LFYP News Issue 19

Dearest LFYPs-

Here at LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute in Tucson, we have been hard at work with trainings, workshops, updates to manuals and new articles, and based on your correspondence and Facebook posts, you’ve been working hard too. We think of you often and hope that you are all thriving. There are a number of updates that we have to share, so please read through this message for important resources and information that can directly affect your status as a LifeForce Yoga Practitioner.  LFYP-2 and Mentor Kathy Shafer is facing a health crisis and could use our support, so please read on.

Direction of LifeForce Yoga

Amy would like to reduce her travel. It is her wish that LifeForce Yoga continues and even grows–that it’s not so much about her but about you and what you are doing in your classes, workshops, consultation rooms and on your own mat. We are working hard to share LifeForce Yoga with the world. To that end, we want to help you share LFY as much as possible. There are blog posts, research pages, Facebook posts, tweets, a new resource page, etc. After the July training, there will be even more tools to aid you. If there is something that you feel would help you share LFY with you clients, students, and community, please let Rose know, rose@yogafordepression.com.

LifeForce Yoga Resources – New Page

We have created a new LFYP page dedicated to resources for your teaching and therapy practice. http://yogafordepression.com/lfyp/lfyp-resources/
Below are just a couple of items on the page:

Thanks to the hard work of Lucy Pirner, LFYP-1 redtwigyoga@gmail.com, and Diane Steele, artist and LFY friend www.dianesteele.com, we now have posters and banners that you can use in your LifeForce Yoga practice.

Lucy Pirner created two posters that can be printed out as size 18×24 and laminated. One has the commonly used LFY mantras. The other poster has the chakra mantras and a visual of the chakras. We took these to Office Max and had them printed and laminated for a total cost of $29.04 before tax. If you choose to use Office Max, ask for “economy bond” paper.

Diane Steele has created a beautifully designed cloth banner. One side has the energizing and cooling tones and the other side has colorful mandalas for the chakras. These banners are great for hanging in your office, practice space, even bringing to classes, and workshops. If you attend a workshop with Amy in the future, you will see it on display.

LifeForce Yoga on Social Media

Social media is one of the best ways to get information out to the general public, but we need your help! After investing time and energy into a Facebook page, Facebook has changed the rules of the game. Our posts, designed to educate the public on how yoga, LFY in particular, can support them with new research and practices are no longer being seen by the people who like our page. In addition, you may be no longer be seeing posts from us or from each other on your newsfeed that art posted on our LFY Practitioners Group page. To help us help you, please visit www.facebook.com/LifeForceYoga and comment on a post and share it on your page.

Please remember that we have the LifeForce Yoga Practitioners Group on Facebook. We only have 215 members, which means that there is a 60% chance you are not in the group. You can search for it, or send a friend request to Rose (www.facebook.com/yoginirose) and she will add you to the group. If you tuned in this weekend, Ana Maria Sierra, PhD, RYT200, LFYP-2,  dr.anamsierra@gmail.com, posted many pictures of SYTAR. Kathy Shafer, PhD, RYT500, LFYP-2 and Mentor,  followed the posts and said it was almost like being there. Ana also shared many pictures from the Level 2 training with the LFYP Group.

You can also find us on Twitter, @LifeForceYoga. Blog posts are tweeted, but you can also start using #lifeforceyoga


Our own LFYP-2 Susan Tebb, PhD, worked hard on the Accreditation committee of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (here’s the link to join, if you’re not already a member: www.iayt.org) and continues to serve as the first 800-hour schools are being accredited. When you join, make sure that you list LifeForce Yoga as an influencing school.

As a Specialty School, we are proud to say that the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute is currently an elective and/or module in four 800-hour yoga therapy trainings, including the Inner Peace Yoga Therapy Training, Integrated Health Yoga Therapy, Soul of Yoga, and Integrative Yoga Therapy. Congratulations to Inner Peace Yoga Therapy and Michele Lawrence, as IPYT received its accreditation in a ceremony on Saturday night. Eventually, the IAYT accreditation committee will develop guidelines for the Specialty Schools, and we intend to be sure that LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute will be a part of that process.

