Newsletter 80: Happy Holidays! Gifts for Spiritual Growth

Happy Holidays? The holiday season can be a happy one, a time for rejoicing, and connecting with family. Even in the most joyful moments, it is also a stressful period. Have you ever noticed that people get more frantic this time of year? We put so much on our lists to make things perfect that we sometimes forget why we started in the first place! Parking, lines, jostling for position…I find myself reluctant to go holiday shopping out of a desire to avoid people at their worst.

Then there are those for whom the holiday season is not blissful. I count myself in this group. I don’t suffer from the Holiday Blues. I just find that the rampant materialism and commercialism is out of control. Advertisements, internet, TV, radio, etc, tell us that we need to buy other people the best gifts ever to show them that we love them. We are told to give to charity and volunteer to make someone’s holiday special. All I can think is, “What about the rest of the year?!” Yes, statistics show that people are more prone to feeling down during the holidays than any other time of year. But knowing what I know about the brain, practicing consistent charity and altruistic behavior year-round can make a bigger difference in a person’s life. Let’s all plant a seed for daily kindness and compassion in 2019.

Enjoy our newsletter of gifts for spiritual growth. These offerings are intended to support you on your journey to wholeness and optimum mental health. Some gifts are discounted, some are even free! We have a blog post on 3 Tips for Managing the Holiday Blues. We also have a brand-new Facebook Group, launched today, called Yoga for Mental Health. This group is a meeting place for sharing your progress towards ease. Collect and share tips, ask questions, and connect with like-mindeds on your journey. We hope that you will join us!

Many thanks for your continued support of LifeForce Yoga. I wish you a stress-free holiday season.

Rose Kress
Owner/Director, LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute

Study & Practice

Holiday Balance Tips

Tis the season…for depression, loneliness, and anxiety. This is supposed to be the happiest time of the year, right? So why don’t I feel that way? If you find yourself asking that question, you are not alone. The Holiday Blues are a real thing! But it may only be temporary. Read on for 3 tips to help manage the holiday blues.

A survey from the National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that 64% of people diagnosed with a mental illness experience a worsening in their condition during the holidays (2014). Whether your experience is temporary or an exacerbation, know that you are not alone. Millions of people suffer during the holidays.

There are many reasons that people suffer during the holiday season: mental illness, loss, isolation, lack of family, homelessness, trauma, seasonal affective disorder, illness, poverty, etc. Rather than focus on the whys, let’s turn our attention to what helps free us. This is not about curing the holiday blues, rather it is creating space between who you really are and the suffering and constriction of the holiday blues. Visit NAMI’s website for more tips.

Community

The Holiday Blues can disrupt relationships and connection with others is an important part of mental wellness. If you want to stay mentally and physically healthy, community is key. For those of us that are introverts, this does not mean you have to start going to parties (whew!). Connection with others, one-on-one or in a group, releases the hormone oxytocin in the brain. Oxytocin, the feel-good hormone, is released during things like appropriate touch, intimacy, bonding (like breastfeeding an infant), laughter, AND yoga. While we don’t know the full effects of oxytocin, there is a relationship between its presence/release and a decrease in anxiety and depression. There are ways to release this feel-good hormone on your own, laughter and loving visualization, it’s better with others. Plus, being among people helps alleviate feelings of isolation.

Developing your community:

  • Who is your tribe?
  • What is one simple thing you can do to spend time with like-minded individuals?
  • Have you thought about volunteering during the holidays? Compassion can help release oxytocin.
  • How about connecting with a friend?

Find your tribe and support on your journey in the Yoga for Mental Health Facebook group. Here you will find people on the journey to mental wellness, tips, inspirational quotes and pictures, research, and new friends. We hope you will join us!

Schedule

I know that for me, having a normal routine helps me feel stable. Without one, I can get a little aimless and overwhelmed with what I must do. Finding and developing a schedule helps give purpose and structure to the day. From a goals oriented standpoint, having a schedule will help you get where you envision yourself in the future.

