Manage your mood with simple breathing and physical exercises drawn from the yoga tradition—no mat required.
Though it isn’t often discussed, mental health disorders are far more common than you might think. More than 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety, while depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Studies show that medications for these conditions can be less effective than a placebo. So what can you do when your mood feels unmanageable?
With the Yoga for Your Mood Deck, certified yoga therapist Amy Weintraub provides a unique and welcoming approach to fostering inner balance and mental stability. These beautifully illustrated cards offer simple breathing protocols, basic stretches, and traditional hand gestures known as mudras—all of which have been curated to soothe, energize, or integrate your emotional state.
Each card is color coded and numbered for easy access. Feeling blue? You might need to pull a calming blue card to meet your mood first, and then a red one to elevate it. Is anxiety paying an unwelcome visit? Try an energizing red card breathing practice followed by a calming blue card relaxation pose. Green cards offer grounding practices to close your mini yoga session.
Appropriate for in-the-moment interventions or creating your own daily practice, the Yoga for Your Mood Deck brings expert, evidence-based guidance out of the studio and into your hands.
About the Author
Amy Weintraub, MFA, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, YACEP, the founder of the LifeForce Yoga® Healing Institute, is a pioneer in the field of yoga and mental health. Her evidence-based yoga protocol for managing mood is used in health-care settings and offered in professional trainings worldwide. The creator of the award-winning LifeForce Yoga audio and video series, she is the author of Yoga for Depression, Yoga Skills for Therapists, and Temple Dancer, winner of the Nautilus Silver Medal Award for fiction.
Working from her studio in Durham, Juliet Percival is in demand for her skills creating unique maps, travel illustrations, architecture, and lifestyle pieces. She brings an individual, warm, personal aesthetic and creative touch to every client’s project. Her portfolio includes editorial and book publishing as well as maps for signage and outdoor interpretation panels.
“Amy Weintraub was the teacher I turned to when I was deeply grieving my dad’s death, and how lucky I was to find her! Her work has uplifted my mood and helped me find my way back to myself for many years now. I trust her deep research, her commitment to truth, and her giant heart. This yoga deck is one I will keep on desk to use daily.” —Jennifer Louden, author of The Woman’s Comfort Book and Why Bother?
“Amy Weintraub brings her yoga mastery together with science and psychological wisdom to offer us this Yoga for Your Mood Deck . . . a beautiful, practical, and powerful support for healing and awakening.” —Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and Radical Compassion
“What a fantastic resource for yoga teachers and students to have a quick reference to essential practices for well-being. Perfect to tuck in your teaching bag to go, or keep by your mat. So much depth in such a fun little deck!” —Jennie Lee, author of True Yoga and Spark Change
“Millions of people practice various forms of yoga because it helps them feel more embodied and connected to their source. For many years, yoga master Amy Weintraub has been determining which poses affect specific mood states. The result, LifeForce Yoga, has become a widespread method used by people with mood issues to feel less dominated by the parts of them that they had felt powerless to deal with. To simplify this practice, she created this beautifully illustrated deck of cards with a pose on each and clear instructions on how to use it to separate from your anxious or depressed or ungrounded parts and have more access to your calm, compassionate, and clear Self. If you are struggling with your moods, these cards are a highly valuable resource as a daily practice and/or as an adjunct to your psychotherapy.” —Richard Schwartz, PhD, developer of the Internal Family Systems model of psychotherapy, author of No Bad Parts
“What a wonderful gift! Amy offers us simple and fun ways to balance any mood. Make these cards your constant companions; practice anywhere, anytime. In a world where circumstances can provoke mood changes in an instant, the simple practices will help you to cope and restore your mental and emotional health.” —Nischala Joy Devi, teacher, author of The Secret Power of Yoga and Meditation in the Yoga Tradition
“Amy Weintraub’s Yoga for Your Mood Deck is a truly unique, creative, and efficacious approach to managing mood concerns so common in today’s world. Based on time-honored yogic traditions, these practical and portable healing strategies engage the power of body-mind dynamics while also addressing the spiritual dimensions of mood concerns. As a complement to other treatments or a stand-alone intervention, I will certainly recommend these to my patients.” —Rubin Naiman, PhD, director of NewMoon Sleep, LLC, clinical assistant professor of medicine at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona Health Sciences
