Helping Clients Focus and Open
The work of therapy can’t begin in earnest if the client’s mind is racing with anxiety, fogged by depression, or so tense that the entire body is locked in place. Teaching yoga skills to clients who have trouble self-regulating and managing their energy and moods, can quiet mental chatter, reduce bodily tension, and heighten mental awareness. It can also heighten a client’s readiness to dive deeper into the work of therapy. In this workshop, you’ll learn clinically appropriate, evidence-based yoga practices that can be done in a chair, right in your office, and work quickly to focus the mind. You’ll discover how to:
- Yoga breathing techniques and a simple tone-based meditation to elevate mood and help clients suffering from depression
- Mantras, mudras, and other yoga techniques (practiced seated or supine) to calm anxiety and mitigate a panic attack
- Guided imagery to support clients’ positive affirmation, increase self-compassion, and help with self-regulation
Amy Weintraub, MFA, ERYT500, YACEP, C-IAYT, the author of Yoga Skills for Therapists and Yoga for Depression, created LifeForce Yoga, a protocol used in health care settings worldwide.