LifeForce yoga workshop for depression and anxiety!
Lead by Michelle Staley, MA, LCPC, LFYP
Class meets Wednesdays from 6:00 to 7:00pm, August 13 through September 17 at
Fuller Therapeutic Center for Holistic Health
1100 North Beech St (Normandy Village)
Building #11 (Old Unity Church)
In collaboration with Fuller Therapeutic, which is where your payment goes:
Cost: $65 for all classes Drop-In: $13 for one class
You can schedule on Schedulicity (enter in zip code 61761, then search for yoga depression and anxiety).
No experience or prior knowledge of yoga needed. No flexibility needed! Yoga works for every body.
In Sanskrit, the word for depression is Duhkha, which literally means ‘separation.’ This can mean separation from others, separation of the mind from the body, and separation from your true source (your higher power, whether that is your wise inner voice, God, the universe, etc.).
Yoga means ‘joining’ or ‘union.’ Yoga calms the mind and body which can then work in union to keep us mentally healthy.
LifeForce Yoga uses postures, breathing, meditation, and sound to help us become balanced on an inner level. This brings unity back to the body and mind, to the self and others, and to the self and the source that feeds us.
A description of LifeForce Yoga from the website:
LifeForce Yoga is intentionally designed to work with and manage the mood. The practices support students in self-regulation and many of the yoga techniques can be done in a chair, in bed, and do not require a yoga mat. LifeForce Yoga interweaves the power of an ancient discipline with current scientific findings to help you release what’s no longer serving you—without a story attached!
• Pranayama and kriya breathing techniques that regulate the emotions
• Meditations that lift the mood
• Creating Affirmation (sankalpa)
• LifeForce Yoga Bhavana (Imagery)
• LifeForce Yoga Chakra Clearing Meditation
• LifeForce Yoga Nidra
• Tones that regulate the emotions (mantras)
• Yoga asanas suitable for multilevel practitioners
• Nondual Self-Inquiry through writing and Dyad Sharing
Founder, Amy Weintraub’s journey towards recovery from her own mood disorder began in 1970 with a daily meditation practice. In 1989 she began to practice Kripalu Yoga, and it was that daily embodied practice joined to the breath that freed her from depression. Since then, she has studied with Yoga masters and meditation teachers in the U.S. and India and done extensive research to develop a practice that weaves ancient Classical and Tantric practices with current scientific understanding of their benefits and contraindications.
No matter your lineage or the yoga “style” in which you practice, LifeForce Yoga can offer you strategies to enhance your mood without changing your basic practice. The daily practice of LifeForce Yoga will diminish your sense of separation, which is the literal source of depression. The connection you feel to that which is most authentic within you and your connection to others will be enhanced.