Amy Weintraub • Saturday Afternoon
While mindfulness meditation has become a widely used remedy for mood dysregulation, many people—particularly those with trauma histories—are just too agitated to tolerate sitting quietly and watching their breath. In this workshop, we’ll focus on several of the more active, evidence-based yogic-breathing and meditation strategies that can empower anxious clients to soothe themselves and regulate their moods. We’ll practice body-mind techniques that stabilize the nervous system, including mudras (hand gestures), using “universal” tones like “Ah-m,” pranayama breathing, and calming meditations. You’ll learn specific methods for calming people with obsessesive-compulsive and anxiety disorders, and helping people prone to dissociative states anchor themselves in the here and now. These strategies can also prove beneficial for therapists’ own self-care.
Amy Weintraub, M.F.A., ERYT500, is the author of Yoga for Depression and Yoga Skills for Therapists. She’s a leader in the field of yoga and mental health, and offers evidence-based yoga certification trainings for mental health professionals.