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LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training for Depression and Anxiety – Level 1

with Rose Kress, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, LFYP-2, YACEP and Rickie Simpson, Ph.D., APRN-CNS, E-RYT 200, C-IAYT

March 31 - April 7, 2019

LifeForce Yoga® is 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 increase self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-esteem, and ability to cope
  • Discuss techniques that your clients and students can do at home
  • Practice methods for self-care

Training Information

Please read Amy Weintraub’s Yoga for Depression before the course.
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 Level 1 and Level 2

Books are available for purchase online at Integral Yoga Distribution.

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities


This program helped me to have techniques that are effective and immediate for clients who have high levels of anxiety with panic, OCD, MDD, and even self-harming behaviors. — Meagan Simms

This as an excellent training that provided many tools for use not just in LifeForce Yoga sessions, but in teaching other sessions as well. — Joanne Preece

I learned lots of ways to reduce the anxiety and depression of my patients and myself. — Aviva Sinvany-Nubel, PhD, APN, CNSC, RN

My life is already changed! I will use the tools I learned in my own practice and in my work. I feel safe and seen. — Susan Andrea Weiner, MA

An Interview with the Author of Yoga Skills for Therapists


Rose Kress, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, LFYP-2, YACEP
Rose, began practicing Yoga in 1994 and has been teaching Yoga since 2004, focusing on the therapeutic aspects of Yoga—for the body, mind, and soul. Rose teaches classes and workshops throughout the Tucson, AZ, area and has been blessed to teach at The Crossings in Austin, TX, at Yogaville in Buckingham, VA, at Kripalu in Lenox, MA, and at Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas with the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training Program. She has also presented at a number of Yoga Festivals in Arizona. Rose integrates LifeForce Yoga techniques into therapeutic Yoga for back pain, cancer, pulmonary disease, structural wellness, and…
Learn more about Rose Kress, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, LFYP-2, YACEP
Rickie Simpson, Ph.D., APRN-CNS, E-RYT 200, C-IAYT
Rickie Simpson, Ph.D., APRN-CNS, C-IAYT, BCPCC, E-RYT 200, LFYP-2/Mentor, 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. Dr. Simpson is certified as a Yoga therapist, a Coherence Therapist, an Imago Relationship Therapist, a Professional Christian Counselor, a LifeForce Yoga Practitioner 2/Mentor, a 200-hr Yoga teacher, a Phoenix Rising Yoga therapist, and a hypnotherapist. She belongs to the International Association of Practitioners of Encounter-centered Couples Therapy and is also one of the primary international investigators for evaluating…
Learn more about Rickie Simpson, Ph.D., APRN-CNS, E-RYT 200, C-IAYT

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