LifeForce Yoga Practioner Training Testimonial

testimonialI was deeply touched when I read the letter below from Dr. Lena Young, which she sent after the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training at Kripalu this summer and her three mentoring sessions with yoga therapist Joy Bennett, LFYP-2 and Mentor.

As the founding director of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many fine yoga and mental health professionals, as well as many students with mood disorders. In the course of this work, the LifeForce Yoga Faculty and I continue to make changes to the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training. We modify practices and even the language around the ways we teach those practices based on current research and what we observe in the field–what works with our clients and students. LifeForce Yoga Practitioners share their experience with each other, for example–what might trigger fear instead of joy in someone with a history of trauma, or what might bring a sense of ease and release to someone who feels angry. Each year, we revise the training manual and tweak the training itself. The LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training has developed over the years, from a 35 hour training, begun at Kripalu 10 years ago, to a 65 hour level one training with certification after mentoring sessions are complete.

testimonial-3What hasn’t changed is that LifeForce Yoga Practitioners are trained to empower their clients & students. LFYPs offer those whom they serve yoga practices to help them clear the effects of stress, loss, trauma and negative mood, awakening the student’s own healing capacity. LFYP’s learn to co-create “take home” practices with their clients that their clients enthusiastically embrace. Yes, there are simple LifeForce Yoga practices, some of which are now evidence-based, but our approach is always to meet the student where she is. The person will always be more important than the protocol.

When I read a thank you like the one Dr. Lena Young wrote to us after attending the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training at Kripalu and her mentoring sessions, I feel gratified. I know that the training faculty is making a difference in the world. Funny, but I wish I had had a LifeForce Yoga Practitioner on my team all those years ago, when I suffered with a depression that therapy and medication barely managed.

“No words can express my sincere appreciation and deepest gratitude to Amy Weintraub and her wonderful staff of LifeForce Yoga mentors and teachers for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn a set of powerful tools that can be used to begin unraveling the deeper underlying complexes driving depression and anxiety. Amy and her faculty have managed to create the safe space that she hopes her trainees will extend to their clientele, facilitating a training program that offers ample permission to listen to the body and mind. We as trainees are able to learn out of complete interest and passion for the subject uninhibited by outside pressures to advance, excel, or nervously memorize all the information that was being taught. There was an abundance of educational support for those who needed clarification on the material along with mental, psychological, and emotional support for individuals who experienced deep releases during the powerful practices. The acknowledgement of every single individual as unique, perfect, and whole just as we are without judgment but instead with loving and compassionate encouragement created this safe container for learning.

“Having experienced the debilitating pain of depression and anxiety, Amy has created sequences, kriyas, and practices that interweave movement and breath with mantras and mudras based on her own experiences and her own healing journey. These practices bring immediate relief for the body-mind which are often immersed in the negativities that arise with mental and emotional imbalances. Instead of focusing solely on the theoretical philosophies of what may work according to different traditions or from a therapist’s point of view, Amy cuts right to the core with a hands-on program that is simple and practical. The practices are able to slice through the ruminations that plague the mind during anxiety and dissolve the lethargy and freeze often experienced by the body-mind during depression. Amy’s program was built upon experiential knowledge and wisdom, not necessarily only from a therapist’s perspective but more importantly from the client’s standpoint. This is what makes it different. This is what makes it unique in this blossoming field of yoga for mental health and wellbeing. As a practitioner of LifeForce Yoga who has incorporated the techniques into my own daily practice as well as into my teachings, I have experienced the beneficial effects and know that they really do work.

In addition to the efficacy of the practices themselves, Amy’s voice as well as her graceful and eloquent manner of conduct have a gentle way of soothing the soul, lifting you up when depression sets in and grounding you when anxiety seems to have shaken your core. There was not a moment in the class when I did not feel held by the radiant energies of the space. Attending the training gave me a deep sense of coming home—coming home to the soul in its pure and primordial state of simply just being. As Amy says in Yoga for Depression, “the first step toward transformation is to accept where you are now, without judgment… Everything you need to reach that destination is already inside you.” Her trainings and workshops remind us of the wholeness that lies within. Can we surrender and simply realize all that we already have and all that we already are!”

Lena Young, PhD, LFYP-1
Attended the LFYP Training at Kripalu July 2014

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What People Say

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