Psychotherapy Networker Symposium 2020
March 19 - March 22
Amy Weintraub returns to lead TWO vibrant workshops, in addition to her daily morning yoga classes and afternoon meditations.
Calming Practices for Anxious Times: Yoga in the Therapy Room, No Mat Required!
Spend a day engaging in soothing yoga practices to both support you in your day-to-day work and share with clients to enhance their own self-care and healing journeys. These evidence-based practices from LifeForce Yoga can reduce traumatic responses and high levels of anxiety by helping to move into the parasympathetic nervous system, stimulate the vagal nerve, and find moments of deep rest and contentment through simple breathing practices, guided meditations, and accessible movements.
Throughout this day of self-care, you will explore how to:
- Evaluate breathing patterns to assess emotional states, and shift them with a yoga-based practice
- Instantly bring an anxious state into balance at any point in the day with a breath practice, hand gesture, or sound
- Teach clients new ways to self-regulate and self-soothe with postures that bring about a sense of being grounded and attuned to your body
- Develop a regular meditation practice that calms the mind, body, and emotions
Yoga for Trauma Recovery
As yoga continues to proliferate around the world, it’s important that therapists understand which practices can benefit clients struggling with complex trauma and PTSD, and which can actually worsen symptoms. LifeForce Yoga, designed for a clinical setting, can support your work by offering calming practices that can interrupt a panic attack, offset a flashback, and soothe a hyperaroused amygdala. Explore specific techniques to dial down tensions in the treatment room, bringing couples, families, and individuals back into balance and helping them productively engage in therapy and with each other. You’ll discover how to help clients:
- Respond to a panic attack by applying sound and breath techniques that gently but effectively calm the nervous system
- Use powerful, personal imagery to manage trauma-related flashbacks in the moment
- Apply hand gestures, called mudras, to create a parasympathetic response and reduce fight-flight-or-freeze reactions
- Self-regulate and self-soothe with gentle, accessible movements that increase heart rate variability and balance the autonomic nervous system
Amy Weintraub, MFA, E-RYT 500, YACEP, C-IAYT
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.