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New Beginning

Every ending is a new beginning. With 2021 fading into the past, we look forward into 2022. Every day is an opportunity to start living the life you have been dreaming for yourself. When you reach the end of the day and find yourself dissatisfied, you can start again tomorrow. What will you do with…

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Inspiration for Trauma-Informed Yoga by Joanne Spence

Why Joanne Spence, as a LifeForce Yoga Practitioner and mental health specialist, wrote Trauma-Informed Yoga: A toolbox for therapists: 47 simple practices to calm, balance, and restore the nervous system. I remember the early years of working as the first yoga therapist at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC). At the time, I had a…

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Where is the Love?

Where is the love? Have we strayed so far from our hearts that we have forgotten what it feels like to love? We need to get back into connection with our hearts. I wanted to reach out to you and see how you are doing right now. I feel the weight of confusion, suffering, and…

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Yoga Practice for Releasing Grief & Loss using Essential Oils

The devastation of the wildfires goes beyond the animals, trees, homes, and lives that are lost. Those within the path of the fires live with fear, anxiety, and the ever present blanket of ash and smoke. Even beyond the path of the fires, we are living under the haze of smoke. With each breath we…

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Yoga Tools to Boost Your Immunity

Are you worried about Covid-19, the Coronavirus? You are right to be concerned, but that worry might make you more susceptible to getting sick. Instead, take appropriate care, while supporting yourself so that you do not get sick. Stress may be the largest factor in determining if you get sick. When you become stressed, our…

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Self-Esteem and Yoga Nidra: Research

Self-esteem is a sense of confidence and worthiness. A healthy self-esteem is correlates to healthy relationships, achievements, and on overall sense of satisfaction in one’s life. Our level of self-esteem can vary, increasing and decreasing with the messages that we receive AND the ones that repeat to ourselves. Two recent studies show that yoga nidra…

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Newsletter 80: Happy Holidays! Gifts for Spiritual Growth

Happy Holidays? The holiday season can be a happy one, a time for rejoicing, and connecting with family. Even in the most joyful moments, it is also a stressful period. Have you ever noticed that people get more frantic this time of year? We put so much on our lists to make things perfect that we…

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Newsletter 79: Doldrums, Dreams & Self Inquiry in a Long Tucson Summer; Research, Events, Travel

The end of summer can equal a big case of the “I-don’t-wannas!” It is that feeling of lethargy, a lack of motivation to do anything. Think about those times when you have experienced “couch lock,” where you can’t seem to get off the couch. I’m not talking about depression, or hopelessness (although those might play…

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Newsletter 76: Stay Here Now, EMDR, Tropical Training Retreat, Free Webinars, Mantras, and more

My sadness over yet another mass school shooting seems immeasurable and exhausting at the same time. I feel anger, disgust, frustration, grief; so many emotions, and I imagine that you are experiencing something similar. I will not tell you that “everything happens for a reason” or that “we must let this move us into action.”…

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“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 tools for working with my own depression and with my clients’ depressions.” — Robert Sgona, LCSW, RYT, psychotherapist, Yoga teacher, Camden, ME.
“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 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.
“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
“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.
“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 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
“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
“Words do not do justice to all that I learned. This workshop changed my life!” — Jen Nolan, Teacher, Cortland, NY
“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
“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 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 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 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 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 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
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