I have been privileged to study with some wonderful and wise teachers; ever so grateful to have developed friendships with them. I completed Amy Weintraub's first LifeForce Yoga training for yoga teachers and mental health professionals in 2004 and completed the Level II training in 2011. For the past four years I have assisted her in teaching at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, The Cape Cod Institute and at The Psychotherapy Networker Symposium. Through working with Amy, I have seen the results first hand: literally hundreds of people have been helped by these ancient teachings and practices. On a personal note, I can attest to the benefits of these practices, as they have become a consistent part of my life and well-being.
LifeForce Yoga® is intentionally designed to work with and manage the mood. This practice is the culmination of the journey toward Amy's recovery from her own depression. The yogic practices utilized can include asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing), mantra (sound), and mudra (hand gestures), sankalpa (heart-felt desire) and bhavana (visualization). LifeForce Yoga® strategies are used with anyone who is interested in experiencing the benefits of these ancient practices. There are many breathing practices that are taught in the office that clients can practice at home. Anyone interested in learning yoga or integrating these techniques into their own existing practice can request personal sessions for this purpose. Sangha (community) strengthens connection, another antidote to depression. Learning and practicing in monthly classes that I offer is very helpful.
"I was feeling a bit overwhelmed and anxious, even woke up with a few unexpected panic attacks the night before class. Sherry's guidance through gentle, and at the same time powerful yoga poses, breathing techniques, mudras and mantra chants, calmed me and energized me in a way that I hadn't imagined. I didn't have the energy or know how to "change" my mood, yet Sherry's guidance gently moved me to a place of calm, and I felt much better after the class. That night, I slept peacefully. Sherry's extensive knowledge of yoga nidra and how yoga is helpful in managing moods is a gift to all who attend."
See http://www.yogafordepression.com/IJYT-2008-Bennett.pdf for research that supports the efficacy of LifeForce® Yoga.
"You can't have a kinder, wiser guide down life's rocky path than therapist and LifeForce Yoga® practitioner Sherry Rubin. Trained in East/West healing modalities, Sherry is a trusted mentor and senior faculty member in LifeForce Yoga® workshops and trainings and participants love her"!
--Amy Weintraub, Founder of LifeForce Yoga® and author of Yoga for Depression
and Yoga Skills for Therapists
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