Healing Depression the Mind-Body Way: Creating Happiness with Meditation, Yoga, and Ayurveda

Healing Depression the Mind-Body Way: Creating Happiness with Meditation, Yoga, and Ayurveda

by Nancy Liebler, Sandra Moss


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"If you have an interest in optimum mental health, this book belongs on your shelf!"
—AMY WEINTRAUB, author of Yoga for Depression

"A must-read for anyone interested in overcoming depression and healing themselves naturally. A very important book that will elevate you in many ways. Everyone must seek it out."
—DHARMA SINGH KHALSA, M.D., author of Meditation as Medicine and Dead Brain Cells Don't Lie


Healing Depression the Mind-Body Way shines a new light on the darkness of depression by presenting specific antidepression strategies designed to help you unleash your innate healing potential. The time-tested advice presented in this book is based on the latest theories of modern science and the practical wisdom of Ayurveda, an ancient system of natural medicine. This unique book offers a comprehensive step-by-step program for eradicating the root of depression from the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of your being.

Through detailed questionnaires about your psycho-physiological profile and elemental imbalances, you will identify an archetype that most represents your experience with depression. Then, you will design a tailor-made health program to regain balance in your mind-body.

You will learn to undo depression by:

  • Identifying your unique manifestation of depression based on elemental imbalances
  • Using yoga, exercise, and breathing techniques that are in sync with your specific physical, mental, and emotional needs
  • Using food and meditation as medicine

Whether you are battling a depressive episode or need support coping with the problems of daily living, this book will help you awaken the "physician within" and embark on a pathway to a life of balance and renewal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470286319
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 04/06/2009
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 996,764
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

NANCY LIEBLER, PH.D., is a clinical psychologist, professor, and lecturer. She teaches at the Michigan School of Professional Psychology and practices in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. SANDRA MOSS, M.S.P.H., is an Ayurvedic practitioner and a member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, practicing in Ann Arbor, Michigan. An active researcher and writer, Moss lectures and consults nationwide. Visit their Web site at www.depressionproofyourlife.com.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Vasant Lad, B.A.M.&S., M.A.Sc. vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Part I Finding Another Way 5

1 Beyond the Broken Brain 7

2 Why Depression Happens 23

3 The Many Faces of Depression 31

4 Airy Depression 44

5 Burning Depression 52

6 Earthy Depression 62

7 Metabolizing Life 70

8 Consciousness Becomes Us 82

Part II Creating Happiness 97

9 Meditation: Transcending Darkness 99

10 Breathing: Letting Your Life Force Flow 123

11 Exercise: Moving Your Spirit 143

12 Yoga: Posing for Life 160

13 Sleep: Recharging Your Life Force 188

14 Food: Nourishing Rites 216

15 Now What? 252

Appendix: Authors’ Evaluation of the Mind-Body Questionnaire: Assessing Our Imbalances 267

Resources 269

Index 271

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