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Yoga for Anxiety: Meditations and Practices for Calming the Body and Mind

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Many of us face daily demands and overwhelming difficulties that cause seemingly uncontrollable feelings of anxiety and fear. When you feel this way, it's healing to calm yourself and to reclaim your sense of innate goodness and well-being. For centuries, yoga has offered a quiet retreat away from life's pressures and has enabled us to reconnect to our inner wisdom and pea ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by New Harbinger Publications
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Janeen Paul
Wow, I can't say enough about this book. I will start by saying if you're looking for another yoga pose manual, this isn't it. Consider Relax and Renew by Judith Lasater for that. This book is a gold mine of yoga philosophy, interpreted in a way that is easy to understand and directly applied to anxiety and stress. That being said, anyone can benefit from this book. Who doesn't get stressed or overwhelmed, engage in negative self-talk, or feel down about themselves at times? This book offers sug ...more
Allie
Inaccurately named. There was only a smattering of yoga. That's not to say that there isn't valuable information and meditation practices, but that's not what I was looking for. Also there's a lot of pseudoscience which is the worst.
Hilary
Literally the first half of the book is the history of anxiety, what it is, who has it, etc etc etc. That part of the book alternated between boring and stressful. Boring because it was stuff I already knew, or had more technical info than I cared to know... Stressful because there were "fill in the blank" type exercises that asked the reader to "Name" their anxiety and determine what "type" of anxiety they have. As someone who has suffered from anxiety for basically all of my life, these type ...more
BooksAndTea
The book is not strictly yoga focused on anxiety, but it does seem to have some good tips and practices. The authors take a fairly approachable way of discussing what is anxiety, what it does to our bodies and what we can do to work through it. Sprinkled throughout the text are personal anecdotes, meditation/mindfulness practices and discussions of sheaths, chakras and other aspects of our minds and bodies.

Although this is, for me, is more of a reference to keep than to read through, I thought i
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Siobhan
This book only loses a star because although being with your anxious and upset emotions is healthy there is a limit to how much this is effective. If a person is a survivor or child abuse or severe trauma for example then being with the emotions will be too much. There needs to be regulation of how much and how long a person is immersed in their feelings because if there isn't then it's too overwhelming and instead of it being a release it becomes a re traumatization even if the person says to t ...more
Cara Patterson
Fluffy yoga philosophy. I thought it would focus more on yoga as exercise for soothing anxiety. Ordered it on my library's website; if I had actually flipped through it before starting to read it, I'm sure I would have realized it's not the book for me. It was short, though, so no big deal.

Contrast the section on "chakras" (energy centers in the body) with Lawrence LeShan's explanation of the problem with a lot of meditation teachers: they confuse metaphor and reality. No, there isn't actually
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Ashley
I think the title would have been better if it was just "Meditations and Practices for Calming the Body and Mind" rather than adding the word yoga to confuse those who aren't seriously into the mind, body, and spirit level. This book serves as a good introduction to making yoga a more spiritual experience, though. Mary and Nick wrote the book in a way to gently ease the reader into some beginning mindfulness and meditation exercises so the reader can pick and choose what works for them to practi ...more
AnandaTashie
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Read bits and pieces of this, but it's written quite accessibly with mental / emotional / spiritual exercises, plus focus on breath, meditation, and simple yoga poses.

A couple of things I want to remember from the exercises:

- Explore your story of identity ("I am the kind of person who ___. I've always believed that I was ___. I describe myself as ___.")

- Remember unity experiences and profound connection experiences.
Chris
I think this book could have been condensed down to chapter 6 and 7. The first five chapters are filler material. Chapter 6 gives you the yoga poses. Chapter 7 gives you some meditation. For myself that was all I needed to read. I read all of the antidotes that make up the rest of the chapters in this book and found that they did not help relieve my stress, but rather added to it.
Jill
This was a great reference when I started yoga again after a car accident. I've had anxiety for a long time but it became fairly unmanageable after the accident. This book helped me to stop and breathe. It also had good exercises to lead me to let go of past thoughts and behaviors. I would highly recommend this book!!
Teacatweaves
This book starts out as a slow read because of all the exercises up front. The real meat are the exercises and the guides to yoga techniques. Pick and choose what works for you!
Liser
Excellent insights into anxiety as well as some calming yoga moves. This book really helped me through a rough time and I would recommend it to anyone willing to be open minded.
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