• April 3-10, 2016
  • Tuition: $995.00
  • Lodging: $315.00 to $760.00
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with Amy Weintraub, M.F.A., E-RYT 500, Rose Kress ERYT-500, LFYP-2, LFY Educator, Rickie Simpson, RYT, LFP-2, Ph.D.

Learn an empowering, evidence-based Yoga protocol to help your students and clients focus, relax, and have greater access to their feelings. These strategies can safely release chronic physical tension and repressed emotion and are appropriate for a clinical setting. This training interweaves ancient yogic wisdom with current findings in neurobiology.

Through practice, discussion, and teaching demonstrations, you will:

  • Tailor Yoga sessions for dysthymia (chronic depression), anxiety-based depression, PTSD, and bipolar disorder
  • Learn breathing and meditation practices for addressing dysthymia and anxiety-based depression
  • Explore somatic strategies to add to your clinical practice / Yoga classes that increase your clients’ self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-esteem, and ability to cope
  • Discuss techniques that your clients and students can do at home

In the process of learning, you will also be practicing tools for self-care.

Prerequisites: Please read Amy Weintraub’s Yoga for Depression before the course.

This program provides the following CE opportunities:



My patients can now have the same effects as many medications without having to actually take medication! — Deborah Lubetkin, PSY.D, LFYP, West Caldwell, NJ

 I utilize the LFY techniques in both a class room setting and one-on-one environment. The skills have infused my teachings with compassion, mindfulness, and awareness. — Kat Larsen, CYT, LFYP

 This workshop has changed so much — my self-image and my life. My own heart’s desire is 100% clear. I gained tools to help myself and others to live life fully. — Marcia Siegel, Yoga teacher, therapist, Carlsbad, CA.

More Information 

Recommended reading: Amy Weintraub’s Yoga Skills for Therapists

Recommended practice: LifeForce Yoga® CD/DVD series, including Breathe to Beat the Blues and LifeForce Yoga® to Beat the Blues (levels one and two).

About the Instructors

Amy Weintraub is the founding director of the LifeForce Yoga® Healing Institute and has been a pioneer in the field of Yoga and mental health for over twenty years. She is the author of Yoga for Depression and Yoga Skills for Therapists: Effective Practices for Mood Management.

She offers professional trainings and workshops for mental health and Yoga professionals and speaks at medical and psychological conferences internationally. She is involved in ongoing research on the effects of Yoga on mood.

Amy’s evidence-based LifeForce Yoga® protocol is in use in healthcare settings worldwide and is featured on the award-winning CD and the DVD series LifeForce Yoga to Beat the Blues. She edits a newsletter that includes current research, news, and media reviews on Yoga and mental health, archived on www.yogafordepression.com.


Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 9.46.08 AMRickie Simpson is a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist specializing in individual, couples, group, and family therapy. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized faith-consistent approach tailored to each client. She holds certifications as an Imago Relationship Therapist, a LifeForce Yoga Practitioner 2/Mentor and is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200-hour level (E-RYT-200) with the Yoga Alliance.

She belongs to the International Association of Practitioners of Encountered-centered Couples Therapy and maintains a board certification as a Professional Christian Counselor. Dr. Simpson is also one of the primary international investigators for evaluating the efficacy of Encountered-centered Couples Therapy.  She maintains a private practice in Manassas, Virginia. See more at www.rickiesimpson.com.


Rose Kress, E-RYT 500, LFYP-2, LFY Educator, is the Programs and Education Director of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute. She is a LifeForce Yoga mentor and is a trained Yoga therapist.