The December 2013 Issue of O Magazine features an article “The Yoga Prescription: The ancient practice goes from gym class to doctor’s orders” about Jacquelyn Jackson and her battle with depression after witnessing the shooting of her boss congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in 2011. A large part of her treatment included LifeForce Yoga sessions with Founder Amy Weintraub.
For Jackson, one-on-one yoga appointments with Amy Weintraub, a pioneer in the field and author of Yoga for Depression, proved transformative. In their first session, Jackson “was practically hyperventilating with anxiety;’ says Weintraub, who created a program that included “stairstep” breathing, building up to deeper and deeper breaths. “What the yoga did was provide a slow, gradual path to help her manage her moods and not immediately react when grief arose.” After just a few sessions, Jackson no longer used medication to help her sleep at night. “Working with Amy was like doing emotional Rota-Rootering;’ she says. “I had so much stress in my body, and she was able to help dislodge it and clear it out.”
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