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…
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….
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…
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…
If you don’t take care of yourself, you will get sick. Yet, how often do you feel guilty for taking care of yourself? It’s time to learn how to practice guilt-free self-care! A friend recently told me that he was exhausted, but when he tried to rest, he felt anxious and guilty over not doing…
Wouldn’t it be nice to feel less stress in life? Not only can meditation you reduce your perceived stress, you can change the way your brain views the world around you! Life is not inherently stressful, nor is it good or bad. Life just is. The way we view the life determines how we feel…
Join Rose Kress, Alyce Wellons, and Kathleen Williams as they discuss the best practices for mental health. Rose, Alyce, and Kathleen have over 25 years of experience incorporating LifeForce Yoga into clinical and yoga settings. They share the LifeForce Yoga practices that they have had the most success with in their respective practices. Learn some…
We are so very excited to announce that LifeForce Yoga now has a monthly membership option to support your mental wellness. For the past year, we have been exploring possible options for delivering a monthly yoga class to everyone. We finally found the one that works! It has been Rose’s dream to more fully support…
Hi, my name is Rose, and I am a perfectionist. And I am just starting down the road to recovery. My whole life I have let my perfectionism keep me from completing and sometimes even starting tasks. I do well under pressure and deadlines often bring out the best in me, so I let myself…
Practices and techniques to help you clear the emotional clutter from your mind, space, and energy field. When we work with others, we are taught to open ourselves and our energy fields to what another is experiencing. For us, that means that we often “take on” what has been released, especially if you are an…
Yogic Breathing Instruction in Patients with Treatment-Resistant Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Pilot Study. This study looked at the efficacy of using yogic breathing techniques in patients with treatment-resistant generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) in a mental health services setting. 9 participating patients received yoga breathing training and practice for 12 weeks, in addition to their regular treatment….
In this month’s Essential Oils for Emotional well-being we delve into Bergamot, a citrus oil known as the Oil of Self-Acceptance. In the video, Rose Kress shares information about the emotional and spiritual aspects of Bergamot oil, as well as two interesting research studies. Bergamot is uplifting and brigtening in nature. Smelling the oil is…
“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
“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
“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
“Words do not do justice to all that I learned. This workshop changed my life!” — Jen Nolan, Teacher, Cortland, NY
“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.
“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 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 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
“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
“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
“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
“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 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
“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.
“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 gained tools for working with my own depression and with my clients’ depressions.” — Robert Sgona, LCSW, RYT, psychotherapist, Yoga teacher, Camden, ME.
“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 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
“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