“Yoga wisdom in a box? Yes. Amy Weintraub distills her vast knowledge of asanas and mudras to create yoga cards that help each reader quickly find a recipe for managing stress. Whether you are new to yoga or have an established practice, Yoga for Your Mood Deck lets you quickly choose which movements, hand positions, and sounds can help dispel sadness, worry, and fatigue. Amy’s cards help bridge the gap between what you practice in yoga class and what you use to cope with real-life situations.” —Patricia L. Gerbarg, MD, coauthor of The Healing Power of the Breath: Simple Techniques to Reduce Stress and Anxiety, Enhance Concentration, and Balance Your Emotions
“With each card, Amy leads you into a mini-practice to heal body and soul. The instructions and meditations that accompany each practice are stunningly beautiful, simple, and just delicious. I’m giving this card deck to everyone I know!” —Stephen Cope, bestselling author of The Great Work of Your Life and Yoga and the Quest for the True Self
“Finally, a well-thought-out, portable resource that captures the power of yoga for self-regulation. The concise instructions with the clarity of the pictures make this system available to a wide spectrum of users, novice through advanced.” —Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD, C-IAYT, past president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, editor of Fostering Creativity in Rehabilitation
“I can’t think of better timing for this wonderful tool. Yoga for Your Mood Deck provides practical, accessible yet deeply insightful techniques for developing your own practice to shift your mood and change your state. This mix-and-match card deck provides endless possibilities for grounding yourself both mentally and physically. The color code system provides an easy way to develop a practice specific to your needs in the current moment. Amy Weintraub continues to be a leader in yoga for anxiety and depression, and Yoga for Your Mood Deck is a much-needed and welcomed resource.” —Mike Huggins, founder of Transformation Yoga Project, author of Going Om: A CEO’s Self-Discovery Behind Bars
“Amy Weintraub captures such yoga joy in these postures and breath and sound practices! She makes yoga accessible and enticing to try with clear artwork and descriptions. Everybody can find the cards that are the right fit for their own body type and condition.” —Julie Carmen, actress, psychotherapist, yoga therapist
“Amy Weintraub’s Yoga for Your Mood Deck offers an evolved form of yoga practice to live peacefully, find contentment with all that is, and move toward alignment with self. Easy to understand and utilize, it guides yoga asana, pranayama, and mudras beneficial for all levels; I highly recommend it. Yoga for Your Mood Deck also promotes equity by using diverse and inclusive images throughout. Well done, Amy!” —Maya Breuer, E-RYT 500, YACEP, vice president of Cross-Cultural Advancement for Yoga Alliance, cofounder of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance
“Self-care is health care, and we need self-care practices now more than ever. Whether you need to calm yourself or lift your spirits, this card deck offers simple practices you can do anytime, anyplace, anywhere, to balance your mood. The best part is, you can carry it with you wherever you go.” —Gail Parker, PhD, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, author of Restorative Yoga for Ethnic and Race-Based Stress and Trauma, president of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance
“Amy Weintraub’s Yoga for Your Mood Deck is a gift to all of us who need help shifting our moods from time to time. Each card features an accessible technique using the breath as a core focus. The instructions for using the cards and the suggested sequences are clear and easy to follow. The illustrations are beautiful and shine with the light of human diversity, which is welcome and wonderful. I look forward to introducing these mood-shifting techniques to my students.” —Beth Gibbs, MA, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, author of Enlighten Up! Finding Clarity, Contentment and Resilience in a Complicated World
“Weintraub brings her decades of experience and teaching of yoga in a simple format. It is remarkable how she has created such short and simple practices that have the potential to change one’s mind and heart within minutes. The card format makes it easy to pick up a card daily or anytime a shift is needed, and the information is so easy to digest and practice with. I will be putting the deck on my desktop at work and using them often!” —Amy Wheeler, PhD, past president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (2018–2020), founder of Optimal State yoga therapy