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Trauma-Informed Practices To Restore Your Nervous System: a YOGA FOR YOUR MOOD Workshop at Kripalu.

Is there a part of you that sabotages your best intentions for remaining calm, experiencing joy, or being kind? Do you to feel comfortable in your body? Restoring balance to your emotional and physical bodies will increase your resilience to all that life brings.

Join acclaimed yoga therapist and founder of the LifeForce Yoga® Healing Institute, Amy Weintraub, and certified yoga therapist, spiritual director, and author, Joanne Spence, for a program that helps you shift your mood and soothe the fearful parts of you that can hijack your nervous system.

Through experiential sessions, you will discover

  • Pranayama and kriya, breathing techniques, that regulate the emotions
  • Meditations that lift the mood and/or quell anxiety
  • Sankalpa, affirmations
  • Bhavana, guided visualizations
  • Mantras, tones, that deepen the experience
  • Mudras, hand gestures, that affect different areas of the chakra system and the body

LifeForce Yoga interweaves ancient disciplines with current scientific findings to help you release what no longer serves you and become the agent of your own healing. Amy’s techniques work to not only shift your mood but they may change your life. After experiencing firsthand the relief that yoga provides, Amy dedicated her career to helping others who suffer from mood disorders like depression and anxiety. Nearly twenty five years of research, thirty years of practice, and Amy’s recovery from a debilitating depression inform this protocol of evidence-based yoga practices.

Recommended reading/listening/viewing: Amy Weintraub’s YOGA FOR YOUR MOOD card deck, Yoga for Depression and Yoga Skills for Therapists, LifeForce Yoga to Beat the Blues—Levels 1 & 2 (DVDs), and LifeForce Yoga® CD Series; Tami Simon, (Ed.), Darkness Before Dawn: Redefining the Journey Through Depression.

CEUs available. For all levels including beginners. For all bodies, including students, yoga therapists, and mental health professionals.



Joanne Spence, RYT 500, C-IAYT

Joanne published her book, Trauma-Informed Yoga: A Toolbox for Therapists in 2021. The gentle and subtle aspects of yoga has helped calm her overly busy mind, soothe her nervous system, and heal her body after a debilitating car accident 20 years ago. She is a certified yoga therapist with specialized training from Amy Weintraub (LifeForce Yoga), Susi Hately (Functional Synergy), Kristine Weber (Subtle Yoga) and Jill Miller (Yoga Tune-Up).  Joanne is a Life Force Practitioner II and serves as a mentor for the LifeForce Yoga Institute. This style of yoga focuses on managing depression and anxiety with mindful movement, breathing and sound.  Joanne has combined these credentials with her clinical social work background and worked as the first yoga instructor at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, one of the largest inpatient psychiatric hospitals in the US.  Joanne is also member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and the Yoga Service Council.

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Amy Weintraub, MFA, E-RYT 500, YACEP, C-IAYT

Amy Weintraub, MFA, E-RYT 500, YACEP, C-IAYT, is the founder of LifeForce Yoga® and a pioneer in the field of yoga and mental health. She is the author of Yoga for Depression (Broadway Books) and Yoga Skills for Therapists (W.W. Norton) and numerous magazine articles and book chapters. She often collaborates with therapists to offer yoga-integrated programs to assist mental health professionals. She has been a consultant for research on the impact of Yoga on mood, and the evidence-based Yoga protocols for depression and anxiety she developed are used in therapeutic settings internationally and are featured on award-winning audio-visual products for mood management.

Amy’s latest offering, Yoga for Your Mood Deck: 52 Ways to Shift Depression and Anxiety, by Sounds True/Macmillan is available now! Her award-winning novel Temple Dancer, set in India in the 1940’s and in current day USA, is available everywhere, including Audible.