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LifeForce Yoga practices are supported by current research in psycho-neurobiology and are used in healthcare settings worldwide. The practices help to clear away the obstructions (chronic tensions, constricting beliefs, limiting emotions) that may be keeping your clients from knowing and expressing their authenticity and fullest potential.

Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga for Depression and Yoga Skills for Therapists, will cover evidence-based aspects of yoga effective for managing various psycho-emotional imbalances including depression, panic attacks, trauma and OCD.

Each day will include accessible postures, pranayama breathing, the therapeutic use of mantra, mudra and bhavana (imagery), nondual self-inquiry process and dyads, as well as meditation and guided relaxation. These timeless yoga techniques are appropriate for home practice, yoga classes, yoga therapy and clinical mental health and medical settings.

Enroll Now – Tuition $600

Upon completion of this course you will:

Be prepared to work with clients experiencing anxiety, trauma, OCD, and depression.

Have added a bevy of resources to your teacher toolkit.

Be able to move to Part B of the Life Force Yoga Practitioner Training.

Course Syllabus:

Day 1 – 9:30am – 5:30pm

  • Creating the Safe Container
  • Creating a Therapeutic Setting for the Practice of Yoga
  • Yoga Philosophy of Mental Health
  • LifeForce Yoga to Meet the Tamasic/Depressed Mood
  • Describe and practice Yoga postures and mantra chanting that meet and regulate the depressed mood.
  • Identify and practice evidence-based breathing beneficial in the treatment of depression. (tamasic mood)
  • Yogic Self-Inquiry to dis-identify with negative cognitions
  • Lecture and practice
  • Comparison of Yoga Principles to Western Psychological Concepts
  • Define the three Yogic philosophical principles that support optimum mental health and compare to Western clinical concepts of mental health and illness
  • Describe Yogic strategies for obtaining optimum mental health
  • Explain and describe the evidence-based biochemical changes in the brain as a result of Yoga and meditation in order to explain to clients
  • Lecture, Practice, Case Studies, and Discussion

Day 2 – 9:30am – 5:30pm

  • LifeForce Yoga to Meet the Rajasic/Anxious Mood
  • Visual Imagery as a Remedial Measure for Anxiety and Depression
  • Yogic Tools Using Sound and Sacred Mudras to Calm and Energize

Day 3 – 9:30am – 5:30pm

  • The Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Responses of Yoga Postures
  • Adapting Yoga Practices for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Integration of Yoga Strategies for Mood Management into Clinical Work

Day 4 – 9:30am – 5:30pm

  • Comparison of Biochemical Reactions in the Brain from Traumatic Events to the Experience of Yoga Practice
  • Applying Yoga Strategies to the Treatment of Panic Attacks
  • Apply Yoga-based Meditation to Appropriate Diagnosis with Emphasis on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder
  • Summary of Course Objectives and Final Evaluation

Required Reading:

Yoga for Depression, Amy Weintraub


Elective for 300 Hour

Required for Yoga Therapy Training

Upon completion you will be eligible to register 30 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with Yoga Alliance (YA).

This 4 day training qualifies as Module A for Practitioner Certification through Life Force Yoga. Modules B & C are distance learning. For more information on the Modular LifeForce Yoga Practitioner for Depression & Anxiety Training Click here for More Info!

If you are planning on utilizing this training as Module A of the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training, please contact Rose Kress, Education Director, at LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute for official registration at info@yogafordepression.com. Please note: there is an additional administrative / registration fee of $125 to LifeForce Yoga to have this program counted towards the Practitioner Training.


Amy Weintraub, MFA, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, YACEP, is the founder of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute and has been a pioneer in the field of yoga and mental health for over 20 years. She is the author of Yoga for Depression (Broadway Books) and Yoga Skills for Therapists: Effective Practices for Mood Management (W.W. Norton) and numerous articles and book chapters.  Amy is involved in ongoing research on the impact of Yoga on mood. Her evidence-based Yoga protocol for managing mood is used in health care settings globally and is featured on a number of audio-visual products, including the LifeForce Yoga series, an award-winning library of evidence-based yoga and meditation CDs and DVDs for mood management.  She maintains an archive of news and research on, www.yogafordepression.com.

Allie Middleton, JD, LCSW, C-IAYT, E-RYT, LFYP-2 has been practicing yoga and meditation for 40 years. After a diverse business career leading innovative start-ups in New York City, she began to commit her life and work to energy healing practices. As a wilderness trainer, she traveled the world teaching individuals and teams undergoing change to learn and practice deeply integrative and harmonizing ways of living while pursuing their heart’s desire. Knowing that clinical expertise would help her serve others in their personal transformation, she pursued graduate clinical education, taught at the graduate level and became a licensed clinical social worker and master coach and trainer in Neuro Linguistic Programming. In addition to being a mental health first responder to the 9/11 disaster, she served as the clinical director of a community mental health agency and brought yoga and expressive arts into 12 programs. She worked to develop yoga programming for staff and clients at the New York Office of Mental Health and in peer-run programs, using LifeForce Yoga combined with embodied presence practices from the Presencing Institute. Now, she teaches widely and supports emerging leaders in health care as well as business with mind-body integration coaching and mind-body program development. She blends LifeForce Yoga with other mind-body integration practices in public and private psychiatric rehabilitation settings and is an experienced leader, advocate and conference presenter on the integration of mindfulness and yoga into health care reform. Allie integrates LifeForce Yoga into her leadership development coaching in business settings and in her coaching practice and trainings globally. Allie maintains a private yoga therapy practice and teaches LifeForce Yoga internationally at conferences and retreats. She and her husband live in the Hudson River Valley in New York and enjoy traveling to sacred sites, near and far.

Enroll Now – Tuition $600