  1. Make a list of your daily tasks. What are you already doing every day? Is there something you need more of? What is something you don’t need on this list? You can be as detailed as you want. Perhaps you wish to schedule wake up and bed times.
  2. Self-care. Go back to your list and make sure that you have physical and spiritual self-care as a part of your daily tasks. Physical self-care includes bathing, pampering, mindful eating, walking, exercise, grounding, earthing, outside time, yoga, dance, movement, massage, etc. Spiritual self-care includes affirmation, meditation, yoga, chanting, sacred text reading, outside time, attending services, etc. Hint: schedule your self-care three times a day, it doesn’t have to be more than five minutes if you are crunched for time.
  3. Create a schedule. Organize your list into morning, midday, and evening. Start putting your tasks in the appropriate areas for where you know you have the energy to complete those tasks. Morning people are most productive earlier in the day. Night owls reach peak creativity at 9/10pm. Honor your energy flow for getting things done.
  4. Add in flexibility. Schedules are wonderful, but if you can’t stick to it, you won’t feel good about yourself. Make sure you have ample time to complete tasks. If you are creating a schedule for the first time, it will need refinement in action. If something takes you 15 minutes to complete, schedule 30 minutes.The way you start your day informs your day
  5. Find an accountability partner. Who is available that can help keep you on track? Invite a friend to join you in this process. Once you both have schedules, check-in with each other. If you feel like you don’t want to stick to the plan, reach out, your partner is there to help you.

Yoga Practice

Of course, I am partial to Yoga. It is what saved me from suffering and what continues to keep me balanced and at ease. Yoga is a physical and spiritual practice. It moves the body and helps you reconnect to who you really are. How you move the body in your yoga practice is up to you. The benefits of a daily yoga practice on the body, heart, mind, mental health, and soul, are numerous and the evidence for the advantages of yoga grows daily.

What can you do to build a daily yoga practice:

  • Start small. Pick an easy practice and do it every day. You can find many simple practices in our Free Mood Management Practice section of the website.
  • Set up a yoga space in your house for your daily practice.
  • Commit to going to a class once a week. Getting a friend to go with you makes it even easier.
  • Practice at home with a yoga DVDCD, or learn how to do the practices on your own.

New LFY Community

New Community Forming on Facebook

Join us and deepen your commitment to your own yoga and mental health journey!

Hosted by LifeForce Yoga, this global group aims to support and educate, with tools, tips, and research for optimum mental health. We share resources, experiences, and worldwide community. Whether you live with a chronic mental health disorder, experience temporary mood disturbances, or serve those who do, you’ll connect with professionals and practitioners who utilize proven accessible yoga tools that can change your energy and your mood.

Join us on Facebook, here and dive in!

Media Review

Practice You for Daily Awakening Deck “54 Portals to
Explore, Illuminate, and Nurture Your True Self”

The Practice You: Daily Awakening Deck, from author and yogi Elena Brower, is a spectacular aid to your personal practice. The deck is a compliment to the Practice You: A Journal, which was released Fall 2017. This 54-card deck includes an extra four cards on which to explore your personal practice affirmations or statements. The cards are simple and elegant, color coordinated to match the chakras, known as energy centers. Each card has a question or an accessible practice on it, guiding you to an essence of a chakra.

The cards, and the journal follow the journey through the chakras. Most are familiar with seven major chakras, however, there are many in the body including above the head. The questions and statements reflect the essence of these nine chakras through which we connect to our true self. These essences are:

  • Chakra essencesI am
  • I feel
  • I do
  • I love
  • I speak
  • I trust
  • I see
  • I understand
  • I serve

This deck is a journey of self-inquiry questions guiding you down a path of connection with your highest and truest self. Use the deck to answer a question, gain clarity, or as inspiration for your day and your spiritual journey. Use in your yoga class to… more here.

Gifts for You and Yours

LifeForce Yoga Chakra Banner with Tones
Made in USA by Diane Steele
A thoughtful gift of art, a special gift for practice, this banner is a portable portal! Lightweight and reversible; easy fold for travel. Lovely to look at, hang in your room, office, yoga studio or meditation space; colors of each chakra mandala (representing the energy center) help you focus, balance, align and energize.

6 ft long from top of 7th chakra to bottom of 1st chakra. Top of banner has a ribbon loop and hidden re-purposed hanger. Swivel hook and ring for easy reverse. Felt is heat & stain resistant, and a permanent ink process that penetrates the surface produces vibrant, high-quality images that won’t fade. Hand printed and sewn with love on 100% recycled Eco-Fi felt.

Energizing and calming tones included for each chakra. To order and more info here.

Seven Sisters Chakra Blends
Made in USA by Rose Kress
A unique gift for you and yours. When our chakras are unbalanced, we can lose parts of our emotional essence; subtle changes occur, we get stuck. Oil blends and chakra tones to the rescue!

Created through meditation and a beautiful cosmic download, Rose’s sublime proprietary blends support reclamation! Each blend is named after the Tori Amos song that embodies an aspect of that chakra, and all are made with only the finest therapeutic grade, responsibly sourced essential oils.

