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Why Zarmina Sings: 18 Steps to Live and Learn Beyond Anxiety Paperback – March 28, 2016
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Therese Ayla Kravetz is a writer, teacher, and speaker. Before her teaching career, Therese was an actor and a voice coach. Later, she taught English to non-native speakers at a community college in Virginia. She discovered through her acting and teaching career how to "re-wire" her anxious brain and help her students do the same using voice, movement, breathing, drama, mindfulness and more. She noticed these classroom techniques accelerated learning and creativity as students bypassed anxiety. Her books, her blog, and her teaching show others how to transform the fight or flight response and tune into their authentic voice and creativity. She won a sabbatical to pursue her work in this field. She has an M.Ed. from Lesley University, and a B.S. from Georgetown.
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Each of the steps is given its own chapter. Rather than being written in a “Step 1” then “Step 2” order to follow, they’re put in an almost fluid flow, Chapter 1 seeming to naturally flow into Chapter 2, and so forth. They build upon each other. Perhaps I’m not explaining it well. Here’s an analogy: it was less like going up a set of steps where each step is a level, helping me climb to a higher level, and more like climbing a sloping hill, with each chapter leading upward. Some chapters I found I connected with more than others, but all of them were good. I especially liked the chapter that explored examples of how returning soldiers might deal with PTSD. I’ve never been in the military, but my dad and brother have, and I appreciate the sacrifice and service of the service men and women in the military.
I recommend this book to anyone who would like to learn more about how to deal with anxiety in a positive way, or anyone who simply would like to be enlightened with some uplifting ideas about how to make life better. After all, we all deal with anxiety at different points in our lives, and to different degrees.
Again, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
By sharing her experiences working with students from young children to adults and from a wide range of backgrounds, the author weaves together stories of overcoming fears and self-doubt, both the students’ and her own. The very relatable issues faced by both the author and her students serve as a springboard to easy, practical ideas for dealing with those issues. From simple breathing techniques to using props and costumes to listening to your gut, there are ideas for facing down whatever causes anxiety and prevents one from reaching his or her potential.
As a substitute teacher, I found many valuable suggestions in the book that I will definitely try in the classroom. As a woman dealing with everyday life, I found intriguing ideas that apply to situations I face day after day. This enjoyable book has something for everyone.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I will say that I think the subtitle and blurb for this book are a little misleading. The focus is largely on how to teach effectively using these techniques. I'd put the book under the heading of an inspirational handbook on teaching than a self-help book on overcoming anxiety.
Still, it's a good read, particularly if you're into positive psychology, mind-body connection, and that sort of thing. I think teachers will get some good techniques from it as well.
Note: I received a free copy for a nonreciprocal review.
"Copy provided courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review."