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527 Yoga for Self-Regulation

Amy Weintraub Amy Weintraub • Saturday Afternoon

While mindfulness meditation has become something of a sovereign remedy for mood dysregulation, many people---particularly those with trauma histories---are just too agitated to tolerate sitting quietly and watching their breath, because they become prey to dark ruminations and even greater anxiety. In this workshop, we’ll focus on several of the more active,

evidence-based yogic-breathing and meditation strategies that empower 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” tons like “Ah-m,” pranayama breathing, and calming meditations. You’ll learn specific methods for lifting the mood in depression, calming people with obsessive-compulsive and anxiety disorders, and helping people prone to dissociative states anchor themselves in the here and now. These strategies are also highly 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. To learn more, visit