9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2010
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.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2010
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2011
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.
on December 3, 2014
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. Before you play a musical instrument, you have to tune it properly or even the greatest musician won't be able to sound good. And the same goes for the mind. With the science and art of yoga, we tune our minds and the daily experience is something that continues to inspire me.
A friend of mine has recently bought this book, he has been medicated for over five years for schizophrenia. He has experienced great changes with the exercises for psychosis. It has been very rewarding to me, just to past on the awareness of your book and see such positive changes to my friend.
I have participated in a telephone conversation and a skype conversation with David. He is a caring, intelligent and down to earth person. I recommend if someone has any doubts or would simply prefer to talk to someone that has years of experience as a research scientist and yoga teacher, then David is available for consultations as listed on his website.
Thank you so much David Shannahoff Khalsa :)
on March 19, 2014
A Valuable Tool for Therapists, Clinicians and other professionals of the Mental Health Field.
This book clearly displays the years of knowledge and research that went into writing it. A vast experience of cases and an attentive heart makes this book a treasure for anyone who is seeking effective protocols for treatment.