Twenty-five years ago, Amy Weintraub was an award-winning television producer and writer, suffering from depression. Her own recovery from depression began in 1989, when she began a daily Yoga practice. Today she is a senior Kripalu teacher and Mentor, certified by the Yoga Alliance as a Professional Yoga teacher. She leads national workshops on Yoga and depression at such venues as the American Holistic Medical Association Annual Conference, Integrative Psychiatry Conference, Kripalu Center, the New York Open Center, The LA Times Festival of Health and Fitness, and other conferences and yoga centers around the country. She regularly writes on the subject for national magazines, including Yoga Journal, Psychology Today and Yoga International.
Amy has won numerous literary prizes for her short fiction, including national prizes from Writer's Digest Magazine, Explorations and Wind. Her novel-in-progress, and her film documentaries have received awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, San Francisco State University, and many other national competitions. Feature articles and essays about writing appear in Poets and Writers and The Writer's Chronicle. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars, Bennington College. She currently lives in Tucson, Arizona with her cat, Smokey.
Drawing on her study of multiple traditions and lineages from ancient yoga practices to current neuroscientific research on yoga benefits and contraindications Amy Weintraub presents a compendium of guided breathing exercises, meditations, self-inquiry practices, relaxation exercises, and simple postural adjustments that can readily accompany and complement psychotherapy no mat or difficult postures required Therapists learn exactly how to introduce these simple practices into a session, all within the comfort of their therapy room, no prior yoga training or experience necessary. Weintraub shows therapists how to introduce and apply a full range of yogic approaches: targeted breathing practices called pranayama that meet the present mood and bring it into balance; healing hand gestures called mudras; special sounds and tones called mantras; guided imagery and affirmation; yogic self-inquiry, and much more. Clinical stories and anecdotes explore how these yoga-based interventions, rooted in a firm, evidence-based foundation, can be used as effective treatments for a particular mood or mental state. With over 50 photographs that clearly illustrate the practices and gestures, detailed, step-by-step instructions, and scripts for guided relaxation and meditations, Yoga Skills for Therapists is a practical, hands-on guide that teaches the power of basic yoga techniques to bring great self-awareness, balance, and lasting well-being in you and your clients.
More than 25 million Americans are treated with antidepressants each year, at a cost in excess of $50 billion. But the side effects of popular prescription drugs may seem nearly as depressing as the symptoms they're meant to treat. Veteran yoga instructor Amy Weintraub offers a better solution--one that taps the scientifically proven link between yoga and emotional well-being as well as the beauty of ancient approaches to inner peace. Addressing a range of diagnoses, including dysthymia, anxiety-based depression, and bipolar disorder, "Yoga for Depression reveals why specific postures, breathing practices, and meditation techniques can ease suffering and release life's traumas and losses. Weintraub also reflects on her own experience with severe depression, from which she recovered through immersing herself in a daily yoga routine. "Yoga for Depression is the first yoga book devoted exclusively to the treatment of these debilitating conditions. Amy Weintraub will help readers see their suffering and themselves in a vibrant new light.