Since 2004, our signature LFYP 65-hour training focuses on accessible & evidence-based yoga skills to empower optimum mental health in your students, clients, and yourself. LifeForce Yoga covers the appropriate use of yogic interventions for all mood issues, from daily energy swings, to disorders like anxiety, depression, trauma, bi-polar, etc. The LFYP program 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 are presented. LFYP training includes self-care techniques, experiential learning, lectures, discussion, demonstrations and partner practice teaches.
Level – I (65 — 71 Hours)
In an immersive setting, prepares the practitioner to competently us LifeForce Yoga with groups and individuals. Personal practice and experience is emphasized to support the mental health of the practitioner.
Our Level 1 Training is currently offered in two formats:
- A 7-day all-inclusive residential retreat OR
- Online in two parts: Module A and Module B
Prerequisites 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
- Watch Introduction to LifeForce Yoga
- Read Awakening Your Inner Radiance with LifeForce Yoga by Rose Kress
- Practice LifeForce Yoga techniques via our YouTube channel
- If you are unable to complete a weekend workshop, Module B: Empowered Mental Health Through LifeForce Yoga is recommended.
This course can be taken as an elective to fulfill requirements in the following Professional Yoga Therapy Training Schools:
- Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy
- Inner Peace Yoga Therapy under the direction of Michele Lawrence
- Soul of Yoga Yoga Therapy Training under the direction of Monique Lonner
- Integral Yoga Therapy
Level II (64 Hours) – Online
Continues training in LifeForce Yoga and prepares the practitioner to lead the LifeForce Yoga to Manage Your Mood weekend workshop program. This course is online and takes place over 6 months.
- Prerequisites for Level 2: Level 1 Training OR Module A & B
- Level 2 Registration
More information on the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training
Each LFYP training is carefully 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.
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 also have a non-certification track available for serious yoga practitioners.
The Role of the Certified LifeForce Yoga Practitioner
An LFYP certification opens doors. Firstly, our job as LifeForce Yoga Practitioners is to clear away the obstructions 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 mission 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 from 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.
Helpful Links for Those Considering the Training
- “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…
“[LifeForce Yoga] 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
“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.