Yoga for Depression
with Amy Weintraub


Learn to Beat the Blues.  Award-winning author and veteran Yoga teacher, Amy Weintraub will offer a public talk on Yoga for Depression at Sedona Creative Life Center.  Interweaving the power of an ancient discipline with the findings of modern science and her own healing experience, veteran Yoga teacher, Amy Weintraub, author of YOGA FOR DEPRESSION (Broadway Books 2004), will discuss why and how Yoga works to clear the mind and bring a profound sense of well-being. Learn simple breathing practices to manage your mood.  Friday, May 21, 2004, at 7:30 pm in the Sedona Room.  Cost $5.  For more information about Amy Weintraub, visit her web site at  www.yogafordepression.com

Aggravated by the anxious state of our nation, depression has reached epidemic proportions.  Afflicting women and men of all backgrounds and ages, including teens, it has been linked to heart disease and stroke, as well as suicide.  More than 25 million Americans try to ease the pain with mood-altering drugs, like Prozac, Paxil, and Celexa, at a cost exceeding $50 billion per year. Yet, despite the prescriptions of conventional medicine - pills and psychiatric counseling - countless continue to suffer.

Amy Weintraub offers a wonderfully effective, natural alternative for treating not only the symptoms but the root of mental anguish. Interweaving the power of an ancient discipline with the findings of modern science and her own healing experience, veteran Yoga teacher Amy Weintraub shows why and how Yoga works to clear the mind and bring a profound sense of well-being, even in the midst of the overwhelming mania of our times. Utilizing solid medical evidence as well as accounts from people who have overcome grief, post traumatic stress and bipolar disorder as well as dysthmia (low-grade depression) by embracing yoga, she shows how yoga is an effective, natural alternative for treating not only the symptoms but the root of mental anguish. Based on the research in her book and her work with hundreds of people who have learned to manage their moods with yogic techniques, Amy Weintraub will offer a few simple breathing exercises that can be practiced at home.

With empathy and encouragement for all those suffering in mind and spirit, Weintraub shares the story of her own recovery. After many years of battling chronic depression with drugs and talk therapy, she signed up for a Yoga retreat at Kripalu Center. After her very first class, she felt energized, optimistic, and eager to continue the journey on her mat. "Within a year of beginning my Yoga practice," she confides, "I was free of antidepressant medication."

As Richard Brown, M.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University, notes in his Preface to Yoga for Depression: "Yoga offers an alternative to the problems of conventional medical treatment for depression. It does not have detrimental side effects; it has side benefits for the body and mind." For the millions grappling with depression, and for everyone yearning to feel hopeful and at peace in these turbulent times, YOGA FOR DEPRESSION, both the book and this experiential talk, offer an enlightening and most welcome guide.
 

About Amy Weintraub

Formerly an award-winning television producer and fiction writer, Amy began her own recovery from depression in 1989 through the daily practice of Yoga. A Senior Kripalu Teacher and Mentor, she has studied Hatha Yoga, meditation, and Vedanta philosophy in India and the United States.  In addition to leading workshops on Yoga and depression, she regularly writes on the subject for national magazines, including Yoga Journal and Psychology Today.  She lives in Tucson, Arizona.


Amy Weintraub's Book

YOGA FOR DEPRESSION:

A Compassionate Guide to Relieve Suffering Through Yoga

Price: $14.95 ($22.95 Canada)

Published by Broadway Books

 

 

What makes Amy’s book particularly noble is that she speaks directly from her own experience…As we read, we begin to understand her astonishing recovery from depression.  Like Amy herself, who spent several months as scholar-in-residence at the Kripalu Center, this book vibrates with life.

–– Stephen Cope, LICSW, Senior Scholar-in-Residence at Kripalu Center, from his Foreword to YOGA FOR DEPRESSION

 

For further information please contact
 
Sedona Creative Life Center
  928-282-9300

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