Many of us have experienced a traumatic event in our lives, whether in childhood or adulthood. This trauma may be emotional, or it may cause intense physical pain. In some cases, it can cause both. Studies have shown that compassion and mindfulness based interventions can help people suffering from trauma to experience less physical and emotional pain in their daily lives. What's more, many long-time yoga and meditation teachers have a history of teaching these practices to their clients with successful outcomes. In Yoga for Emotional Trauma, a psychotherapist and a meditation teacher present a yogic approach to emotional trauma by instructing you to apply mindful awareness, breathing, yoga postures, and mantras to their emotional and physical pain. In the book, you'll learn why yoga is so effective for dealing with emotional trauma. Yoga and mindfulness can transform trauma into joy. It has done so for countless millions. The practices outlined in this book will teach you how to use and adapt the ancient practices and meditations of yoga for your own healing.
Drawing upon practices and philosophy from eastern wisdom traditions, and texts such as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Bagavad Gita, and the Buddhist Sutras, this book will take you on a journey into wholeness, one that embraces body, mind and spirit. Inside, you will discover the lasting effect that trauma has on physiology and how yoga resets the nervous system. Combining yogic principles, gentle yoga postures, and mindfulness practices, this book filled with sustenance and practical support that will move you along your own healing path.
"Margaret Mitchell once wrote: 'Every problem has two handles. You can grab it by the handle of fear, or the handle of hope.' This book has a firm grasp on the handle of hope. This book offers a gentle, time-tested, nurturing approach to guide the reader through their recovery from trauma. It is a much-needed balm for a wounded world."--Henry Emmons, MD, integrative psychiatrist and author of "The Chemistry of Joy," "The Chemistry of Calm" and "The Chemistry of Joy Workbook"
Mary NurrieStearns, LCSW, RYT, is a psychotherapist and yoga teacher with a counseling practice in Tulsa , OK. She is author of numerous articles on psychospiritual growth, coeditor of the book Soulful Living, and coauthor of the book Yoga for Anxiety. She leads transformational meditation and yoga retreats and teaches seminars across the United States.