A huge fan of Tori Amos, Rose met the singer-songwriter In 2014. Sharing a moment together, Tori spoke about the need to “outcreate” the darkness, the things that hold us back. Rose was particularly struck by these words, and later after a flash of mystic meditation, Seven Sisters Chakra Blends came to be.

As the vision solidified, each blend created itself almost effortlessly. Named Seven Sisters (after another of Tori’s brilliant songs, and reference to the Pleiades star cluster), Rose presented the completed set to Tori in 2017, describing her deeply personal “outcreating” experience. Tori was delighted and gave Rose her blessing to share these oils with the world!

These blends are special and sacred; we hope you enjoy them as much as we do! Find more info here about each blend and corresponding meditation. Available with gemstone or stainless roller balls. Order here.

LifeForce Yoga Posters

We hear you! You asked for our graphics, and here they are, exactly as we use them in sessions, workshops, and trainings. For your studio or office; full color and suitable for framing.  Send to your local office supply store for printing and lamination. Optimum print size: 20″ X 16″.

Both LifeForce Yoga Chakra Clearing and Energy Clearing Posters illustrate the chakras or energy centers, with keywords for each chakra/energy region, as well as the sounds, or mantra, for each chakra or energy region. The LifeForce Yoga Chakra Clearing/Energy Clearing Meditation includes Bellows Breath, Bee Breath, and Mudras and Mantras. This practice is a doorway into meditation. This practice, both the energizing and calming versions, can be found on the LifeForce Yoga Chakra Clearing Meditation CD.

LifeForce Yoga Heart Mantra poster Atma Hridaye is the LifeForce Yoga Heart Mantra. We use it  Use this mantra as a part of your daily yoga practice. Instructions on how to chant this mantra, as well as a chanting practice, can be found on the CD/MP3 Mantra Chanting with Rose.

Learn more and Download our LFY resource posters here: Energy Clearing, Chakra ClearingHeart MantraTones

ONLINE LEARNING
Energy Boosters
Best Practices for Managing Depression
with Director Rose Kress     >>> SALE   Save $5 through Fri Dec 21st!      
Download this new two-session course and discover the best yoga practices to reduce depression, without even a yoga mat. Experience accessible and portable yoga practices to boost your energy and brighten your outlook. LifeForce Yoga tools for managing depression and low energy include sound, visualization, hand gestures, breathing practices, intention setting, and meditation. Purchase here.

You’ll learn:

  • To clear your mind
  • To deepen your breath
  • To wake your energy up first thing in the morning
  • To stimulate your body & mind
  • To reconnect with your whole self

More info here.

LifeForce Yoga Class with Director Rose Kress   >>> FREE   
Available now! Access a LifeForce Yoga class with Rose Kress, here.

Take time for you! Rose leads a 1-hour LifeForce Yoga practice to support you in balancing your mood. We practice setting intention, breathing, movement, sound, body sensing, and a short relaxation. Ahhhhh!This class ends with the chant Atma Hrdaye (words and translation found here).

 

 

 

Stress Busters: Best Practices for Managing Anxiety
with Director Rose Kress      SALE   Save $5 through Fri Dec 21st!      
Download this two-session is a two-session course and discover the best yoga practices to reduce anxiety. Experience accessible yoga tools to practice anywhere, anytime, without a yoga mat. LifeForce Yoga tools like sound, visualization, hand gestures, breathing practices, intention setting, and meditation that are supported by current research. Download here.

You’ll learn how to:

  • hack your nervous system
  • catch your breath
  • redirect your mind
  • harness your energy
  • reconnect with your peaceful self

More info here.

PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS
with Director Rose Kress

Feeling stressed and constricted? Get clarity on your path with a one-on-one consultation with Rose Kress.

Explore potent practice options, include breathing, sound, intention, movement, meditation, and integration. Your consultation consists of an assessment, and two 30-minute private Zoom sessions to co-create a home practice unique to you. During the first session, you will discuss your current concerns and your desires for better health. In the second session, Rose will go over the LifeForce Yoga home practice for well-being and ease. More info here.

Upcoming Events:

JAN 2019: Annual Desert Training Retreat
LifeForce Yoga to Manage Your Mood   Level 1
Led by Director Rose Kress, ERYT-500, C-IAYT & Trainers Randy Todd, LCSW, LFYP2 & Rickie Simpson
Special Guest Teachers: Amy Weintraub and Maria Mendola
January 11 – 18, 2019
Tucson, Arizona

Our annual Desert Training Retreat is now open for Registration. Discover how to treat mood disorders with a yogic protocol while remaining within your scope of practice. This incredible training, the first of its kind, gives you the tools to work with your clients from a holistic perspective. LifeForce Yoga is perfect for clinical settings; no mat is required.

