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LifeForce Yoga to Manage Your Mood
A WEEKEND with Amy Weintraub, MFA, E-RYT 500
Author of Yoga for Depression

January 25-27, 2008

for the weekend
($200 if registered before December 25, 2007)


Yoga Alliance CEUs
10 hours Philosophy, Lifestyle & Ethics, 4 hours techniques
In Yoga, one shoe doesn’t fit all—all bodies, all levels of experience, all moods.  Learn how to assess the mood—yours and your students, and design a menu of practices to meet you where you are.  LifeForce Yoga interweaves the power of an ancient discipline with current scientific findings.  In a safe and accepting environment, you'll learn yogic strategies that can help you maintain your optimum mental health and methods to safely release chronically held tension and repressed emotion in the physical and emotional body.

We’ll practice:
•  Pranayama and kriya breathing techniques
that regulate the emotions
•  Meditations that lift the mood
•  Creating Affirmation (samkalpa)
•  Guided Visualizations (bhavana)
•  Tones that regulate the emotions (mantras)
•  Hand gestures that affect different areas of the chakra
    system and the body (mudras)

•  Yoga asanas suitable for beginners

You’ll leave feeling refreshed and renewed, with ancient strategies to revitalize your practice and manage your mood. Psychotherapists, health professionals, and yoga teachers will learn techniques they can use to help their clients focus, relax, and have greater access to their feelings.

Suggested Reading: Yoga for Depression: A Compassionate Guide to Relieve Suffering Through Yoga (Broadway Books), LifeForce Yoga to Beat the Blues – Level 1 (DVD) Breathe to Beat the Blues (CD).

FRIDAY EVENING: 7:30 to 9:30pm
LifeForce Yoga: Assessing the Mood
Friday evening session will introduce fundamental relationships between mood, your brain, and the breath. You'll learn assessment tools for yourself and others and simple yogic strategies that combine the breath with sound and visualization to meet and manage your mood.  The emphasis will be on pranayama breathing and Nada (sound).  Please do not eat two hours prior to the workshop.

SATURDAY: 10:00am–1:00pm; 2:30pm–5:30pm
LifeForce Yoga:
Meeting the Tamasic (Depressed) Mood

In this workshop, we will explore ways in which we can work with lethargy and depression.  We will explore a yogic method of deep inquiry to help you strip away whatever is blocking the free flow of your energy and your gifts to the world.  You’ll uncover your vision (bhavana) and the sankalpa (intention) to live it.  We’ll begin with restorative practices, simple breathing and visualization.  Then we’ll build to a stronger, more dynamic practice, energizing the body mind and spirit. We’ll end with a restorative practice of Yoga Nidra.  You will leave this workshop feeling refreshed, renewed, and excited about returning to your at-home or teaching practice with new tools to bring balance to the emotional and physical body.
Please do not eat two hours prior to the workshop.
Poses will be accessible for all levels, including beginners.

SUNDAY: 10:00am–1:00pm
LifeForce Yoga: Meeting the Rajasic (anxious) Mood
80% of depression is accompanied by anxiety.  In this workshop, we will meet anxiety based depression and other anxiety disorders with a more vigorous practice of asana, pranayama, kriya, sound, and visualization, burning away the anxious mood.  We’ll then slow down with calming (langhana) practices and Yoga Nidra.

Sunday: 2:30-5:30pm
LifeForce Yoga Chakra Clearing Meditation
In the afternoon, we’ll practice a meditation technique that incorporates mantra, mudra and breath to clear the central energy channel of the body.  We’ll follow with a gentle asana practice that incorporates kriya breathing, mantra, bhavana (visualization), and yoga nidra.  Some Yoga experience required, although modifications will be suggested for beginners.


“LIFEFORCE YOGA TO BEAT THE BLUES, LEVEL I, is a rare gem.  I love it!  Clear and bright, Amy’s obvious love of Yoga shines through in every moment.  This is a DVD that I will enjoy, and continue to learn from, for years to come.”
—Richard Miller, PhD – President,The Center of Timeless Being; author of Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga

“No matter what your mood, Amy’s unique LifeForce Yoga program will bring you balance and joy.  I loved this practice!”
     —Lilias Folan, PBS Host; author, Lilias! Yoga Gets Better with Age

“This is a wonderful testament to self-acceptance, the sentiment at the core of beating the blues.  Although the practice is indicated as Level1, advanced students will find its comprehensiveness engaging.  The outdoor setting creates a feeling of expansiveness, and its tranquility helps us stay focused on Amy’s clear demonstrations.”
–Yvonne Pwequera, LA Yoga

Amy Weintraub picAmy Weintraub, MFA, E-RYT 500, author of Yoga for Depression and founder and director of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute, is a senior Kripalu teacher and mentor; and serves as the LifeForce Facilitator for the Psychotherapy Networker Symposia.  She offers LifeForce Practitioner certification trainings for professionals and LifeForce Yoga workshops throughout North America.  Her own training includes, advanced studies with the Desikar family in North America, Kripalu Center in Lenox, MA, the Lakulish Institute in Gujarat, India, the Vivekanandra Kendra in Bangalore, India, and Vedanta studies at the Narayana Gurukula in Tamil Nadu.  Richard Miller, Ph.D., is her mentor.  Her DVD, LifeForce Yoga to Beat the Blues – Level 1, is the first home practice to directly address mood management. 


“Yoga teacher Amy Weintraub’s new DVD, LifeForce Yoga to Beat the Blues—Level 1 (March 2007), moves you through a gentle sequence of yoga postures, meditations, breathings, and chants designed to lift your spirits and get you ready to play again.”    –Body & Soul

"Amy Weintraub's work is some of the most important in our world today for helping humanity understand more deeply the significance of the mind-body connection. Her insights are inspirational for yoga teachers and all readers. Her in-depth understanding of her subject is an important basis for personal, as well as societal transformation."
—Rama Jyoti Vernon, Founder, American Yoga College

"YOGA FOR DEPRESSION is a godsend: beautifully written, medically accurate, and very practical. I highly recommend it!" 
Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
"Weintraub has written…a sensitive, intelligent, painstaking exploration of the deeper psychospiritual issues that make up the complex experience of depression." 
Phil Catalfo, Yoga Journal

"Amy Weintraub’s Yoga for Depression offers us a powerful and comprehensive guidebook that provides the reader with a precise path for healing from depression. This book belongs in the hands of every person who experiences depression and in the library of every therapist who works with people suffering from depression."
—Richard C. Miller, PhD, author of Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga and founding editor of The International Journal of Yoga Therapy

"It is rare to find such a generous soul, willing to embrace all approaches to yoga, unbiased and yet having intelligent discernment and advice for those searching for help.  Amy offers many guidelines and solutions through yoga, to both those who suffer from depression and to yoga teachers working with them.
"    —Angela Farmer, internationally known master Yoga teacher


Student Testimonials:

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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 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.

"Words do not do justice to all that I learned.  This workshop changed my life!"   
—Jen Nolan, Teacher, Cortland, NY

"Following Amy’s path will certainly change mine and many lives."  
—Vici Williams, therapist, Newport, R.I.

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