Yoga teaches us that when we feel alone, alienated or depressed, we’ve lost our connection to who we really are. Simply medicating unhappiness often isn’t enough, and in many cases, drugs may even mask intuitive promptings telling us that we need to be making changes in our lives.
Yoga offers a tremendous path for bringing natural relief for depression, anxiety, and other mood orders, notes Amy Weintraub, founder of LifeForce Yoga. Practicing yoga regularly helps us begin to reconnect with our true nature, the wholeness we are beneath our current mood.
And Amy Weintraub would know. She is the author of Yoga for Depression (Broadway Books) in which she chronicles her own struggles with depression and how yoga helped her find a way out of it. She founded LifeForce Yoga to offer Yoga tools specifically targeting depression, which are not always taught in regular classes. Many of these are simple enough to do in a chair or while lying down. These practices help you strip away the obstacles that separate you from your source of wellbeing.
Amy focuses on creating a safe container, a necessary first-step in working with mood and mind states (manomaya kosha and vijnanamaya kosha). She then explores the evidence for yoga as a treatment modality, as well as the different types of depressed states (tamasic and rajasic), and how to work with them.
This session focuses of the use of yoga for people recovering from trauma and PTSD with specific examples drawn from LifeForce Yoga Practitioner’s individual work with clients. Amy goes more deeply into the yoga practices used for people struggling with different issue/mood states, the yoga practices used, and their therapeutic outcome.
Throughout both sessions, Amy weaves in yoga practices targeting mood, including pranayama, kriya, mudra, mantra, bhavana, sankalpa, and simple movement and discuss the appropriate applications and contraindications.