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Best Practices for Mental Health

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…

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NEW LifeForce Yoga Memberships!

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…

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Bergamot for Self-Acceptance

Bergamot oil for Self-Acceptance

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…

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The Most Important Practice You Need to Know

This week Rose comes to us from the LifeForce Yoga Trauma Specialist & Self-Care Mastery Program in Tucson. She is joined by a special guest, Jackrabbit! Self-care is the most important practice that we can engage in. It is how we take care of our soul! As the saying goes, “you cannot fill from an…

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Live Meditation Practice from the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training

During LifeForce Yoga training programs and retreats, we chant the Gayatri Mantra. This chant is about connecting with our own inner illumination. In this live recording of a meditation session, led by Rose Kress on January 28th, 2018, includes Gayatri Mantra as well as the LifeForce Yoga Chakra Clearing Meditation – Calming version. Below you…

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Psychotherapy Networker Symposium: Clinician Linda Curran Interviews Amy Weintraub

At the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium this year, clinician Linda Curran interviewed me about practices adapted for the treatment room. In this short video, I explain why we’ve adapted an ancient yogic breathing practice, calling it Stair-step breath, for clinical use, and why it might be more effective for a yoga-naïve client than other practices to…

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Rose Kress Interview on You Call This Yoga

Rose Kress, LifeForce Yoga Director, is interviewed by Dr. Howie Shareff, Executive Director of Yoga Call This Yoga. In this interview, Rose & Howie talk about the portability and accessibility of LifeForce Yoga. Within LifeForce Yoga, there is a practice for every person! Experience three practice pearls interspersed throughout the interview as well as one…

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Setting a Spiritual Intention

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…

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LifeForce Yoga Class with Rose Kress

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…

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Research Newsletter Issue 69: Book Review on Adaptive Yoga, and New Validating Research on Yoga for Mood

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.

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What People Say

“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 gained perspective of who I am in the world and this will change my life significantly.” — Mary Ford, artist, Southport, CT
“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 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 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
“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
“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 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 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
“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.
“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 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 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.
“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 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.
“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 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 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 gained tools for working with my own depression and with my clients’ depressions.” — Robert Sgona, LCSW, RYT, psychotherapist, Yoga teacher, Camden, ME.
“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
“Words do not do justice to all that I learned. This workshop changed my life!” — Jen Nolan, Teacher, Cortland, 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 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
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