Self-awareness with self-acceptance is the cornerstone of LifeForce Yoga, and any yoga practice. When we bring these together, we get sustainable and long-lasting change. Self-awareness by itself ends up being painful and thus difficult to maintain. When we suffer because of self-awareness, we fall back into familiar patterns of self-sabotage or self-destruction. Self-acceptance by itself…
The power of love is the most exquisite and gentle force in the world. When we experience love, we have confidence, strength, and a sense of belonging. Without that experience, we fail to thrive and rarely make it out of our childhood. We all experience the power of love at some point in our lives….
The Pathway Out of Suffering Darkness is the heavy and cold state of inertia. It is dense, very dense. This state can exist in the physical, energetic, emotional, thought, and spiritual planes, or all. It is a part of nature. In the Northern Hemisphere as we enter the shortest day/longest night, we are at the…
by Rose Kress I sit on the bank,in the misty rain,cheeks numb from fall’s crisp kiss.I watch the last of the leaves plummetand the current carries them out of sight. These leaves,like my thoughts,tumble through my mindand capture my attentiononly to be borne awayby the river of timeand become fodder for some new life. That…
Leading LifeForce Yoga in a Domestic Violence Shelter, by Joanna Johnson My name is Joanna and I have the privilege of teaching Yoga at the domestic violence shelter, Safenet, in Claremore, OK. I am a registered 200hr Yoga Teacher stemming, the Anusara lineage and a Level 1 LifeForce Yoga Practitioner. I am both a teacher…
Inner Dignity is the state of honoring yourself with respect, love, and kindness. When you practice self-compassion, feelings of self-worth bloom. Practicing means listening to the needs and limitations of your body-minds with unconditional acceptance. Why is it hard to feel this way?
We talk about love so much in yoga, but what’s love got to do with it anyway? Why the emphasis and what does it mean? Let us start at the beginning. When we are forming in the womb, the heart begins to form in the space above the brain. As the spine begins the curve…
How yoga supports rewiring the thought patterns that are keeping you from feeling peace of mind. True and lasting freedom comes from changing patterns, otherwise we are caught in the endless spiral of beliefs that block us from knowing who we are. If we want to change patterns (thoughts, reactions, beliefs), we must do the…
Three hurdles to building a yoga practice and how to overcome them Countless studies have been published about the benefits of yoga for the body and mind. Why is it that more people Do not practice? Why didn’t you practice today (maybe you did, but let’s pretend you didn’t for arguments sake)? If you have…
Ahhh! My new novel will be published on September 8, 2020! TEMPLE DANCER is available NOW to pre-order in paperback and eBook. 25 years in the making, this spiritual thriller burrows deep into the mirroring stories of two presumably disconnected women, as they explore the divine connection. TEMPLE DANCER spans the distance of time, space and…
I cannot stop thinking about this post from Yung Pueblo this morning. I feel myself trapped by the narratives that others have created for me based on a past self, or even just a simple moment in time. As we interact, I find myself directed by that person into those past versions of myself, in…
Our number one goal at LifeForce Yoga is to support everyone in achieving optimum mental health – regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, age, nationality, ability, class, etc. We do our best to make sure that our tools and techniques are accessible and inclusive, and we know that there is always room for…
“Words do not do justice to all that I learned. This workshop changed my life!” — Jen Nolan, Teacher, Cortland, NY
“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
“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
“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
“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 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
“I gained tools for working with my own depression and with my clients’ depressions.” — Robert Sgona, LCSW, RYT, psychotherapist, Yoga teacher, Camden, ME.
“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
“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
“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 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 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
“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 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
“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
“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.
“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 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
“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.
“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
“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