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Come explore primary emotions and learn some tricks to combat depression and experience more joy in your life. Nervous system care included.

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Reset with us during a mini-retreat on September 11 & 12 from 9 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. PST

Do you feel like your life is missing joy? You’re in luck because we’re hosting a workshop to help you break through depression and use your emotions as tools to live a fuller and more joyful life. We’ll be joined by the following teachers:

Esak Garcia, world-renowned yoga teacher, creator of Jedi Fight Club training and e84 yoga teacher training will share his expertise on backbending practices, which can have a profound impact on our nervous system, mental state, and emotions.

Tim Westfeldt, founder of the Westfeldt Institute for Emotional Hygiene and creator of the Emotional Hygiene method, will lead us through experiments and activities to help us understand how depression shows up in our own lives and what to do about it.

Tessa Tovar, certified health coach and yoga teacher, will lead us through practices designed to quiet the mind, relax the nervous system, and pamper the body.

These powerful tools will help you reduce depression in your life. It’s an event you won’t want to miss and your nervous system will thank you. And in case you’re wondering, no experience with yoga or certain physical ability is necessary. (If you have questions about this, please contact us). Bottom line, this workshop is for everyone!

If you've never done a backbend before, have injuries, have physical limitations, or are afraid of backbending, this workshop is a wonderful place to start. You will be cared for and shown how to do each step. Also, once you register, you'll receive Esak's instructional video that you can study at home before the event.

Our goal with backbending isn't to get you into a particular shape. Rather, we want to safely introduce spinal movement with proper technique so you can experience the many benefits of this practice (here are just a few of the many listed):

  • Increased circulation
  • Lengthening and toning of the abdominal muscles
  • Improved sleep
  • More vitality and clarity
  • Improved digestion
  • More capacity for breathing deeply
  • Improved spine health and back strength
  • Less pain in the neck and shoulders
  • It feels good!

Event timeline is (in PST):

Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  • Begin with Introductions
  • Backbending
  • Break for lunch
  • Practices and experiments with primary emotions sorrow and joy
  • Yoga Nidra and Yin Yoga

Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  • Check ins
  • Backbending
  • Practices and experiments with primary emotions sorrow and joy
  • Break for lunch
  • Small group discussion
  • Yoga Nidra and Yin Yoga

What you'll need to join:

  • Internet access and Zoom
  • A comfortable space in your home where you have a yoga mat, a wall, and a place to sit
  • Snack and water to support yourself during the event (breaks will be offered throughout)
  • Pillows, blankets, bolsters, and any other props you might like to use during your Yoga Nidra, Yin, and Restorative practices

What’s included

  • Two backbending practice sessions with Esak
  • Activities and discussions that reduce depression and help you live a more joyful life
  • Two classes for nervous system reset and support (Yoga Nidra, Yin, and Restorative practices)
  • Practical tools and skills to feel better in your body
  • Opportunity to learn about yourself with support from community
  • A FREE coaching session after the workshop (up to a $150 value)

A few notes from the organizer:

You don't need to have a yoga practice (or be able to touch your toes!) to come to this event. If you have injuries or are concerned about the idea of backbending, we're happy to answer your questions.

We have a handful of tickets available at a reduced rate for those who are financially stressed. If that's you, please contact us and we'll do what we can to help you get a ticket.

Reach out to Cass at cass@westfeldtinstitute.com where she'll be happy to hear from you and answer questions.

What people are saying about our events:

"I had been searching for a remote/virtual wellness retreat for a few months when I happened upon this retreat. I was trepidatious about BACKBENDS but I thought I would give it a try. This weekend was legit life changing. The inspiration, self insight and total acceptance was glorious." - Mandy N., MA, USA

"I loved the event - I am still thinking why and what I exactly loved; but the bubble those splendid people created was very special and powerful, and the experience so profound that I will not forget it!" - Erica C., UK

Learn more about the Westfeldt Institute for Emotional Hygiene

More events with Esak Garcia and his team

Experience yoga and health coaching with Tessa

Join the Westfeldt Institute for Emotional Hygiene's mailing list to stay in the loop about all upcoming workshops, trainings, and classes.


