LifeForce Yoga: What is It and Why Practice It?

 

Amy and Lonnie

Amy Weintraub and Lonnie Jan 19 2013

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

Do you or Someone You Know Suffer from Chronic Pain?

Invitation to Join  Free On-line Webinar on Yoga Techniques for Chronic Pain

Yoga can be a useful technique for controlling pain levels and increasing movement and function in your body. There is current research that shows specific benefits of therapeutic yoga for certain groups of people in pain.

Neil Pearson has become one of the leading voices in using yoga specifically with people who suffer from pain. This webinar and instructional video series provides an opportunity to learn how to use simple yoga exercises to live well with chronic pain.

Part 1 introduces you to current research on yoga for chronic pain treatment and the first practice video on Breath Awareness.

Parts 2, 3 and 4 provide an opportunity to ask questions related to the practice videos.

In order to fully participate in the series, you’ll need to register for all 5 webinars in this series:

Part 1 – Yoga for People in Pain: Overview January 7, 2013

Part 2 – Breath Awareness January 11, 2013

Part 3 – Breath Control January 18, 2013

Part 4 – Body Awareness January 25, 2013

Part 5 – Guidelines for Yoga Posture February 1, 2013

All sessions will take place at 11 am Pacific, 12 noon Mountain, 2 pm Eastern

Here’s the link to get started: Yoga for Chronic Pain

 

Winter 13 Yoga Starts this Week – A Few Spaces Remain!

Exploration through YOGA

January 7th – March 26 2013

Finding Your Way with Yoga

This is NOT your standard yoga-for-fitness class!

Prerequisites:

  • Inquiring
  • Tolerant
  • Committed
  • Courageous
  • Have maintained or achieved average health or better (Congratulations! Please contact for private consultation if you have not)
  • Possess an overwhelming desire to find and celebrate miracles (or just neat tidbits) everywhere!

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MONDAY Morning      St.Gerard Church                                  9:30 – 10:45 AM                                 (drop-in on donation basis, shared with another yoga teacher)

MONDAY Evening      Shaganappi Community                        7 – 8:45 PM

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