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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (December 23, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767914503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767914505
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Long-time yoga teacher and writer Weintraub offers readers yoga as an alternative to antidepressants, which, she explains, treat the symptoms of the problem but not the whole person. By contrast, "a daily practice of yoga will bring your physical body and your emotional body into balance, restoring a sense of well-being and energy." Weaving in her own triumphant story and those of her students, Weintraub seems to beg readers to give yoga a chance to relieve their suffering. She constructs a convincing, if at times plodding, case by reviewing the medical evidence, such as the practice's impact on stress levels and the healing principles of yoga, which include developing both your energy and your self-awareness. Weintraub also discusses the roles of breathing and meditation, and, most interestingly, explains how holding certain poses can help release trauma that may be "stored" in the body. Although descriptions and pictures of specific stretches, poses and breathing exercises are scattered throughout, Weintraub encourages readers to use the book as a guide and to find a class taught by a qualified yoga instructor. Perhaps some readers will be motivated to do so because of the author's enthusiasm and well-researched material. But the New Age language-"Ishvara-pranidhana can mean that separations between you and your partner may begin to dissolve so that you experience the wholeness of sacred union with the divine through your partner"-might discourage others.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Depression has become a worldwide epidemic; in the U.S. alone more than 17 million Americans are diagnosed with clinical depression each year. Weintraub makes a viable case for incorporating yoga in the treatment of depression. A writer and yoga teacher, she suffered from debilitating chronic depression and spent many years on antidepressant medications. Through yoga, Weintraub was able to gradually go off medication, and she has been free of a recurrence of depression for more than 15 years. Through her own story and the stories of others, she defines and describes various types of depression, anxiety, and other emotional disorders, and offers yoga techniques for their treatment. Beyond anecdotal evidence, Weintraub presents summaries of several scientific studies that show that various yoga techniques have measurable effects on relieving depression for people all over the world. Jane Tuma
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I am looking forward to to a better and healthier way of thinking.
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Reading this book has led me to a fuller, richer practice, and a fuller richer life.
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I highly recommend this book and I am enjoying my new yoga adventure.
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234 of 241 people found the following review helpful By G. William Berry, PhD on June 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
As a psychotherapist who also practices yoga, I was immediately drawn to this book in my continuing search for ways to integrate yoga into therapy. Although I enjoyed reading the book, I'm not too sure that I came away with anything practical that I would add to my professional work other than to say that it appears that yoga can help some people recover from depression and bipolar disorder some of the time.
The author begins by telling the story of her own depression and treatment with medication which was ineffective until she began taking classes at a Kripalu Center in 1989. The yoga helped resolve her problems and she subsequently became a teacher in Tucson, AZ. Later in the book, she writes about how she used meditation and yoga to deal with her own breast cancer crisis which required some courageous self-disclosure on her part. I admire the fact that she "walks it like she talks it."
It's important to note that this book focuses more on yoga philosophy and is not a practice book. At the end of each chapter, the author demonstrates several experiential exercises, but these are mostly kriyas and pranayamas. There is not attempt to outline a particular sequence of postures that one should practice. She lists other resources that the student can access and highly recommends an experienced teacher.
I was disappointed of her summary of scientific evidence relating to yoga and depression, most of which appeared to be derived from second hand sources rather than the primary journal articles themselves. I am quite interested in this topic, and I will try to track down some of her sources later on. Much of the research has appeared in Indian journals and might not be accessible to a Western reader.
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74 of 79 people found the following review helpful By sue cohen on January 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
Dr. Christiane Northrup has called YOGA FOR DEPRESSION a "godsend" for good reason. Amy Weintraub's new book has given me insight in how to BE with myself in yoga class, so that I am doing the postures and breathing in new and more beneficial ways. "Going inside" now has a deeper meaning for me. I have been able to reach those parts of my psyche that have long been repressed. By getting to those areas, I have had openings in my life which I didn't even realize were possible. Reading this book has led me to a fuller, richer practice, and a fuller richer life. I threw away the anti-depressant medications & blended my new yoga practice with psychotherapy, I have regained my power & have taken charge of my emotions. I have ended a long term relationship, which I have tried for years & cleared the emotional & physical clutter in my life.
YOGA FOR DEPRESSION defines the different types of yoga practices with clear understanding about what practices are most likely to work for an individual. The book is both educational & inspiring and is appropriate for both mental health professionals and those experiencing depression. I would highly recommend this book to yoga practitioners, yoga teachers, mental health professionals and those who are holistically conscious.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Chuck on January 16, 2004
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I am not a doctor, nor a therapist and I am certainly not a Yoga expert. I read the book because a friend suggest it because I sometimes suffer from depression and I have never found my therapy and my med-therapy completely fulfilling. I was capartured by the authors words within the 1st few pages and it never let me go. It felt like a good mystery that you never want to put down because it continually reveals new twists and turns that are both baffling and intriguing.
I am hooked on what the author has said and have begun some beginner programs that are already feeling like they balance my talk therapy with a wholistic body therapy through yoga. Anyone who is a skeptic about yoga will get the most out of this book.
Her views on the need for the body to recover as much as the mind from depression struck me as simple yet astounding because we always think that talking & meds are a balance to depression or a vehicle out of depression; while missing the point of how we are centered through our bodies. All of this plus being backed up by research hit home in a significant way.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By M. McCormick on January 4, 2004
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Yoga and Depression is supportive, insightful, and user-friendly. Amy Weintraub discusses a difficult topic from her heart in a nonthreatening manner. She connects genuinely with the reader. She transmits soundly the message of self-acceptance and empowerment to every person who experiences depression and for every therapist who works with them. This is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to know more about depression and to acquire a shift in perspective about the treatment of this human condition.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By L. Alcalde on January 14, 2007
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As a long-time sufferer of depression and anxiety who has spent years on medication as well as counseling, this book provides a great deal of information on the healing nature of yoga and meditation. Ms. Weintraub certainly seems to understand the dark days firsthand and she offers positive advice on how a yoga practice can help quiet the mind as well as energize the body.

I did buy the book expecting it to have a full yoga program in it. But that is not the purpose of the book. It does have many yoga practices and they have been helpful but her intent is to explain the connection between our bodies and emotions and how yoga can help. She recommends taking a yoga class or using a book to truly learn yoga properly. She provides a fantastic list of resources at the end of the book for yoga websites, retreats, books, and cds.

I highly recommend this book and I am enjoying my new yoga adventure.
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