Our program is accessible, adapted, and informed by current research. Lifeforce Yoga views mood issues as constrictions that keep the individual from experiencing their innate wholeness. During this state-of-the-art training, you will experience practices that dissolve the layers of constrictions to reveal your radiant self. We teach ancient yogic philosophical foundations for mental health in a practical way. Building on the tenets that suffering is temporary, and the true self is immortal, we learn to drop our labels, dive beneath our stories, and develop pathways to wholeness that honor the uniqueness of everyone.

Held in Southern Arizona, our flagship training is exceptional. Not only will you experience the life-changing effects of LifeForce Yoga, you’ll enjoy 70-degree days when most of the country is plunged in the depths of winter darkness! Watch the sunrise as you practice yoga, feel its warmth on your skin as you meditate, and enjoy the light as you take an afternoon hike in the desert. Are we biased? Just a bit. Tucson is a pretty unique place. Reserve Your Spot Today!

Our Winter Retreat offers you training, and the opportunity to release and unwind your mind while filling yourself with ease, self-care, and real methods for optimum mental health. The personal experience of these tools gives you greater insight as well as the ability to share what you have learned with others. Together, we can de-stigmatize mental health issues while inspiring and empowering others to be free from suffering. There is no better time than NOW to start your journey with LifeForce Yoga.

More Information About the LifeForce Yoga Training

MAR: New York. Module A Training

Yoga for Mood Management Module A: Experiential
with Kathleen Williams, Ph.D, LFYP-2 & Merrill Black, LCSW, LFYP-2
March 8 – 10 & 22 – 24 (Training runs over two weekends)
The Temperance Center, Eastchester, New York

For the first time a Module A that takes place over 2 weekends. This is the perfect training for working professionals that do not want to take time off work. You will experience all of the aspects of the LifeForce Yoga 5-day program over two separate weekends.

Registration NOW OPEN!

MAR: Yogaville. Module A Training

LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training Level 1 (LFYP-1)
Yoga for Depression & Anxiety
with Rose Kress & Rickie Simpson
Buckingham, VA

Learn more

MAY: Bahamas. Module A Training

LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training: Yoga for Mood Management Module A
with Director Rose Kress, ERYT-500, C-IAYT & Alyce Wellons, LCSW, LFYP2
May 20 – 24, 2019
Sivananda Ashram, Bahamas

One of our favorite annual trainings is held in the beautiful Bahamas! Take time for YOU at the Sivananda Ashram — Our 5-day Intensive is tailored for clinical professionals and yoga practitioners; all are welcome and CEU’s are available. You’ll have plenty of self-care time, and you’ll:

  • Discover breathing & meditation practices for anxiety-based depression
  • Take home skills & confidence to increase your clients’ self-awareness, acceptance, esteem, and coping ability
  • Design one-on-one yoga sessions for depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder
  • Experience vibrant LifeForce Yoga techniques for you & your clients
  • Enjoy a self-care immersion: a reset for you, thus a reset for your clients & students
  • Practice bhavanamantraasanamudra, meditation, therapeutic holding, and non-dual self-inquiry kriyapranayamasankalpa

Find out more about LFYP Training and Certification here. To register for Module A Training in the Bahamas, click here.

JUL: Kripalu. Level 1 Training

LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training Level 1 (LFYP-1)
Yoga for Mood Management
with Director Rose Kress, ERYT-500, C-IAYT & Debbie Lubetkin
July 7 -14, 2019
Stockbridge, MA

SEP: Chicago. Module A Training

LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training: Yoga for Mood Management Module A
with Director Rose Kress, ERYT-500, C-IAYT
Sep 6 – 10, 2019
Ganesha Yoga, Chicago, IL
Learn more

SEP: Encinitas, CA. Module A Training

LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training: Module A
Yoga for Mood Management

with LFY Founder, Amy Weintraub & Allie Middleton
Nov 1 – 5, 2019
Soul of Yoga, Encinitas, CA
Learn more

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

“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 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.
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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 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.
“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
“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 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
“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
“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 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 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
“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
“I gained tools for working with my own depression and with my clients’ depressions.” — Robert Sgona, LCSW, RYT, psychotherapist, Yoga teacher, Camden, ME.
“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 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
“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
“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 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
“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
“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
“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 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
“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 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.
“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
“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 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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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 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 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
“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 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
“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
“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 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 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
“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
“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
“I gained perspective of who I am in the world and this will change my life significantly.” — Mary Ford, artist, Southport, CT
“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
“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
“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 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 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 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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
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