Yoga for Emotional Trauma: Meditations and Practices for Healing Pain and Suffering

Yoga for Emotional Trauma: Meditations and Practices for Healing Pain and Suffering

by Mary NurrieStearns, Rick NurrieStearns


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Yoga for Emotional Trauma: Meditations and Practices for Healing Pain and Suffering by Mary NurrieStearns, Rick NurrieStearns

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608826421
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 07/01/2013
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 193,556
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.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Introduction 1

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

Conclusion 193

Bibliography 197


Mary and Rick NurrieStearns live in Tulsa, OK.

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