Kathy Shafer

Some of you know LifeForce Yoga Mentor Kathy Shafer, Ph.D., LCSW, ACSW, CAP, ERYT-500, CPT, LFYP-2, recently had a double mastectomy and is undergoing chemotherapy now and then radiation in August. During this time, she is cutting back on her hours with clients, and her income has been reduced.  Our LFY Research Director, Susan Tebb, LSW, PhD, LFYP-2 and Amy are organizing a fundraising campaign for Kathy’s follow-up to her cancer treatment. She has spent the required 5K deductible out of her savings, and her insurance is now covering her current Western medical treatment costs. But we would like to enable her to go to Commonweal in Bolinas, CA, or to a special healing program for cancer survivors in India, to help her recover from the aggressive treatment she is undergoing now. We need to raise at least 5 K to support her healing not only from cancer but from the toxins used to treat it.
Here’s how you can help:

  1. Donate money through PayPal www.paypal.com.  Make sure it goes to kathy@drshafer.org, which will link your donation to her bank account. It is free to give a gift via PayPal. Make sure that you select the gift option when sending. If you have never given a gift through PayPal, follow these directions:
    Send to: kathy@drshafer.org
  2. If you would prefer, you can send a check to Kathy Shafer, 351 South US Highway One, Suite 100, Jupiter FL,  33477

Meanwhile continue prayers. At this point, please have questions about her care come through me (Amy) or Sue tebbsc@slu.edu, so she doesn’t have to answer a lot of mail.

Level 2 LFYP Training at Yogaville, April 13 – 20, 2015Amy Coaching

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 April!


If you took your LFYP training AFTER January 2014, you will need to complete three mentoring sessions to receive your LFYP-1 Certification. If you have not started your mentoring sessions, we highly suggest that you start as soon as possible. Mentoring is a wonderful way to deepen your confidence in using the LFY tools.

If you took your LFYP training BEFORE December 2013, you will need to complete three mentoring session to attend the Level 2 Training.

Forms for mentoring sessions can be found here: yogafordepression.com/lfyp/#mentoring-forms
Please note, you will need login and password information:
http://yogafordepression.com/lfyp/ (please note that there is no “www” in this link): please see your manual for the password

Continuing Education

With the upgrade in certification standards and the increase in referrals, we want to be sure that everyone listed on the website is current with the LFY practices and procedures. Therefore, in order to maintain your listing as an LFYP on our website:

  • Download the revised manual every year by February 15th. (It’s free) – The manual can be found here: http://yogafordepression.com/lfyp/, please see your manual for the password
  • Take 12 hours of continuing education in LifeForce Yoga by December, 2014. This is required every two years.

Options for taking your 12 hours CEs:

  • Attend a LFY program
  • Assist a LFY program
  • Take advantage of the online webinar series
  • Mentoring sessions
  • More options may be provided in the future

