I have completed LifeForce Yoga® Level I training and am incredibly excited to be able to integrate and offer this profound system to my students and private clients. This yoga is meant to help manage mood, but it is much more than that. Frankly, I don’t think there is any one who cannot benefit from this style of yoga.
So what, exactly, is it?
Quoting excerpts, and paraphrasing, Amy Weintraub in her LFYP-1 training manual:
“LifeForce Yoga® is Yoga plain and simple. It doesn‘t really need a name, but in this day and age, when there are so many ways of practicing that are called Yoga, it‘s important to identify a practice that is intentionally designed to work with and manage the mood. The many styles of Yoga practice that are flowering in the West are like doorways. Eventually, each door opens the practitioner to a deeper connection to Self, an awakening to the felt sense that we are not separate. Yoga, no matter what lineage you have trained in or style you practice, begins as you practice regularly, to unite the
polarities within and without. The sense of separation, which is the literal source of depression, is diminished and the sense of connection to oneself and others is enhanced.” (italics and bold added)
“Among the many doorways to Yoga or union that exist in the West, some focus on fitness and strength, which is the literal meaning of ―Hatha—physical force. Others focus on structural therapeutics”. Other doorways take as their mission to raise energy, or to reach some spiritual goal. “But reaching implies absence.” LifeForce Yoga understands that there is no separation, that we are intimately, eternally connected. “LifeForce Yoga is practiced as the first yogis practiced, resting on the fundamental belief that all that we need is already within us; that beneath the current mood, the roles we play and the masks we wear, we are the wholeness we seek.”
“To make it simple, LifeForce Yoga is a practice of compassion that creates a big enough container to embrace and accept all the dualities of mood. The practice is adapted to the student, so each individual can move into a more balanced (sattvic) and positive emotional, mental, and physical state of equanimity and self-awareness.” In a LifeForce Yoga session, you will move slowly, and each practice and effect will be chosen and observed with you in mind. You will be taught strategies that Continue reading