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Yoga Skills for Therapists - Effective Practices for Mood Management

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Drawing on her study of multiple traditions and lineages—from ancient yoga practices to current neuroscientific research on yoga benefits and contraindications—Weintraub presents a compendium of guided breathing exercises, meditations, self-inquiry practices, relaxation exercises, and simple postural adjustments that can readily accompany and complement psychotherapy—no ma ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 9th 2012 by W. W. Norton Company
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Erin | snappshelfbooks
This book was just okay for me. Though there is a lot of helpful information and I appreciate the research to support the various techniques, I just didn’t like the authors tone. I know that this book was published around 8 years ago, but her binary gender language is extremely distracting and didn’t feel appropriate. Constantly switching from she/her to his/he, etc. This is picky, but if you’re using it in a therapy setting it’s important to consider AND further shows that yoga has to be decolo ...more
Kait Vanderlaan
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book teaches the benefits of different types of breathing, mantras, mudras, imagery, rest, and other forms of yoga and examples of how to use each in session. I appreciated the explanations, benefits, contraindications, and examples offered of the techniques. As a yoga teacher, the majority of this book was basic knowledge but the tie in to how it can benefit someone with anxiety and depression was helpful. I also work as a therapist and am always interested in ways to include yoga seamless ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It presents many ideas for including pranayama, mantra, mudras, meditation, and imagery into a yoga practice to help clients learn to modulate their thoughts and emotions. As the title suggests, the book is for therapists, but the methods introduced could easily be used by any yoga teacher.
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
pg. 179

We know how easy it is to numb out, to find ways to distract ourselves from our own difficult emotions. When painful feelings arise for clients, unhealthy patterns may reassert themselves -- default strategies like bingeing on food, drugs, or alcohol, zoning out on television, or oversleeping. Sometimes even healthy strategies help us and our clients avoid being honest with ourselves. We can become compulsive about exercise. Even yoga practice can be an escape from what's right in front o
Courtney Waller
May 03, 2015 rated it liked it
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I'm not totally on board with the spiritual aspects but as someone who has done yoga for a few years, I find a lot of value in doing breathing exercises and meditation - as a way of centering and coming back to myself so that I can then do the healing work I need to do. I think while this is geared towards therapists, non-therapists can find value in either applying the exercises to themselves or for asking their therapists to work with them in this way. ...more
Jul 18, 2014 rated it liked it
I like this book and would like to keep it as a reference. It is very practical and contains a variety of exercises for personal or therapeutic use. I appreciated the research references - while I'd like to see even more! ...more
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Amy Weintraub is a pioneer in the yoga and mental health field and the bestselling author of Yoga for Depression, and Yoga Skills for Therapists. She is the recipient of the Allen Tate Memorial Award for the Short Story and a finalist for the William Faulkner Award for the Novel. Amy is proud to be both a teacher and student of yoga. A sought-after speaker, she's been interviewed on radio, podcast ...more

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