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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.
|Publisher:||New Harbinger Publications|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Mary NurrieStearns, LCSW, RYT, is a psychotherapist and yoga teacher with a counseling practice in Tulsa, OK. She is author of numerous articles on psycho-spiritual growth, coeditor of the book Soulful Living, coauthor of the book Yoga for Anxiety, and has produced DVDs on yoga for anxiety and emotional trauma. She leads transformational meditation and yoga retreats and teaches seminars across the United States.
Rick NurrieStearns, is a meditation teacher, coauthor of the book Yoga for Anxiety, and coeditor of Soulful Living. For ten years he was the publisher of Personal Transformation, a magazine focusing on psycho-spiritual growth. He has been immersed in consciousness studies and yoga practices for nearly four decades. In 2009 he survived a near-fatal airplane crash that resulted in chronic pain. He credits the practice of meditation with helping him navigate through extreme pain and the journey of recovery.
Visit the NurrieStearns online at www.personaltransformation.com.
Table of Contents
1 Healing Involves Compassion 5
An Inquiry into Memories of Compassion 16
Select a Compassionate Phrase 20
Practicing Metta Prayer 22
Write a Compassionate Letter to Yourself 25
2 Trauma, Thoughts, and Healing 29
Self-Inquiry Practice: Who Am I? 36
Practicing Concentration Meditation 43
3 Emotional Trauma, Physiology, and Healing 53
Singing, Chanting, or Humming Practice 73
Measured Breathing Practice 75
Gentle Breath-Retention Practice 76
4 Healing Trauma With a Physical Practice of Yoga 79
A Practice of Yoga Poses 93
5 Paying Attention to Life in the Present Moment 119
Instructions for Doing a Body Scan 132
Instructions for Floor Gazing 133
Instructions for Sacred Symbol Gazing 135
Instructions for Paying Attention to Breathing 136
Instructions for Paying Attention to Eating 138
Instructions for Paying Attention to Walking 140
6 Dealing with Physical and Emotional Pain 143
Mantras for Sleep 157
Instructions for Focused Attention Meditation 160
Dirgha Pranayama or Three-Part Breath Practice 162
Focus on Ideas and Images That Fill You with Life-Enhancing Emotions 166
7 Trauma, Difficult Life Transitions, and the Spiritual Journey 169
Your Personal Yoga/Meditation Practice 182
Write About Your Internal Support System 184
Devotional Salutation 190
Mary and Rick NurrieStearns live in Tulsa, OK.