Yoga for Depression: Practitioner Training Level I

This program interweaves ancient Yogic wisdom with current findings in neurobiology.


In this certification course, learn an evidence-based Yoga protocol to help students and clients focus, relax, and have greater access to feeling states. Yoga teachers and mental-health professionals will learn strategies appropriate for a clinical setting that can safely release chronically held physical tension and repressed emotion. 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.

Students of this course will:

  • Design one-on-one Yoga sessions for dysthymia (chronic depression), anxiety-based depression, PTSD, and bipolar disorder
  • Learn breathing and meditation practices for addressing dysthymia and anxiety-based depression
  • Learn how to add somatic strategies to clinical practice and Yoga classes to increase clients' self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-esteem, and ability to cope
  • Experience techniques you can teach your clients and students to do at home
  • Practice asanas (postures), pranayama and kriyas (breathing and cleansing), mantra (chanting), bhavana (development of the mind), sankalpa (resolve and intention), mudra (hand gestures), meditation, therapeutic long holding of postures and non-dual strategies for working with negative self-talk
  • Take home tools and confidence for working with individuals suffering from depression and anxiety

Required Reading: Yoga for Depression by Amy Weintraub (Broadway Books). Recommended: Practice with LifeForce Yoga

Amy Weintraub will be assisted by Rose Kress, a Yoga teacher (RYT500), a LifeForce Yoga Educator and Mentor and a Functional Yoga Therapist; and Kathryn Shafer, PhD, LCSW, CAP, RYT500, a psychotherapist and a LifeForce Yoga Practitioner.