LifeForce Yoga: Empower Your Clients to
Manage Their Moods
July 30 - August 3, 2012
Western science is beginning to corroborate what yogis understood 5000 years ago. Using the laboratory of their bodies and their minds to work with their moods, Yogis gave us a prescription for maintaining optimal mental health. We’ll explore this ancient wisdom with attention to current research done by Woolery, Kamoi, Becker, Telles and many others, learning evidence-based aspects of Yoga appropriate for a clinical setting. These include body sensing, sound, breath, imagery, meditation, and affirmations that arise from the client’s authentic experience of self. And we’ll practice ways you can introduce Yogic techniques in the treatment room-neither mat nor touch necessary! You’ll learn evidence-based Yogic strategies to help clients focus, relax, and have greater access to feeling states. These practices can provide an alternative or adjunct treatment for clients who are not responding to medication or have received only so much relief from cognitive restructuring strategies. In the process of learning Yogic techniques to help clients manage their moods and increase self-efficacy, you will also be practicing tools for self-care.
This workshop is designed for all level of mental health and Yoga practitioners, including beginners. Every day will include easy and accessible movement, yogic breathing, and meditation or guided relaxation. Along with didactic components and practice, the format will include emotional process from a Yogic perspective in dyads and small groups. Yoga mats will be provided. Bring your own props.
The Safe Container
- Yogic tools to foster the therapeutic alliance and client self-acceptance
- Principles of Yoga for the Emotional Body
- An evidenced-based overview of Yogic strategies for maintaining optimum mental health
- A review of current scientific literature supporting Yoga as a treatment in mental health care.
- Identifying predominate mood through analysis of current breathing pattern.
- Three evidence-based Yogic breaths and a simple meditation to calm and focus the anxious mind.
- Three evidence-based Yogic breaths and two simple meditation techniques to clear the mind and lift the mood.
- Yogic technique to interrupt panic attack
Giving the Mind a Bone
- Meditation techniques effective with OCD and anxiety disorders.
- Address negative self-talk and the seeds of self-loathing with a Yogic Non-dual self-inquiry strategy that incorporates yogic breathing, imagery, and client-created affirmation.
- LifeForce Yoga® Chakra Clearing Meditation (Energizing)
Grief in the Tissues
- Yoga as an adjunct treatment for PTSD
- Body sensing
- Trauma releasing exercises-how Yoga informs Somatic Psychology
- LifeForce Yoga® Chakra Clearing Meditation (calming)
- Yoga Nidra (iRest) - an evidence-based protocol effective for managing mood and PTSD, as developed by Richard Miller, PhD and as used with soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Postures of empowerment: simple inversions - heart-opening backbends
- Application: Distinguishing those techniques appropriate for a clinical practice.
- Community Network: Yoga teachers and Yoga therapists in your community - workshops and referrals.