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Conversations with Amy Weintraub Part 3: Aging

In Part 3 of Conversations with Amy Weintraub by geo geller, Amy discusses aging and how her yoga practice has been impacted. Physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of aging. How older students feel about starting yoga in the latter half of their life. The power of practicing yoga in group and how oxytocin and…

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Meditative Styles of Yoga Have Greatest Effect on Mood

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….

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Conversations with Amy Weintraub: How Yoga Saved My Life Part 2

“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…

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Conversations with Amy Weintraub Part 1: How Yoga Saved My Life

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…

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“Risks of Yoga”–Taking it Slow

In a recent blog centered around the current “risks of yoga” controversy, New York Times science editor and author of The Science of Yoga, William J. Broad is keeping our attention on an important issue—the possibility that hip troubles are affecting women with an active yoga practice. I agree with Broad on this issue.  I…

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Interview with Amy Weintraub & Rose Kress

  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…

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LifeForce Yoga in Psychotherapy

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…

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Amy Invites You to the Tucson LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training! Watch the Video…

Join us in Tucson, January 12 – 19, 2014, for the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training – Level 1, for yoga teachers and health care professionals. Participants will experience evidence-based practices for mood management. Each day begins with an early morning practice of yoga, meditation, breathing practices and chanting. The day continues with two 3 hour…

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LifeForce Yoga in Mental Health: Western vs. Eastern Approaches by Debbie Lubetkin, PhD

We would like to welcome guest blogger Deborah Lubetkin, Psy.D., RYT-200, LFYP Mentor.  Deborah is a Licensed Psychologist with a private practice in NJ for 18 years. She became certified as a LifeForce Yoga practitioner, Level 1 in 2009, returning to complete her Level 2 certification in 2011. Deborah’s practice incorporates Eastern philosophy with the challenges…

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Reducing Anxiety in a Multi-level-fitness-oriented Yoga Class – A Yoga Teacher’s Perspective

We are pleased to welcome guest blogger Barbara Sherman, RYT 200.  Barbara is a LifeForce Yoga Practitioner, Level 2. She lives in Oro Valley, Arizona, where she teaches community classes, offers private yoga sessions and is adjunct faculty at Pima Community College, teaching yoga in the Fitness and Wellness Department. Barbara holds a Masters in…

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Uninostril Breathing Does Effect Hemispheric Balance

Senior Yoga Researcher Shirley Telles, PhD, and her colleagues have corroborated previous research to show that not only does breathing through one nostril effect the autonomic nervous system as established in previous studies–i.e., left nostril breathing stimulates parasympathetic activity for a calming effect while right nostril breathing stimulates sympathetic activity for a stimulating effect, but…

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Yoga in Talk Therapy – A New Way to Practice

Every March, for the past ten years, I’ve lead practices on and off the mat at the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, a mind-expanding four days of workshops, keynotes, dancing and schmoozing with old friends in Washington, DC. Many of the participants in the breakout sessions, the pre-conference workshop and the yoga and meditations I’ve led at…

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What People Say

“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
“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 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.
“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 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.
“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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
“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
“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 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 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
“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
“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 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 gained perspective of who I am in the world and this will change my life significantly.” — Mary Ford, artist, Southport, CT
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 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
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