My heart is full of love, and excitement, and my head is in a tizzy!
Next week, I will be seeing my beloved daughter and three grandchildren, the third of whom I have only met on video calls. Over these past 18 months, they have celebrated birthdays, graduations, recitals and other momentous events. Since they live in Canada, I have missed out on it all. Finally, after so many missed moments, we’ll reunite for 6 days on Coney Island! Will I be able to keep up with their buoyant little-kid energy and enthusiasms? My daughter is competent, so I trust her to arrange their Kosher food needs, as I usually screw up some of that. I also don’t dress as modestly as their practice requires of them, so they will have to deal with a brazen granny dressed in yoga clothes, shorts and sandals, and a scandalous one-piece bathing suit!
As I contemplate the visit and the energy required, I take a deep breath and visualize my granddaughters laughing at the beach, scampering in the waves, on the merry-go-round, and napping beside me. I see myself holding my new grandson and playing the yoga games that made his sisters laugh. I know the visit will have its ups and downs—its darker moments and its radiant ones. Life is like that. I also know I have the tools to come into balance when worry gets the better of me.
Many of you have already had your own reunions, and you have likely realized one of the spiritual truths I live by: “expectations are the source of our suffering.” Even as I envision our happy moments, I practice letting them go in favor of embracing what arises. I prepare myself with my daily practice, one of which I share here:
As ever, gratitude flows. To those of you who have read, shared, and commented on my new novel Temple Dancer, I offer deep gratitude.
Yoga for Your Mood: 52 Ways to Shift Depression and Anxiety, releases from Sounds True on August 10th! To those of you who have pre-ordered thank you!
I will be practicing many of these “52 Ways” as I prepare for and manage my trip to Brooklyn. I’ll stand firm in Mountain Pose, breathing “I have everything I need to manage my life” from feet to crown and back down to the earth.
I hope all is well in your world. Drop a line and let me know how you are, and stand by for Facebook pix!
This online workshop will guide you through evidence-based Yoga practices for managing your mood. Accessible for all levels, including beginners. Health professionals and Yoga teachers will learn techniques not regularly taught in Yoga classes to help their clients focus, relax, and have greater access to their feelings.
You will come away feeling refreshed, renewed, and excited about incorporating new tools into your home, teaching, or clinical practice to bring balance to the emotional and physical body.
Live sessions with Amy on Saturday at 10:30 am–12:30 pm and 2–4 pm, and Sunday at 10:30 am–12:30 pm ET.
In addition, you will have access to two 1.5-hour recorded Yoga classes with Amy—one for depressed mood and one for anxious mood—as well as the Ashram’s Live Hatha Yoga classes at 5 pm ET, recorded Ashram meditations, and inspiring talks with Sri Swami Satchidananda. You will also have access to an online social community to connect and communicate with other participants about this course. Video recordings are accessible for 8 weeks after the program ends, until November 28. More Here
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LifeForce Yoga for Depression & Anxiety Immersion
Join Amy LIVE ONLINE for the Yoga for Depression and Anxiety module of the Inner Peace Yoga Therapy training program, with the individual weekend rate.
This program is open to everyone; it may be of specific interest to yoga teachers, bodyworkers, and healthcare professionals.
Traditional yoga has understood what current research in neurobiology and clinical observations are demonstrating — that, we CAN manage our moods, working with body and breath-based practices. This training, incorporates breathing, postures, meditation techniques and other experiential yogic tools for mood management that work therapeutically with individuals and groups.
LifeForce Yoga interweaves the power of an ancient discipline with current scientific findings to help you release what’s no longer serving you! Explore evidence-based yogic tools, designed to
- Energize and elevate depressed moods
- Relax and calm anxiety
- Work with the chakra system
- Bring balance to your emotional body
Recommended reading/listening/viewing: Amy Weintraub’s Yoga for Depression and Yoga Skills for Therapists, LifeForce Yoga to Beat the Blues—Levels 1 & 2 (DVD), and LifeForce Yoga® CD Series; Tami Simon, (Ed.), Darkness Before Dawn: Redefining the Journey Through Depression.