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Awake at 3 a.m.: Yoga Therapy for Anxiety and Depression in Pregnancy and Early Motherhood Paperback – Illustrated, May 29, 2018
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“Awake at 3 a.m. is a necessary treatise for mothers with helpful insight and practical tools that offer the potential to soothe, ease, and nourish (something often directed at the newborn and not the mother herself). I wish this book existed during my pregnancy and my early experiences of motherhood. Suzannah Neufeld has truly offered us all a gift with her words of wisdom and expertise.” ––Melanie Klein, Co-founder of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition and co-editor of Yoga and Body Image
“Suzannah Neufeld's experience as a psychotherapist and yoga therapist qualifies her to guide women through the sometimes rocky waters of pregnancy and new motherhood. But it is her personal honesty, her compassion, and her commitment to offer a light in dark waters that really makes this book stand out. Awake at 3 a.m. is a must have guide for all mamas.” ––Jane Austin, Founder/Director Mama Tree Prenatal Yoga School and Director of Prenatal and Postnatal Program at Yoga Tree
“If you are pregnant or a new mom who is struggling, Awake at 3 a.m. is a map for the road to recovery. Neufeld’s training, experience, and compassion oozes out of every page, leaving the reader feeling understood and supported. Her ability to bust through myths and debunk stereotypes, in particular about the practice of yoga, is incredibly powerful and effective. This book will change your life.” ––Pec Indman, Chairperson of the Education and Training Committee, Postpartum Support International
“Suzannah Neufeld acknowledges and digs into all the feelings around parenting, no matter how messy they may be. In doing so, she shows us how yoga therapy can support new mothers and how motherhood can be embraced as a yogic practice.” ––Roseanne Harvey, It’s All Yoga, Baby
About the Author
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Paperback : 248 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1941529925
- ISBN-13 : 978-1941529928
- Dimensions : 5.06 x 0.71 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Parallax Press; Illustrated edition (May 29, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #691,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beyond the yoga therapy poses, what I love so much about this book is the way the author talks about this difficult time with deep understanding and compassion. Reading the book is like getting a warm hug from a dear friend. Her words encourage mothers to have compassion for themselves in their pain, and yet know that it will pass and they will feel better with time and help.
This book is incredibly helpful. If you are a new parent, I can't recommend it enough. It's not just for "yoga people," it's for everyone, and the writer is really great at being funny and real and proactive all at the same time. No - your head doesn't have to be clear, you don't have to be "good" at meditation, but, you do have to try this, now, and through practicing, you will realize the benefits. She makes you laugh through the challenges and she makes you feel like you can do this.
My favorite thing about the book is this idea that permeates every page: I'll call it the "It's OK principle." The notion that you're ok exactly how you are, you don't need to be fixed. And the notion that there are these basic steps you can take to feel better that don't require the overwhelming task of getting yourself to a 90-minute yoga class or even driving to a 50-minute therapy session. It was empowering to read the book and to perform some very simple practices that I could do every day, that weren’t hard or overwhelming, and that made me feel like I was a human being again! Plus, the book gives you permission to do some things that really feel impossible at first (like put the baby down, let her cry, and go pee if you have to pee! It’s ok if she cries while you pee! Who knew?!)
The promise of the book - that each of these practices is enough, that they COUNT as legit yoga, legit self-care, legit ways a woman can begin to heal herself - is a promise that immediately put my mind at ease. I used to teach yoga, and so getting back to my practice felt super overwhelming because I knew I wouldn’t be able to do half of what I did in my pre-pregnancy days. But a simple practice is still a practice, and as the author gently reminds you again and again, it is often the best practice for a mom who feels she's too in over her head to even leave the house.
If you’re anxious or depressed after your baby is born, get this book. It’s like a big hug. It will make you feel so much better!
As a therapist, I will recommend this to every patient who is going through this time in their lives. The psychoeducational pieces are very strong.
I feel indebted to this author for writing this book, and I hope she knows that her hard work is going to help a lot of people. I know it's helping me.