Congratulations to Our Most Recent Trainees

Completed Level 2 Training May 2014
  • level-two-tucson (2)Debra Andersen
  • Marcela Igelesias
  • Ocean Lum
  • Linda Mackay
  • Allie Middleton
  • Dana Mildebrath
  • SC Nameth
  • Lori Popeski
  • Ana Maria Sierra
  • Nadia Siswanto
  • Mary Somers
  • Jennifer Whitcher
Completed Level 2 Training Yogaville 2013
  • Cleo and Sivananda 055 (2)Melanie De Marchena
  • Lonnie DeSorcy
  • Peg Duros
  • Becky Eades
  • Laurie Hunt
  • Susan Kaplans
  • Kat Larsen
  • Charlotte Lorentson
  • Mary Noone
  • Marcia Siegel
  • Laurie Thorner
 Completed Level 1 Training Yogavile 2014
  • yogaville-gradsKaren Gibbons
  • Andrea Hernandez
  • Christine Yogalaxmi Kenton
  • Susan Lazarus
  • Katie Losier
  • Stacy Satya Lynn
  • Dorys Devikamala Massant
  • Heather Monson-James
  • Nancy Neves
  • Pedro Perez Cabezas
  • Keren Remington
  • Bryce Rogow
  • Lisa Schutz
  • Bonita Showalter
  • Michele Simo
  • Catherine Smithson
Completed Level 1 Training January 2014
  • Pati Anderson
  • Debra Anderson
  • Lexy Cann
  • Janis Cooper
  • Vassoulla Demetriou
  • Julie Diefe
  • Valerie Dionne
  • Level 1 Tuc 2014Karen Elbert
  • Deirdre Fay
  • Twyla Gingrich
  • Karen Goodridge
  • Tiffany Goyer
  • Marian Johnson
  • Guinn Kappler
  • Julie Kiddoo
  • Hunter Mahon
  • Gloria Martin
  • Leigh Miller
  • Becky Moreno
  • Linda Padgett
  • Beth Rogerson
  • Jane Root
  • Kim Sherman
  • Deborah Shurtleff
  • Rivka Simmons
  • Pramila Sinha
  • Kimberly Skavaril
  • Alicia Smith
  • Sandra Smith
  • Mary Somers
  • Connie Stultz
  • Mari Tankenoff
  • Nichole Webb
  • Geraldine Wu
Completed Level 1 Training Kripalu 2013
  • Sharon Austin
  • Theresa Barnett
  • Kripalu 135Leah Besen Vasquez
  • Judith Brown
  • Alison Buckman
  • Olga Campora
  • Allison Carey
  • Anita Carter
  • Jeanne Catanzaro
  • Rivka Cilley
  • Jennifer Conte
  • Jennifer Cook
  • Teresa Corbin
  • Barbara Fasulo
  • Rita Foegen
  • Cecilia Fowler
  • Megan Germain
  • Robin Glantz
  • Elise Gonzalez
  • Rachel Griffin
  • Anita Hughes
  • Eileen Kinkelaar
  • Sylvia Lanier
  • Joey Letwin
  • Jennifer Mast
  • Jule Michel
  • Caelin Nadin
  • Caroline Pearson
  • Amanda Pease
  • Phyllis Pomerleau
  • Mary Robinson
  • Kristen Shantz
  • Nancy Sharp
  • Sarah Sheets
  • Susan Siep
  • Rosangela Silva
  • Tara Simpson
  • Sharon Singh
  • Nadia Siswanto
  • Judy Thompson
  • Janice Turner
  • Elizabeth Wellington
  • Jennifer Whitcher
  • Mary Wilder
  • Rebecca Young
  • Gita Gry Zakariassen
Completed Level 1 Training Yogaville 2013
  • Lauren Anderson
  • Maria Becke
  • Stacey Bryan
  • Robin Carnes
  • Lara Conley
  • Yogaville Level 1 059 (2)Anne K. Cooper
  • Debra Dalby
  • Sarah Duffley
  • Colleen Dwyer
  • Cynthia Elledge
  • Sandra Ki
  • Elena Kyrgos
  • Emily Lape
  • Terri Leasor
  • Jennifer Leyton-Armakan
  • Allison Mesnard
  • Rebekah Montgomery
  • Heather L. Morgado
  • Julie Orme
  • Jo Ann Orr
  • Elyse Overdyk
  • Susan Reynolds
  • Beate Rose
  • Mary Kay Rose
  • Jolene Ryan
  • Rickie Simpson
  • Lindy Swimm
  • Jude Szypa
  • Carter S. Townsend
  • Almendra Valdez
  • Jean F. Younger
Completed Level 1 Training Tucson 2013
  • Heather Barnes
  • Gail Braverman
  • Cynthia Brown
  • Kathleen Burr
  • Kim Cooke
  • group pictureCharisse Crisci
  • Lonnie DeSorcy
  • Becky Eades
  • Elena Espalin
  • Maureen Guelzow
  • Lisa Haake
  • Michele Hausman
  • Gail Hockert
  • Anna Lee Hoodem
  • Laurie Howe
  • Leslie Jensby
  • Jane Kosloff
  • Ocean Lum
  • Linda Mackay
  • Geeti Mahajan
  • Allie Middleton
  • Aly Moore
  • Bonita Morgan
  • SC Nameth
  • Stina Oravec
  • Karen Persinger
  • Lori Popeski
  • Evy Rodne-Cole
  • Corey Roos
  • Liz Rozum
  • Tricia Wolanin

Very good, very good, YAY!

with a full heart and a loving namasté.

Amy & Rose

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

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