LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Level 1 Certification

1. Preparation for Level 1 Training or Module A

  • LifeForce Yoga to Manage Your Mood weekend workshop, or equivalent program (not required for Module A)
  • Read Yoga for Depression by Amy Weintraub
  • Practice with any LifeForce Yoga Class with Rose, found in the store (suggested practice of 30 days)
  • Practice with any of the technique videos on our YouTube Channel (suggested practice of 30 days)
  • If you are unable to complete a weekend workshop, the LifeForce Yoga Home Study is suggested (Home Study required for Module A)

2. Completion of Level 1 Training OR Module A & B

See Registration page for dates
Module B: Online Learning

3. Mentoring

To receive a LifeForce Yoga Practitioner – Level 1 Certification, after completing the 7-day residency or the modular LFYP training, applicants will need to complete 3 mentoring sessions with a LifeForce Yoga Mentor. The mentoring process is meant to support applicants in integrating LifeForce Yoga practices. Sessions are supportive and inspiring. Note: Mentoring is a part of the Modular LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training.

You will be integrating LifeForce Yoga into your practice (personal and professional), working with individuals and/or groups and receiving an empowering form of supervision. Scheduled at your and your mentor’s convenience.

  • Select a mentor. All mentors are available for a 30 minute free consultation/interview.
  • 3 session plans sent to your mentor by email (may be classes, workshops, or individual sessions – a variety is recommended, if possible).
  • 3 self-mentoring reports sent to your mentor by email.
  • 3 live mentoring sessions (in person or by phone). Sessions are 1.5 hours long.
  • As a part of your mentoring, you are responsible for demonstrating competency in five areas. You will be asked to demonstrate these techniques as a part of your mentoring sessions:
    1. Cueing to direct sensation
    2. Meeting the Mood
    3. Stair Step Breathing
    4. Bhavana
    5. Use of sound
  • Cost: $589

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4. Self-Directed 40-Day Challenge

The 40-day challenge is designed to encourage your practice after you leave the training and to support you in your transition home. Practicing daily, even if your practice is brief, will clear your inner space and will also bolster your confidence in offering the LFY skills to those you serve.

This challenge is meant to support the applicant in understanding and incorporating the LifeForce Yoga techniques into home practice. As LFYPs, it is important to have practiced the techniques prior to sharing them with clients and students. You may wish to use a LifeForce Yoga product as support for your challenge or you may cultivate a home practice with the support of your mentor. The challenge is self-directed and self-reported on the following form and accounts for 50 non-contact hours.  If you are doing a shorter practice, then it may take you a little longer to fulfill the required 50 hours of practice.

Self Directed Home Practice

5. Application & Evaluation

Application and evaluation are given to participants upon completion of mentoring and the 40-day challenge and must be returned for certification. Participants will be awarded the designation of LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Level One and listed on the practitioners page.

Completion of the above requirements awards the designation of “LifeForce Yoga Practitioner — Level 1” and a total of 115 CEUs (Yoga Alliance)

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What People Say

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