Awake at 3 a.m.: Yoga Therapy for Anxiety and Depression in Pregnancy and Early Motherhood

Awake at 3 a.m.: Yoga Therapy for Anxiety and Depression in Pregnancy and Early Motherhood

by Suzannah Neufeld MFT


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941529928
Publisher: Parallax Press
Publication date: 05/29/2018
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 849,347
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Suzannah Neufeld, MFT, C-IAYT, is a licensed psychotherapist, certified yoga therapist, and mother of two who has specialized in supporting people coping with eating disorders, body image concerns, anxiety, and pregnancy and early parenthood since 2003. She is a co-founder of Rockridge Wellness Center, a counseling and health collective in Oakland, CA, where she has a private practice and leads yoga therapy workshops. Awake at 3 a.m. is her first book.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Part 1 The foundations

Difficult Experiences in Pregnancy and New Motherhood 24

Yoga Therapy: A Compassionate Mind-Body Response 42

Part 2 The practices

Section 1 Make a Plan for Practice and for Support 58

Where do I begin? 59

You don't need a reason and it's not your fault 62

No, you won't "just be fine" 65

I'm not good at meditation 70

All you have to do is breathe 74

Affirmations are annoying 77

I never feel good anymore 81

I don't have time for yoga! 84

I'm having trouble bonding with my baby 87

Constant change is hard 90

I need help 94

Section 2 Welcome and Move with Your Thoughts and Feelings 99

I just want to feel better 100

Sadness 103

Anxiety, fear, and panic 107

I can't stop worrying! 110

Preoccupations 112

What if I can't stand this physical discomfort? 115

Rage 119

Sometimes I wonder if this was all a mistake 123

I should be grateful 126

Uncertainty 130

The darkest thoughts of depression 134

My baby won't stop crying 137

My baby has been up for hours and I can't sit down 140

Grief 143

Section 3 Cultivate Self-Compassion and Let Go of Comparisons 146

This is hard 147

How will I get through the rest of the day? 151

Compare and despair 154

Automatic negative thoughts 157

I'm not a good mom 160

I can't take any more advice! 163

The all-natural mandate 167

Body image blues 171

I need to make sure my baby is happy and healthy 175

What do they think of me? 178

I should … 181

Section 4 Develop Responsiveness and Flexibility 184

But I don't have anytime to take care of myself! 185

Why didn't anyone tell me? 189

My body hurts 192

I'm hunched over all day 196

I'm so tired 199

I can't relax 203

No rest for the weary 206

A moment alone 210

Food struggles 214

Breastfeeding 218

Exercise 221

I can't handle this 226

Trauma 230

When maternal instincts don't kick in 233

Conclusion 237

Notes 239

Acknowledgments 241

Index 245

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