Yoga for Emotional Balance

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2011-03-08
  • Publisher: Shambhala

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When we feel emotionally overwhelmed, we often talk about whatrs"s bothering us with a friend or therapist. Here is a new approach-balance your mind with your body. Bo Forbes, a clinical psychologist and yoga instructor, found that when our body is relaxed and balanced, our emotions also become in tune. This observation inspired her to introduce a blend of yoga and relaxation into her psychotherapy practice, with positive results. The simple yoga practice she developed is ideal for when we feel stressed out or slightly depressed, though it is also a helpful tool for people with more serious anxiety or depression. This book offers part self-help and part yoga therapy. It explains how our physical body and emotions are interconnected, and how yoga can impact our emotional well-being. It then goes on to offer: bull; A questionnaire to help readers gauge their level of anxiety or depression bull; Yoga poses and breathing techniques to alleviate anxiety bull; Yoga poses and breathing techniques to alleviate depression bull; Yoga poses and breathing techniques to alleviate the combination of anxiety and depression bull; A troubleshooting chapter so that even the novice can practice yoga comfortably

Author Biography

Bo Forbes, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist, yoga teacher, and integrative yoga therapist with over twenty years of clinical experience. She is the founder and director of the Center for Integrative Yoga Therapeutics in Boston, which specializes in therapeutic applications of yoga for anxiety, insomnia, depression, and chronic pain disorders. Bo regularly offers yoga workshops at Kripalu, and she also writes about yoga and psychology for Yoga Journal and Body & Soul.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: Yoga's Role in Emotional Balancep. 1
The Path to Emotional Balancep. 11
Understanding Anxiety and Depressionp. 13
Breath Exercise: Getting to Know Your Breathp. 28
Body Exercise: Distinguishing between Tension and Relaxationp. 31
What Gets in the Way of Changep. 34
Breath Exercise: 1:1 Breathingp. 48
Body Exercise: The Five-Minute Body Check-inp. 50
How True Healing Happensp. 55
Breath Exercise: 1:2 Breathingp. 72
Body Exercise: Going Up the Stairs Backwardp. 75
Five Ways to Transform Your Emotional Patternsp. 78
Breath Exercise: Worrying and 1:2 Breathingp. 103
Body Exercise: Getting to Know Restorative Yogap. 105
Finding Meaning in Anxiety and Depressionp. 108
Breath Exercise: Going with the Flow of Emotionsp. 128
Body Exercise: Inhabiting Your Body with Kindnessp. 130
Breathwork and Restorative Yogap. 135
What's Your Emotional Type?p. 137
The Heart of the Practicep. 149
Anxiety-Balancing Practicep. 164
Depression-Lifting Practicep. 189
Mixed Anxiety and Depression Stabilizing Practicesp. 212
Epiloguep. 215
Acknowledgmentsp. 218
Frequently Asked Questionsp. 222
Prop Resource Guidep. 227
Notesp. 235
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