[P]rovides practical and feasible yogic protocols for treatment of severe psychiatric disorders which were considered till date to be incurable even with pharmacological medications. By reading the success stories of the cases mentioned in this book, family members of psychiatric patients can seek solace in the existence of a possible alternative treatment for severe psychiatric disorders. (International Journal of Yoga)
The successful use of Kundalini Yoga to treat severe psychiatric illness is one of those disruptive observations that should make us sit up and wonder if we really know as much as we think we do. A first rate scientist and a high order Yogic practitioner and teacher, David Shannahoff-Khalsa draws on one of the world’s great wisdom traditions, providing much that may be of value to patients and practitioners and much that should stimulate further study. (John S. March, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Neurosciences Medicine, Duke Clinical Research Institute)
[A] ground-breaking book containing a new treatment modality, a courageous and inspired attempt to bridge the enormous gaps between cultures, between esoteric practice and everyday life, and to challenge existing western categories of health and illness. (The Humanistic Psychologist)
Our understanding of psychopathology and related mind-body states is incomplete. Shannahoff-Khalsa provides a well-informed overview of some of the most challenging disorders and currently available treatments, describing his experience working with severely affected individuals where intensive practice of specific yogic protocols resulted in substantial clinical improvement. (James Leckman, MD, Neison Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Psychology and Pediatrics at Yale, and Director of Research, Yale Child Study Center)
Most psychiatric disorders are chronic and disabling. Since current treatments often do not provide full symptom remission, additional approaches are needed. In this new book, Shannahoff-Khalsa continues to increase the credibility of Kundalini Yoga as one such approach. The yoga protocols introduced can serve as adjuncts to the treatment of specific psychiatric and personality disorders not explored in his previous books. (Euripides Miguel, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Sao Paolo Medical School)
About the Author
David Shannahoff-Khalsa is the Director of The Research Group for Mind-Body Dynamics at the BioCircuits Institute, University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is also a member of the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine, and a yogic therapist for the Center for Wellness & Personal Growth, Department of Psychiatry, UCSD. He has published widely in scientific journals and routinely presents full-day courses teaching these disorder-specific protocols at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Conferences, and at other national and international conferences.