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.
• Pranayama and kriya breathing techniques
that regulate the
• 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
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).
EVENING: 7:30 to 9:30pm
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.
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.
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.
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,
obvious love of Yoga shines through in every moment. This is a
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
The outdoor setting creates a feeling of expansiveness, and its
tranquility helps us stay focused on Amy’s clear demonstrations.”
–Yvonne Pwequera, LA
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
"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
"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
"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,
"My personal practice will change, as well as my yoga classes. I
have a better understanding of yoga!"
—Andrea Gattuso, RYT, Yoga Teacher, Hackettstown,
"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.