Interview Archives

Reconnection to the Self as Whole and Healed
Amy Weintraub, Yoga Teacher Magazine

We spoke over the phone in February, a day of snow falling in Tucson, Arizona, where Amy lives. We talked about the climate change situation and then began talking about Amy’s journey to yoga.

 

INTERVIEW PART ONE

 

YOGA TEACHER MAGAZINE: Could you describe your journey from acute depression to managing your depression through yoga practice?

AMY WEINTRAUB: Well I was on anti-depressants for many years, Ivan, and just saw myself as a depressed fiction writer. I was in treatment with a psychiatrist who also... Read more

Amy Weintraub, MFA, E-RYT 500, is the founding director of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute. She is the author of Yoga for Depression (Broadway Books, 2004) and Yoga Skills for Therapists: Effective Practices for Mood Management (W.W. Norton, 2012), and has been a pioneer in the field of yoga and mental health for over twenty years. She offers the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training for Depression and Anxiety to health and yoga professionals, as well as workshops for every day practitioners. The LifeForce Yoga protocol is featured on the LifeForce Yoga® CD Series and the first DVD home Yoga practice series for mood management, the award-winning LifeForce Yoga® to Beat the Blues, Level 1 and Level 2. Amy is an invited speaker at conferences internationally, is involved in ongoing research on the effects of yoga on mood, and leads workshops and professional trainings at academic and psychology conferences around the world. She also edits a bi-monthly newsletter (available at  http://yogafordepression.com/research-and-news/) that includes current research, news and media reviews on yoga and mental health. She holds the Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars, Bennington College, and currently lives in Tucson, Arizona. Her website is: http://yogafordepression.com.

No-nonsense
Caity Barton

I met Caity in teacher training at YogaWorks  in New York City and we hit it off. Immediately I was drawn to her straightforwardness and her enthusiasm. After the training she got married and moved to Denver, where she teaches and works.

YTM: So what originally attracted you to yoga, and to teaching yoga?

CB:  I was a runner and spent quite a bit of time at the gym. I joined a new gym in New York and they had quite a few yoga classes offered, so I decided to try it out. I was hooked right away. When the class was finished I realized that I hadn't thought... Read more

Caity grew up in Rome, New York and made her way to Brooklyn in her mid-twenties, where she eventually found Yoga after years of team sports and many hours at the gym. It wasn't long before she left a high stress job in the NYC fashion world and began her first teacher training. She completed 500 hours of training through Yogaworks in NYC under the mentoring of renowned teacher Jenny Aurthur. Currently she lives in Denver, Colorado, where she teaches at The Yoga Mat.
 

It’s Not Just Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure in Yoga
Jason Crandell

I first encountered Jason Crandell’s teaching through his podcasts on the Yoga Journal site, and when I was living in rural Ireland these functioned as terrific sources of inspiration for my teaching. More recently I took his workshop at the YJ conference in New York, and took a class when I was in San Francisco. We chatted by phone the next day.

YTM:  What drew you to postural yoga? Before that you were a hockey player and skate kid.

JC:  Yeah, I played Triple H hockey in the Midwest for sixteen years and skateboarding for at least as long as that and you... Read more

Jason Crandell was recently named “one of the next generation of teachers shaping yoga’s future” by Yoga Journal for his skillful, unique approach to vinyasa yoga. Recently Jason has created two Yoga Journal DVDs, Yoga for Wellbeing and Your Complete Home Practice Companion: Yoga for Morning, Noon, and Night. He is a contributing editor for Yoga Journal and has written over 13 articles for the magazine and website. He teaches extensively at conferences in the United States and abroad and is part of numerous teacher-training faculties. He lives in San Francisco, California, with his wife and newborn baby. His website is www.jasonyoga.com.
 

Are You Really There?
Tzahi Moskovitz

Although not my very first yoga teacher, Tzahi inspired me first to go further into yoga and then inspired me to seek teacher training. To be fair, when I approached him with the idea for the interview he pointed out that there are many more senior, advanced teachers in his lineage. Hopefully there will be time to get around to them, but Tzahi is a teacher I very naturally admire.  When we met he had recently returned from studying for a month with the Iyengars in Pune, and we chatted about his re-entry; it seemed he was undergoing a kind of mild culture shock coming back to New York City... Read more

Tzahi Moskovitz is a senior teacher and teacher trainer at YogaWorks, a 500 E-RYT and a YogaWorks certified teacher. Tzahi fell in love with the Iyengar method many years ago after the first class he took with Mary Dunn. After finishing a two year Iyengar teacher training program at the Iyengar Institute in New York, Tzahi passed the introductory 2 assessment in 2012. He is now a certified Iyengar teacher. His primary teachers are Mary Dunn, James Murphy and Carrie Owerko.

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