- LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training for Mood Management
- Watch an interview about the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training with founder Amy Weintraub & director Rose Kress.
- The Role of the Certified LifeForce Yoga Practitioner
- Who Should Attend? (you do not need to be a yoga teacher)
- Level – I (65 — 71 Hours)
- Prerequistes for Level 1 and/or Module A
- Level II (64 Hours)
- Helpful Links for Those Considering the Training
- LifeForce Yoga Practitioners Say…
LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training for Mood Management
This 65-hour training, started in 2004, focuses on accessible & evidence-based yoga skills to empower optimum mental health in your students, clients, and yourself. LifeForce Yoga covers appropriate use of yoga for all mood issues, from daily energy swings, to disorders like anxiety, depression, trauma, bi-polar, etc.; this includes discussion of scope of practice, working in a team, and when to refer out. Participants learn yogic-based assessment of the mind and application of ancient yogic practices adapted for individuals struggling with mood disorders. Theoretical frameworks (yoga, health care, and mental health care), current approaches (yoga and mental health care), and research is presented. This training includes, self-care techniques, experiential learning, lectures, discussion, demonstrations, and partner practice teaches. Includes a 150+ page manual and online resources for graduates.
The training is staffed by Yoga Therapists, Yoga Teachers, and Mental Health Professionals. Learn the best strategies for using yoga for mental health in an environment of yoga teachers, yoga therapists, mental health providers, educators, and more.
Watch an interview about the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training with founder Amy Weintraub & director Rose Kress.
Yoga Tools for Mental Health:
- Movement (Asana)
- Breath & Cleansing Practices (Pranayama & Kriya)
- Toning (Mantra)
- Visualization (Bhavana)
- Intention Setting (Sankalpa)
- Hand gestures (Mudra)
- Meditation (Dharana & Dhyana)
- Meditative Relaxation (Yoga Nidra)
- Therapeutic holding of posture
- Nondual Strategies for working with negative self-talk
This training is also suitable for those working with trauma. Psychotherapists who also practice Yoga, find they are able to offer their clients an adjunct treatment to medication, and to provide them with tools for internal mood-regulation and self-care. We have a non-certification track available for serious yoga practitioners.
CEC’s available. See the training venue for more information.
The Role of the Certified LifeForce Yoga Practitioner
Our job as LifeForce Yoga Practitioners is to clear away the obstructions, first within ourselves, so that we know that the energy awake within us and the energy that surrounds us are one and the same. Second, our job as LifeForce Yoga Practitioners is to create and maintain a safe and compassionate container for our students and clients, so that in an atmosphere of acceptance and love, they can learn the tools to clear their own inner space of whatever is preventing them from realizing and sustaining their positive mental health.
Who Should Attend? (you do not need to be a yoga teacher)
- Yoga professionals
- Complementary & Alternative Medicine Professionals
- Massage Therapists
- Mental Health and Pastoral Counselors
- Military & Veteran Providers
- Nurses & Nurse Practitioners
- Occupational Therapists
- Other Allied Health Professionals
- Physicians & Physician Assistants
- Recreational Therapists
- Social Workers
- Serious Yoga practitioners
If you have questions, please contact Rose Kress, firstname.lastname@example.org, to discuss your case.
Trainings are led by Click here for bios
Level – I (65 — 71 Hours)
Our Level 1 Training is currently offered in two formats:
A 7-day all-inclusive residential retreat OR
as Module A (5 days onsite at various locations internationally) + Module B (online).
Prerequistes for Level 1 and/or Module A
For those wishing to take the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Program, the following are highly suggested to support you in your learning process during the training:
- LifeForce Yoga to Manage Your Mood weekend workshop, or equivalent program
- Read Yoga for Depression by Amy Weintraub
- Practice with the LifeForce Yoga to Beat the Blues – Level 1 or Level 2 DVD (suggested practice of 30 days)
- Practice with the LifeForce Yoga Chakra Clearing Meditation CD (suggested practice of 30 days)
- If you are unable to complete a weekend workshop, the LifeForce Yoga Home Study is suggested.
NOTE: This course can be taken as an elective to fulfill requirements in the following Professional Yoga Therapy Training Schools:
- Integrative Yoga Therapy under the direction of Joseph and Lilian Le Page
- Inner Peace Yoga Therapy under the direction of Michele Lawrence
- Soul of Yoga Yoga Therapy Training under the direction of Monique Lonner
Level II (64 Hours)
Continues training in the Yogic strategies for balancing mood, with more practice teaching. The emphasis here is working one-on-one and leading workshops.
- Prerequisites for Level 2: Level 1 Training OR Module A & B
- Level 2 Registration
- “Journey to Well-Being: New Light on Yoga for Depression and Anxiety” Interview with Amy Weintraub by Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D
- “Yoga in Talk Therapy – A New Way to Practice” by Amy Weintraub LifeForce Yoga Blog August 12, 2013
- “Benefits On and Off the Mat: LifeForce Yoga® Practitioner Training” by Felicity Boyer, LFYP-2, Yoga Therapy Today
- “Take a Breath: Using yoga to create a sense of well-being in your office” by Amy Weintraub Psychotherapy Networker, March/April 2010
LifeForce Yoga Practitioners Say…
“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.” Read More— Lena Young
“LFY needs to carry a warning–these practices may transform your life in ways and at the pace you don’t expect 🙂 My sankalpa (affirmation/intention) has been pulling me into its manifestation ever since it announced itself to me at LFY training. And how–a complete life overhaul 🙂 Thank you for so generously sharing these powerful practices, for taking time to connect with me and offering encouragement and inspiration.” – Valerie Baker, PhD, EdM, RYT, LFYP-1
“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
“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
“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
“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 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 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 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 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 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.
“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 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 gained tools for working with my own depression and with my clients’ depressions.” — Robert Sgona, LCSW, RYT, psychotherapist, Yoga teacher, Camden, ME.