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Issue 27

Late Spring 2010 LifeForce Yoga Logo Greetings! I’m grateful for the support I received from so many of you as I taught in my boot-cast this last month at mental health conferences in Phoenix and Washington, DC and led the first LIfeForce Yoga Practitioner Training for Depression & Anxiety at the Sivananda Ashram in the…

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Issue 26

Early Spring 2010 Some of you heard that I had foot surgery. Thank you for your kind wishes for my speedy recovery. I’m not walking yet, but on my 3rd day out, I practiced yoga and did a little belly pumping kriya to get things moving again. It worked! What I appreciate most ~ Smokey’s…

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Issue 25

Winter/2009 LifeForce Yoga There are some wonderful new books that arrived on my desk in time for gift-giving season. Reading them this month has been a gift I’ve given myself. I’ve been reading books about Yoga and chronic pain, the neuroscience of happiness, and integrating mindfulness into pyschotherapy by new authors, most of them psychologists…

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Issue 24

Late Fall/2009 LifeForce Yoga How do we welcome feelings of anticipation or even excitement–a vacation, a new relationship, a new project–without creating expectations that are bound to be disappointed? I’m one of those people who dives in with enthusiasm. What I’ve found that keeps expectations in check, is to allow a complete embracing of the…

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Issue 23

LifeForce Yoga® for Depression News & Research Issue: #23 August/2009 As I was preparing this newsletter, my beloved father, Milton “Mickey” Weintraub, died at 91, after a long and fulfilling life. Even as I grieve him deeply, I am nourished by the sound of his voice, saying the special name he had for me. I…

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Issue 22

LifeForce Yoga® for Depression News & Research Issue #22 Spring Summer/2009 Feeling lonely can be bad for your health. Current scientific findings tell us that a sense of loneliness or isolation, regardless of the size of our social networks, is not only a source of depression but that it actually changes our genes. Lonely people…

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Issue 21

“When I look inside and see that I am empty, that is wisdom. When I look outside and see that I am everything, that is love. Between those two, my life turns.” ~Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj For many years, I wondered if there was a way to reconcile the Buddhist notion of emptiness with my own…

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Issue 20

LifeForce Yoga® for Depression News & Research Issue #20 Winter/2008 This is a special announcement to let you know about several new resources (including my own) that support optimum mental health through Yoga and a just-published outcome study measuring the LiFeForce Yoga protocol’s effect on mood. In terms of resources, two wonderful new books that…

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Issue 19

LifeForce Yoga® for Depression News & Research Issue #19 Fall/2008 Life brings us challenges: recently, one of our dear LifeForce Yoga® Practitioners lost her twenty-year-old daughter in a car accident in which drugs were involved. Grief is present, of course, along with feelings of remorse–what could I have done differently? But when she sits in…

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Issue 18

LifeForce Yoga® for Depression News & Research Issue: # 18 Spring/Summer 2008 “Take your practiced powers and stretch them out until they span the chasm between two contradictions…” ~Ranier Maria Rilke Decisions, decisions! Do they produce anxiety for You? Sometimes they do for me. Not making a decision is always a decision in the long…

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Issue 17

LifeForce Yoga® for Depression News & Research Issue: # 17 Winter/2008 The other day, a friend called and asked me to look at her list of characteristics for the perfect soul mate she was “attracting” into her life. Even if making the list helps manifest the partner my friend is seeking (and it may), will…

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Issue 16

LifeForce Yoga® for Depression News & Research Issue: #16 Winter – 2007/2008 In This Issue PRACTICE TIP NEWS: Upcoming Events NEWS: Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research RESEARCH: Surrender May be Good for Your Health CALENDAR MEDIA REVIEW: Moontides REVIEW: Meditate RESOURCES – LifeForce Yoga® to Beat the Blues RESOURCES Namasté! I honor the light…

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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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“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
“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
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