Sankalpa (spiritual intention) is the foundation for sustained growth and change in your life. It emerges from the heart’s prayer. Spiritual intention connects your yoga practice to your daily life and inspires your daily practice. However, uncovering your sankalpa is not always easy. It may be difficult to hear the heart speak when it feels…
I don’t usually watch the news, but today (Dec 19, 2016) drew my attention. Tragedy in Berlin, Turkey, the ongoing war in Syria and Aleppo, the political strife in the U.S., all happening during the holidays. I know that I get drawn into the news when a lot is happening. I end up switching around…
I don’t believe that suffering is always redemptive, that we always get a significant and potentially healing take away. Some losses are irredeemable. Certainly the Nazi Holocaust did not have a “bright side,” nor did suffering In Rwanda or Aleppo or the abduction of 276 school girls in Nigeria. Kenneth Lonergan’s profoundly moving new film,…
‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding. — Alice Walker Gratitude comes from the Latin word gratus, which means “pleasing” or “thankfulness” (Merriam-Webster). The practice of gratitude is showing or expressing thankfulness for the gifts and lessons that are…
On October 16, Rose was the featured guest on The Depression Session hosted by Laura Milkins. The Depression Session is a weekly radio show (and podcast) broadcast in Tucson, AZ, dedicated to de-stigmatizing depression through storytelling. Listen as Rose shares the story of her depression and how it led her to support others suffering with…
Stair Step Breath (anuloma and viloma krama) is a core practice in LifeForce Yoga. This version of Stair Step combines breath and imagery to gently energize while focusing the mind. Use stair step breath in bed to help wake you up, in the afternoon as a short break, before meetings, after interactions, at the beginning…
Summer season is officially over, vacations have ended, and school is back in session. Like all transitions, this time can be exciting AND challenging. It means we must “adapt, adjust and accommodate,” as we move from a familiar pattern to a new reality. Yoga teaches us that even in the midst of great upheaval, where…
Join LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute Director Rose Kress, as she leads a 1 hour LifeForce Yoga practice. This class will support you in balancing your mood. We practice setting intention, breathing, movement, sound, body sensing and a short relaxation. This class ends with the chant Atma Hrdaye (words and translation found below). Ātma hŗdaye…
In this issue we focus on a new book about adaptive yoga, so important now that people come to yoga for therapeutic reasons—not just for enlightenment! We also talk pleasure in telling you about an important study, recently published in the Journal for Anxiety and Depression, that compares yoga therapy (individual sessions rather than group classes) with treatment as usual for anxiety and depression.
Amy Weintraub is the author of Yoga for Depression and Yoga Skills for Therapists. I was first introduced to her work when my dear friend, who is a yoga teacher, invited me to join her on a two day introductory training with Amy. I was thrilled that this was something I could attend – I…
When we’re on retreat in a natural setting, there’s an effortless ease in doing the practices that clear our space, that open us to our eternal, boundary-less, limitless connection to the Infinite, the Self, that abides in us all. But what about those times when we’re moving through the world of commerce and politics and…
“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 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 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 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
“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 gained perspective of who I am in the world and this will change my life significantly.” — Mary Ford, artist, Southport, 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
“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 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
“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 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
“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.
“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
“Words do not do justice to all that I learned. This workshop changed my life!” — Jen Nolan, Teacher, Cortland, NY
“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 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 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 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 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 gained tools for working with my own depression and with my clients’ depressions.” — Robert Sgona, LCSW, RYT, psychotherapist, Yoga teacher, Camden, ME.
“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 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