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Esak Garcia's bio:

Esak Garcia has been a yoga devotee for over 25 years. He was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado where his family has operated a hot yoga studio since 1994. Esak is the creator of the e84 Teacher Training Diploma Program, a Yoga Alliance and Original Hot Yoga Association 500 hour training that takes a minimum of 2 years to complete. Esak is also the creator and director of the Jedi Fight Club, a boot camp style yoga immersion that helps yogis deepen their asana practice. In addition, he is a founding member of both USA Yoga and the International Yoga Sports Federation, two organizations whose objective is to promote yoga sports. Esak became interested in yoga as a high school athlete at the age of 17. He was introduced to the practice from his mother, who has been a life-long yogini. He became a yoga teacher in 2001 and in February 2005, Esak became a world champion in yoga sports by winning the groundbreaking International Yoga Asana Championship, The Bishnu Charan Ghosh Cup.


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Tim Westfeldt's bio:

Tim (he/him) began working with people when he became a student and then an instructor in an old Asian form of study focused on mental, physical, and spiritual self development, devoting 12 years of his life to it. He went onto a Master’s degree in counseling psychology from Southern Oregon University and began working as a therapist. He subsequently trained in Hakomi Therapy with Ron Kurtz and studied Paul Ekman’s work showing that facial expressions for emotions are universal in humans. Tim then started a private practice and began learning throughout his work with clients about a set of ideas that have evolved into the concept of Emotional Hygiene.


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Tessa Tovar's bio:

Tessa is a yoga instructor and perennial student in the Portland/Vancouver area. With a personal practice in Tantra, Vinyasa, Yin, and Kundalini, she leads well-rounded and healing yoga classes. Self-discovery is deepened through the use of meditation, pranayama, and mantras.

She believes yoga is a vehicle to heal and attune ourselves to levels of deeper understanding. She aims to create a safe and sacred space for practice and loves to add a combination of soothing music, essential oils, and gentle hands-on adjustments to foster peace and purpose for her students.

She discovered yoga in 2001 during her Freshman year of college. She began with a physical Asana practice that deepened over time to include philosophy, writing, nutrition, and Ayurveda. Acting as a guide to others who are seeking a deeper connection with themselves is her driving purpose.

Experience & Yoga Training

500+ hours of yoga training through 5-Star Yoga Alliance Rated YogaWorks Programs

100 HR Yoga Nidra Certificate

1-year apprenticeship with Rosie Acosta assisting in trainings and workshops

Living Yoga Trauma Informed Certified Teacher

Level I & II Reiki Certified

Certified Health Coach (IIN)

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Our Mission:

Our mission is to share Emotional Hygiene practices and tools with as many people as possible to increase wellness, shift societal norms, and re-create an Emotionally Hygienic culture for ourselves, others, and the natural world.

We believe that modern society has forgotten some things about how to be human. We help people remember and re-learn through workshops, classes, 1:1 coaching, leadership trainings, and training Emotional Hygiene Coach Practitioners.

What is Emotional Hygiene?

Emotional Hygiene is a coaching method using specific techniques and it's a set of practices designed to unblock emotions so they can serve their purpose in our life. We think of human beings all sharing certain needs in common that are required for us to thrive. Emotional Hygiene includes work around re-parenting, understanding the four primary emotions (fear, anger, sorrow, joy) and what they have to teach us about keeping ourselves safe, releasing old patterns of response through understanding our triggers, and much more. Engaging in Emotional Hygiene work leads to more connection with ourselves and others, increased opportunities and better outlook, and an overall improved sense of well-being.

Who We Are:

We're a small global team dedicated to spreading emotional wellness. Our Founder, Master Coach, and lead teacher is Tim Westfeldt. He developed the Emotional Hygiene method and is the thought leader on our team. He brings years of experience as a coach in Emotional Hygiene, a background in therapy and mental health counseling, and an eclectic educational and professional resume.

Tim (he/him) began working with people when he became a student and then an instructor in an old Asian form of study focused on mental, physical, and spiritual self development, devoting 12 years of his life to it. He went onto a Master’s degree in counseling psychology from Southern Oregon University and began working as a therapist. He subsequently trained in Hakomi Therapy with Ron Kurtz; and also studied Paul Ekman’s work showing that facial expressions for emotions are universal in humans. Tim then started a private practice and began learning about a set of ideas that have evolved into the concept of Emotional Hygiene.

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