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Yoga for Emotional Balance: Simple Practices to Help Relieve Anxiety and Depression Paperback – March 8, 2011
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“This book is excellent—it ’s timely, clear, and full of tools for creating emotional balance. I particularly love the restorative yoga sequences. They are close to miraculous, and everyone can do them.”—Lilias Folan, PBS host and author of Lilias! Yoga Gets Better with Age
“Forbes has crafted a knowledgeable, realistic guide to addressing the physical and psychological aspects of anxiety and depression, explaining how we can use the body and mind in concert with each other to heal. To her credit, Forbes grounds her ideas and recommendations in sober observations (as both a therapist and a yoga teacher), scientific literature, and a bodhisattva ’s compassion for human suffering. If you ’re struggling with anxiety and depression, this book could point the way to wholeness and well-being.”—Yoga Journal
“Bo Forbes has written more than just a book. She ’s put together a step-by-step prescription that can be tailored to individual needs for the effective relief of the common modern-day maladies of stress, anxiety, and depression.”—Richard Rosen, author of The Yoga of Breath
“Yoga for Emotional Balance teaches restorative poses and simple breathing techniques that, when practiced regularly, can put you on the path to feeling better.”—Timothy McCall, MD, author of Yoga as Medicine
“[A] unique synthesis of yoga and psychology . . . this important contribution to the field of integrative emotional healing is informative for teachers and therapists, yet accessible to the lay person.”—Yoga International
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Bo has a bachelor's and master's degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Her extensive training in Biopsychology, Sleep Disorders, Eating Disorders, Behavioral Medicine, and Stress Management informs her teaching, private work, clinical supervision, and teacher trainings. Bo has conducted seminars for health care organizations and professionals, and has consulted to professional sports teams, corporations, schools, and health care agencies throughout the United States.
In 2002, Bo developed Integrative Yoga Therapeutics™, an innovative approach to issues such as anxiety, insomnia, depression, chronic pain disorders, fertility, performance enhancement, injury prevention and rehabilitation, and more. In 2007, this approach earned Elemental Yoga its designation as an approved sponsor for post-graduate continuing education for social workers through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Her organization is also approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Bo serves on the Advisory Board of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).
Bo's articles have been featured in Yoga Journal, Body and Soul, and the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and she consults for several magazines, including Yoga Journal and Natural Health. She teaches internationally at conferences, yoga centers, yoga studios, and retreat centers. Her book Yoga for Emotional Balance: Simple Practices to Heal Anxiety and Depression (Shambhala Publications) was published in March 2011. For more information on her publications, teacher training, or travel schedule, visit her personal website, www.boforbes.com and her educational website, www.boforbesyoga.com.
Top Customer Reviews
This was a time before the emotionally healing benefits of yoga truly took hold in Western society, and Forbes was amazed by the transformation she saw in her patients. Rather than repeating the same mental "stories" over and over in therapy sessions, her patients began to address--and overcome--their negative emotional patterns by physically incorporating emotional balance.
Restorative yoga is based on the idea that the mind and the body speak to each other more often when we think. It combines the physical motions of yoga with the mental workout of meditation, thereby embodying the emotional healing process.
Forbes presents the medical explanations for why yoga has such an astounding effect on our health, and she introduces five ways to transform one's emotional patterns: calming the nervous system; regulating the breath; connecting with direct experience; quieting the mind; and changing the narratives you tell yourself that reflect your self-concept and world view.
She then outlines the differences between those who suffer anxiety, depression, or some blend of both. According to the kind of anxiety-depression afflicting you--and this can change as your emotional patterns change--Forbes then recommends restorative poses that will help calm or reinvigorate your nervous system.
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Anyone who reads this book will see themselves in it because it becomes clear that both the processes of becoming imbalanced and those that lead back to balance are parts of the human condition. This makes the book a valuable companion for those seeking higher levels of conscious emotional engagement as well as for those who seek to understand emotional imbalance to help themselves or others attain or sustain balance. This is one of the few books in this field I am willing to recommend to any of my friends from the world of Yoga and the world of Psychology. I must say, "What a breath of fresh air."
Scott Newsom, Ph.D. RYT-200
Texas Licensed Psychologist 31249
Registered Yoga Teacher - 200 Hour Level
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good read for therapist interested in incorporating yoga or anyone in need of bringing peace and balance into his or her life.Published 22 days ago by Laquitha L. Price
This book is a must for every yoga practitioner and should be part of every Yoga Teacher Training Program. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Maureen Miller
I am a yoga teacher and had the pleasure of having Bo teach a section of my teacher training, and have also taken her restorative intensive. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ariana Brody
Bo Forbes has intelligently integrated psychology and yoga and demonstrated the benefits of employing the two in developing and sustaining emotional well-being.Published 10 months ago by Rita faelli
Amazing book! Bo Forbes wrote an exceptional book that has been life changing for me. She has such a keen understanding of anxiety and depression and how to tackle it head on. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amber Bethke
So many of my clients experience both anxiety and depression and this book does a great job of talking about both. Great restorative yoga photos.Published 13 months ago by Jenilyn Gilbert