Learn an evidence-based yoga protocol to help students and clients focus, relax, and have greater access to feeling states. This program for yoga teachers and mental health professionals weaves ancient yogic wisdom with current findings in neurobiology and is Part A of a three-part certification program to become a LifeForce Yoga Practitioner. You will learn strategies appropriate for clinical settings that safely release chronically held physical tension and repressed emotions, as well as experience yoga techniques as tools for self care. Students of Part A will:
• Design one-on-one yoga sessions for dysthymia (chronic depression), anxiety-based depression, PTSD, and bipolar disorder
• Learn breathing and meditation practices for addressing dysthymia and anxiety-based depression
• Learn how to add somatic strategies to clinical practice and yoga classes to increase clients' self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-esteem, and ability to cope
• Experience techniques you can teach your clients and students to do at home
• Practice asanas (postures), pranayama and kriyas (breathing and cleansing), mantra (chanting), bhavana (development of the mind), sankalpa (resolve and intention), mudra (hand gestures), meditation, therapeutic holding of postures and non-dual strategies for working with negative self-talk
• Take home tools and confidence for working with individuals suffering from depression and anxiety.
Required Reading: Yoga for Depression by Amy Weintraub. Recommended: Yoga Skills for Therapists by Amy Weintraub; Practice with LifeForce Yoga DVDs & CDs.
Note: If you are taking this course toward your LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Certification, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Amy Weintraub will be assisted by Rose Kress, RYT-500, a LifeForce Yoga Educator and Mentor and a Functional Yoga Therapist; and Kathy Shafer, PhD, LCSW, E-500RYT, a psychotherapist, educator and LifeForce Yoga Practitioner, nationally known for her work in addictions.