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Navigating Our Wild Sea of Political and Social Media Vrittis 

How do we navigate the tilt towards agitation (rajas) or the list toward lethargy (tamas) in these days darkened by political divisions and the tendency to be washed overboard by the waves of social media? Is it our job as yoga therapists to acknowledge the ghost ship in the room—the socio-political conditions of our timesHow do we help our clients balance the need to remain present to what is arising, without either numbing out or burning in the fire of too much attention to social media? Is it possible to be retraumatized by current events and what we see on our cell phones? Together, we will explore these questions and the LifeForce Yoga practices that can help us remain connected to our own internal compass and set a steady course for those we serve. We will navigate this wild sea with calming, cooling chair-based practices, appropriate in clinical and health care settingsTogether we will practice meeting and releasing the agitation or the lethargy that constricts the koshas, and then balance the body-mind with a secondary practice. Drawn from the lexicon of LifeForce Yoga, the practices can be a window through the vrittis into our own true nature, portal into Self 

Amy is also Sunday’s Plenary Speaker! more info

Recommended reading/listening/viewing Amy Weintraub, 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.

This program is open to everyone; it may be of specific interest to yoga teachers, bodyworkers, and healthcare professionals.

NB: The workshop fulfills the prerequisite for the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training. More info about Training and LFYP Certification here and here.

Amy Weintraub, MFA, ERYT-500, C-IAYT, YACEP

Amy Weintraub, founder of the LifeForce Yoga® Healing Institute and author of the bestselling Yoga for Depression(Broadway Books, 2004) and the ground-breaking Yoga Skills for Therapists: Effective Practices for Mood Management (W.W. Norton, 2012), has been a pioneer in the field of yoga and mental health for over 20 years. She trains health and yoga professionals at notable international venues and offers workshops for everyday practitioners. The LifeForce Yoga® protocol is being used in residential treatment centers, hospitals and by healthcare providers around the world. She is involved in ongoing research on the effects of yoga on mood and has produced an award-winning library of evidence-based yoga and meditation CDs and DVDs for mood management. She edits a newsletter that includes current research, news, and media reviews on Yoga and mental health, archived here.