In addition to an update of current research and news that includes a free guided meditation for anxiety, I want to tell you about a recent health scare I’ve had. I think it is important to share with you, because pre-diabetes has actually become a silent national epidemic. According to Dr. John Douillard, pre-diabetes (80…
This issue has new research that demonstrates the effectiveness of yoga practice as compared to physical therapy for those suffering from chronic lower back pain, as well as great news about yoga’s efficacy for those suffering from dementia and their caregivers. There are reviews of two new books and news about a training format change that provides a distance-learning alternative for the level one LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training for health and yoga professionals.
Greetings, There’s new research below on yoga nidra, and an interesting study that compares the effects of therapeutic yoga with mindfulness on stress in the workplace. It turns out that both interventions work well, far better than doing nothing at all! LifeForce Yoga practitioner, Sherry Rubin, LICSW, does a beautifully balanced review of the controversial…
Research is the focus of this issue, with reports on yoga and mood in breast cancer patients, as well as a study that validates the effects of Om chanting on the limbic brain. There are two studies that compare styles of yoga & meditation practices and their effect on mood, and a surprising result from a new study on a breathing practice that is known to be effective with depression. Turns out it decreases anxiety too! Read reviews of new books and CDs to support you and your clients in sustaining optimum mental health.
Read on for research on Mind-Body Programs for Trauma Survivors; reviews of River of Sound: Chants for Awakening & Balancing the Chakras by Rama Jyoti Vernon, Yawning Yoga: A Goodnight Book for a Good Night’s Sleep By Laurie Jordan, and the Trauma Sensitive Yoga DVD by Beth Jones.
Read 4 new research summaries on yoga and mental health, including a discussion of Irest yoga nidra For Combat-Related PTSD, Your Brain On Yoga, and how yoga reduces insomnia in post-menopausal women. Read reviews of Danna Fauld’s new memoir Into the Heart of Yoga: One Woman’s Journey, and two new yoga nidra iRest CDs with Richard Miller and Kelly Boys,
Read a brief summary of research on yoga and fibromyalgia and reviews of Overcoming Trauma through Yoga: Reclaiming Your Body by David Emerson and Elizabeth Hopper, PhD and Yoga for Emotional Balance: Simple Practices to Help Relieve Anxiety and Depression by Bo Forbes, Psy.D.
Read research on yoga’s effect on mood in high school students, and its effect on symptoms of schizophrenia, plus a review of James Gordon, MD’s book Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression.
Read 4 research reports on validation of ancient descriptions of meditative states, how yoga seems to benefit elderly patients with dementia, and how yogic breathing is shown to heighten alertness. Also included in this newsletter are reviews of a collection of yoga poems edited by Betsy Small, new books by Lama Surya Das and James Baraz, and a CD of guided relaxations for children by Mira Binzen.
Read 5 research reviews including two about the risks of antidepressants for stroke and also for breast and ovarian cancer and summaries of studies on yoga’s benefits for stroke prevention and pain reduction. Also in this issue reviews of 2 books by Ayurvedic doctor John Douillard — Yoga Body Diet and his Colorado Cleanse.
Read a summary of a new study that investigates the effects of the mindfulness-meditation based stress reduction (MBSR) program on adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, a report on Aetna Insurance’s investigation of yoga as a means to cut health costs and a review of The Tenth Door: An Adventure Through the Jungles of Enlightenment by Michele Hébert.
“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 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
“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 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
“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 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.
“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 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
“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 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 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 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.
“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 perspective of who I am in the world and this will change my life significantly.” — Mary Ford, artist, Southport, CT
“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 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 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 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 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 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 gained tools for working with my own depression and with my clients’ depressions.” — Robert Sgona, LCSW, RYT, psychotherapist, Yoga teacher, Camden, ME.