Betsy Brandl Rippentrop, Ph.D
Yoga & Meditation Teacher
speaker & author
Blending Psychological Science
I have a foot firmly planted in both psychology and yoga. I firmly believe in the efficacy of both, AND, have seen a synergistic effect when yoga and psychology are integrated. It seems they are greater than the sum of their separate parts.
Yoga needs psychology.
psychology needs yoga.
This site is dedicated to yoga teachers and yogis interested in yoga for trauma and mental health. It is also dedicated to mental health practitioners interested in integrating the body into psychotherapy. Finally, it is dedicated to all individuals wanting to balance and enhance mental health amid these challenging times. I believe that change always starts at the individual level and trickles out to the collective.
In the yoga practice, emotional issues arise. With the creation of space in the body and the clearing of unbalanced energy patterns, old emotional and reactive patterns inevitably emerge (sometimes with a vengeance). Yoga is essentially the opportunity to move toward higher states of spiritual development, and psychological issues that are not addressed will cause distortions or prevent growth. Our modern psychological framework can help address what yoga brings to the surface.
In the practice of psychology, we recognize, work with, and grow out of unconscious patterns. This process can easily get us stuck in our heads analyzing, recapitulating, re-experiencing, and intellectualizing. Psychology needs yoga to help us more fully inhabit the body, which is where our feelings and emotions lie. The practices of yoga allow us to go several steps deeper into creating energy shifts, establishing more space in the body, and altering our body habits away from patterns that maintain depression and anxiety. As a bonus, when we get out of our head and into the body, we often come in contact with a wiser part of ourselves, and the healing and solutions we need naturally emerge.
Reconnect to Self
July 11–August 5, 2022
This 4-week course helps women return to their inner knowing via reconnection to their body, heart, intuition, and relationships. Welcome to all. For women in Iowa, this course is free due to grant funding through the state of Iowa.
Oct 12–Dec 14, 2022
A 9-week course to enhance emotional resiliency through the integration of yoga, psychology, and neuroscience.
The Heroine's Journey
September 19-March 22, 2022
Journey for 6 months into a process of transformation as we heal, reclaim, and reconnect to our inner self.
Since joining Betsy’s first TendHer course, I’ve also participated in her ReMind course (twice) and ReClaim, as well as continued following her ongoing weekly online yoga classes. Each of these programs have increasingly given me a sense of inner strength, calmness and community connection I was sorely missing before.
In every class Betsy offers insight to assist in seeing parts of ourselves we hadn’t before or had simply forgotten. She teaches how to nurture these often hidden parts of ourselves that actually make us who we truly are.
Finding Betsy and Heartland Yoga has been a great and lasting gift!
She lives what she teaches so she's able to give examples from her life and this makes it easy to relate with her and what she teaches. All the classes I've taken from her: Yoga for the Mind, TendHer, TendHer 2.0, and her weekly yoga classes have been bright spots in my life. All of these classes are helping me understand myself on a deeper level and become aware of my strengths and weaknesses and work with them.
Before I was led to Betsy I was feeling stuck and unsure what to do. Since taking her classes I feel more hopeful about working through my blocks and enjoying more growth in my life. If her classes have caught your attention, go for it! You'll be glad you did.
I’m thankful for the phenomenal women who make up the TendHer team—for all the ways they show up fully and share their unique gifts and expertise with us. I feel lucky to live in this community and be surrounded by these inspiring people. It was a gift to witness and be part of this healing space.
The narrative therapy work was deeply valuable and a great addition this year. I continue to do yoga nidra to get deep restful sleep almost nightly. I loved getting in touch with my inner artist again, apparently she is still here! I feel more whole as a result of the program. Participating in Tend Her helped me to feel like a part of a large and special group of women working to create healing in our communities.
I am so grateful for Betsy and her team of dedicated heroines who bravely shared their journeys. Everything has come together to support deep emotional and psychological healing. I have stopped addictive habits and my depression is in remission and I feel happy to be living my life here in Iowa. I had the courage to leave a 'bad for me' job and found a better one. This healing is due partly to Tend Her. I am swimming in a pool of golden gratitude!
Whether teaching a yoga class, sitting in a women's circle, or facilitating one of her powerful workshops, Betsy's wisdom, honesty, and kindness create a communal healing that is palpable. She is a gifted communicator who creates safe spaces encouraging group participation and personal growth.
Radiant, wild, grounded, authentic. Thank you Betsy for all that you are and all you encourage us to be.
As a participant of Tend Her 1.0 and 2.0 I have grown as a person, learned how to take better care of my mental health and major depression is now in remission! Betsy has welcomed some amazing practitioners to join her that have added new dimensions to her offerings. Her podcast 'Tend Her Wild' with Kate offer great insight and her guest speakers are inspiring. She is amazing and I wish more people knew about the great work she is doing. If you are considering taking a class or workshop from her, do! You will be a better, happier and more whole person!
With each of her classes (Primordial Sound Meditation, ReMind, Tend Her 1 and 2, and Yoga for the Mind), I gained a better understanding of myself and my fellow humans. I have so much more appreciation and compassion for being Human now, as a result of learning and working with her.
I love Betsy and cannot more highly recommend working with her!
If you are looking to yoga for exercise, you may find that anywhere. If you are looking for an authentic path to yourself through your practice of yoga with a compassionate guide and a supportive community, Heartland Yoga is there for you. Do not hesitate.
I now have this tool kit available when I struggle with stress, anxiety and difficult challenges in my life that allow me to deal with any challenge that arise in a positive manner. I have deepened my daily meditation practice, have physically, emotionally and spiritually found expansion, strength and release in my yoga practice and have benefited from connecting with others who may also be on this journey of self discovery and awareness.
I cannot recommend her enough!