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The Impact of Yoga on Teachers’ Self-rated Emotions

There is increasing evidence of students benefiting from yoga as well as teacher. Imagine classrooms where everyone received 5 – 10 minutes of breathing and meditation at the beginning of the day. Yoga teaches more than just a means of moving the body, especially when breathing, meditation, focus, and sound techniques are involved in the…

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Moving from ME to WE by Allie Middleton

The path of transforming a personal love of yoga into a wider offering as a leadership journey. As yoga therapy evolves as a professional discipline, we are collecting and sharing experiences and research on how yoga-based practices can assist in personal health challenges. It’s also becoming clear that communities and care systems benefit from integrating…

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Bouncing: The Practice of Letting Go

Shaking is one of the best ways to let go of irritations, aggravations, emotions, tensions, triggers, and traumas. Animals allow themselves to shake after they have experienced something intense. And even though we are animals, humans are always shutting down this natural experience of letting go. Some people, like Peter Levine and David Berceli, have…

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LifeForce Yoga Nidra: Sacred Rest

Are you getting all the rest that you need? I am not talking about sleep, I am talking about the deep restorative rest that resets the brain and facilitates deep healing. Yoga Nidra, an ancient practice from India, brings us to a rich state of awareness where the mind releases constrictions as it reconnects to…

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Join us for the LifeForce Yoga 40-Day Challenge

After every training retreat, we offer the LifeForce Yoga 40-Day Challenge. We have just spent 5 – 7 days practicing intention, visualization, chanting, breathing, movement, meditation and more, for hours a day. These activities change our biochemistry. We are vibrating at a much higher level and people feel clearer, brighter, and more open. To go…

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Meeting My Mood and Unlocking Balance – by Liz Albanis

I was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at the age of 11 after an overseas school excursion went wrong, which resulted in major depression, anxiety and trouble sleeping. I was bullied and assaulted in high school and even had my nose broken which exacerbated my mental health issues. I discovered yoga in my…

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The Crown Jewel of Yoga

Yoga Nidra is more that just a guided meditation practice. It is the crown jewel of yoga. It provides a pathway through sensations, emotions, thoughts, judgements, beliefs, etc, to a more authentic experience of being. The mind is excellent at time travel, existing in the past and/or the future. Yoga Nidra invites us into the…

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From Trauma to LifeForce Yoga Practitioner

by Dr. Kathy Shafer After leaving New York City in 1988 to pursue my PhD, I started running to train for the NYC Marathon, as I wanted to cross the finish line the same year I got my PhD. Unfortunately, while training for the event, I got hit by a drunk driver and was told…

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I am a Survivor

by Liz Payne-Meredith Who knew?! Not me, I was fine. Depression? Umm, looks like not being able to get out of bed, covers drawn tight, shades down. Anxiety? See that raving lunatic over there, pacing, blaming, and talkingamileaminute? That’s. Anxiety. Nope, not me, I’m good. I never experienced those symptoms; was always able to function….

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Grateful for Peace

by Kathleen Williams, PhD I first took LifeForce Yoga at a Cape Cod Professional Training in August of 2008. It intrigued me as I had already been utilizing breath techniques based on the Benson Studies on The Relaxation Response and had been an avid believer in the chants of Krishna Das and the Dharma talks…

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Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month – an entire month devoted to breaking the stigma around mental illness. To help break the stigma around mental illness we are sharing stories of journeys from suffering to freedom from our LifeForce Yoga Practitioners. We want you to know that you are not alone in your struggles. We…

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