricting beliefs, limiting emotions) that may be keeping trainees and those they serve from knowing and expressing their own authenticity and fullest potential. Learn how to create and sustain a safe container for students and clients and how to assess mood and constitution from a Yogic perspective. Throughout the training, LFYPs personally experience each exercise and have opportunities to observe their own sensations, feelings, and reactions. Trainees learn how to teach each exercise, have opportunities to practice teach with others and get feedback from the LFYP staff. Distinctions are made between those practices that may be safely led by a Yoga Teacher and those that may be suitable in a clinical setting, led by a health professional.

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News: Kula For Karma Needs Your Vote

Kula for Karma, started by LifeForce Yoga Practitioners Penni Feiner and Geri Topfer, is a finalist in the Pepsi Refresh the World Competition. They are seeking a grant from Pepsi to fund Kula programs for Children on the Austism Spectrum.

Kula for Karma is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that offers therapeutic yoga, meditation instruction and stress management support services – at no charge – to those who have been challenged by difficult circumstances, including illness, addiction and abuse.

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News: Yoga for Osteoporosis: Teaching & Practice

6-part online course with Dr. Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall

Yoga Spirit Online Trainings, November 10 – 28, but you can join anytime and receive the recordings.

These are two teachers I love. As an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Fishman has had enormous success in applying yoga in conditions where patients have come to him expecting surgery. And Ellen is a terrific teacher. So many of us and those we serve face the bone loss associated with age. that his patients After publishing their immensely popular book Yoga for Osteoporosis, Dr. Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall have been inundated with questions about how exactly to target a yoga practice to meet the needs of people with osteoporosis. In this 6-part online course, they will go deeply into their unique approach to practicing and teaching yoga for osteoporosis. They will also discuss important new developments in the field of osteoporosis prevention and treatment, and the essential things any yoga teacher should know when working with people with osteoporosis.

A preliminary study conducted by Dr. Fishman indicates that practiced in the right way, yoga can indeed help build bone mass. The work of Dr. Loren Fishman has been featured in the New York Times, CNN and The Huffington Post.

All of the sessions of this webinar are recorded, so if you register after the start of the course, you will be able to download and view all of the classes at a time that is convenient to you.

As a special gesture, Loren and Ellen are enabling us to offer a 20% discount on the course to our subscribers! Enter coupon code OSTEO20 at checkout.

For more information, see the full course description here:

  • Yoga for Osteoporosis: Teaching & Practice
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Want to learn more? Check out these two important free reports from Dr. Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall.

  • Yoga for Osteoporosis – 12 Do’s and Don’ts
  • Osteoporosis Drugs: Bad for Your Body – And Your Bones?

News: Inner Peace Yoga Therapy Training

The Inner Peace Yoga Therapy training program offers yoga teachers and health care professionals the tools needed to help individuals with health challenges manage their condition, reduce symptoms, restore balance, increase vitality, and improve attitude. Learn directly from top instructors in the fields of yoga therapy and Ayurveda, including: Marc Halpern, Nischala Joy Devi, Neil Pearson, Amy Weintraub, Maria KaliMa and more.

For dates and for more information, please visit their website,

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

“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
“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
“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
“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
“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 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
“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
“I gained perspective of who I am in the world and this will change my life significantly.” — Mary Ford, artist, Southport, CT
“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 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
“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
“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.
“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
“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
“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.
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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 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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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 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
“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
“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 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
“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.
“Words do not do justice to all that I learned. This workshop changed my life!” — Jen Nolan, Teacher, Cortland, NY
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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 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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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 gained tools for working with my own depression and with my clients’ depressions.” — Robert Sgona, LCSW, RYT, psychotherapist, Yoga teacher, Camden, ME.
“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 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.
“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.)
“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
“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
“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.
“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 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
“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
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