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Kundalini Yoga Meditation for Complex Psychiatric Disorders: Techniques Specific for Treating the Psychoses, Personality, and Pervasive Developmental Disorders 1st Edition

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[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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (April 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393705684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393705683
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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AS a yoga student and psychology major I've studied with the author for several years. I've practiced many Kundalini Yoga meditation techniques in this book and the one preceding it, thus I've experienced first hand that Kundalini Yoga provides the technology to heal mentally as well as spiritually. The experience I gained through reading the book opened my eyes to the most clear and comprehensive understanding of the complex mental disorders including schizophrenia, personality disorders, and autism. This understanding awakened in me a previously unknown compassion to all those suffering from these illnesses, and I gained insight of what is demanded of therapy in the future.

Kundalini Yoga, particularly the yoga protocols presented in this book and the one preceding it, will bring hope to those who have little to none. The instructions are presented with clarity, alongside with comprehensive, recent, and related scientific research and real-life case histories. This information can be very useful for psychologists, social workers, therapists, and counselors that may be looking for new approaches for treating complex and problematic patients. This book presents a bounty of novel and highly effective multi-part and disorder-specific protocols that are sure to help advance treatment for what are otherwise difficult and complex patients. I completely trust the techniques in this book since I have practiced many of them and now the multipart protocols, and I am looking forward to sharing them with patients in the future. If you have a hunch this book will help you, with patience and practice, it will.
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Great book. Shannafhoff-Khalsa's 8 part protocol on "avoidance" will be taught to our yoga students. His book is an impressive and invaluable contribution to yoga teachers, yoga students, and anyone seeking techniques for upliftment that work.
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As one of the leading masters of KY today, David's scientifically grounded and clinically researched work in effective therapeutic applications is the best in the field and clearly an important, not to be ignored tool in the increasingly over taxed and challenged field of psychological disorders. This book should be in every professional's library and the tools should be included in all applicable treatment.
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This book literally saved my life. Before I started the yoga exercises and the meditations, there was lots of stress building up in my subconscious mind. This resulted in a lot of panic attacks, hallucinations, uncontrollable fears, loss of appetite, depression, insomnia and more. I thought, how could I move ahead with my career and social interactions? And who would understand the psychosis that I am going through? What are my options? A lifetime of paying for psychotherapy or drugs, that will have long term consequences on my health? I am not dismissing those avenues, as I see their temporary usefulness, but the long term freedom of my mind today from the consistent practice of these yoga exercises was unimaginable to me before.

It is not a quick-fix, but a journey that requires lots of self love, a loving community or someone you trust and a personal responsibility for your thoughts and actions. Something else that is invaluable to me on my journey is practicing mindfulness, on my breath throughout the day. A great practice to keep track of the breath, is to have a timer go off every thirty minutes and take three deep breaths, as advised by Ph.D. Yogi Bhajan. Also a practical, scientific goal to stay motivated is to lower your rate of breathing to eight times per minute. This has helped me tremendously, to get to know the nature of my mind.

I can see a huge difference in my day when I start it off with some yoga. I have a greater capacity to endure any kind of 'inconveniences' and 'problems' are seen from a clearer prospective. Many people are noticing it too and complimenting me about it. It's not that I'm really different from anyone else, it's just that these practices work.
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