521 – When Mind-Body Practices Go Wrong

How to Match Clients with the Right Methods
Amy Weintraub

Have you ever had clients try a mindfulness exercise that made them more anxious, or get emotionally flooded when you asked them to breathe deeply? What about clients who are quick to tell you, “I don’t like that breathing stuff!”? If you’re applying mind–body practices like pranayama breathing, meditation, mudras, or mantras in your session, it’s important to understand which practices are best suited to which conditions, such as depression, anxiety, and disassociated states, and what effects and possible abreactions these practices can evoke. You’ll discover how to:

  • Apply appropriate breathing and meditation practices based on your client’s presenting mood and diagnosis
  • Help clients learn breathing, toning, and hand-gesture practices to self-regulate between sessions
  • Incorporate simple yoga skills like adapted breathing and meditations in clinical settings, even when clients express cultural, religious, or personal resistance to practicing yoga


Note: No CE credit for this workshop.

Amy Weintraub, MFA, ERYT 500, C-IAYT, author of Yoga Skills for Therapists and Yoga for Depression is the founder of LifeForce Yoga, and offers trainings for health and yoga professionals worldwide.

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