In a recent study, published in the journal Depression and Anxiety in August, researchers found that the types of yoga that seemed to have the greatest effect on improving depression were meditation-based types. Meditation-based types of yoga might include various styles of hatha yoga like Kripalu, Integral, Viniyoga, restorative yoga, and of course, LifeForce Yoga….
“How Yoga Saved My Life” Part 2 In Part 2, Amy demonstrates a yoga tool for becoming calm and peaceful. Called Stair Step Breath, it uses short snippets of breath, combined with visualization and the mantra yum to affect the parasympathetic nervous system. This will help you to self-regulate and manage your mood. It will…
This video is Part 1 of Conversations with Amy Weintraub on Life and Living by Geo Geller. We will be releasing one segment a week. We hope you enjoy these open, unedited, discussions with Amy – we are very excited about this new project! “How Yoga Saved My Life” Part 1 In Part 1, Amy discusses…
It is best to begin your practice with a qualified yoga teacher who can assess your body’s needs. Many poses can be adapted for body type and ability. Here are three basic, gentle warm-ups that provide a good stretch and flex for the spine. The spine is the house of the central nervous system, so…
Research has shown that backbends are particularly good for lifting depressed mood. The full expression of this posture may be challenging if you are new to yoga, but you can practice a modified version, which I have described below. It’s important to warm-up the spine before doing a backbend practice. Make sure you have practiced…
In the Yoga of sound (Nada Yoga), there are a number of tones that, according to yoga tradition, specifically activate the various energy centers in the body, stimulate the brain and “resonate and harmonize with the innate vibrations of the universe.” (Dharma Singh Khalsa, MD, Meditation as Medicine: Activate the Power of Your Natural Healing…
Streamed live on Nov 20, 2013 Gail Francisco interviews yoga pioneer, Amy Weintraub and LifeForce Yoga Program Director, Rose Kress about why they do yoga and how it helped with their depression and anxiety. Amy talks about how she was able to go off her depression medication because of her yoga practice and how her…
These days, most mental health professionals understand the importance of regulating the body to regulate the emotions and many therapists have been using some form of somatic intervention for years. But did you know that there are a wide range of yoga practices that don’t require yoga teacher certification and are appropriate in a clinical…
Whether the class you have enrolled in is called LifeForce Yoga, White Lotus, Bikram, Iyengar, Viniyoga, Ashtanga, Kripalu, Integral, Sivananda, Svaroopa, Jivamukti, Anusara, or any of the many schools of Yoga, you are practicing Hatha Yoga, and you are already choosing positive mental health. Your decision to practice Yoga emerges from your own reservoir of…
In a randomized and controlled, mixed-methods study conducted at the University of Virginia, Patricia Kinser and her colleagues compared an 8-week yoga intervention with an attention-control group focused on health and wellness. While both decreased symptoms of major depression in the 27 women enrolled in the study, the yoga group had a unique trend in…
Let’s get out of the habit of saying, “I am depressed.” The “I” that is truly who you are is not depressed, but depression may be visiting. In fact, you might even feel that depression has moved in and set up housekeeping. It may be hard to separate the “I” that you are from the…
Join Amy Weintraub author of Yoga or Depression and Yoga Skills for Therapists as she leads you through a LifeForce Yoga practice for depression and lethargy. This practice, using mudra and mantra, will help you feel more energized in just minutes. For additional free mood management practices click here.
“I gained tools for working with my own depression and with my clients’ depressions.” — Robert Sgona, LCSW, RYT, psychotherapist, Yoga teacher, Camden, ME.
“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
“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 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
“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 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
“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
“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 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 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 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
“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 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
“Words do not do justice to all that I learned. This workshop changed my life!” — Jen Nolan, Teacher, Cortland, NY
“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 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 gained perspective of who I am in the world and this will change my life significantly.” — Mary Ford, artist, Southport, CT
“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 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
“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 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
“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.