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Yoga for Emotional Balance: Simple Practices to Help Relieve Anxiety and Depression Paperback – March 8, 2011
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“Forbes clearly and compassionately explains anxiety and depression and helps readers understand the process of healing. We can all benefit from these teachings.”—LA Yoga
“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
About the Author
Bo Forbes, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist, yoga teacher, and integrative yoga therapist whose background includes training in biopsychology, behavioral medicine, and stress management. She is the founder of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics, a system that specializes in the therapeutic application of yoga for anxiety, insomnia, depression, immune disorders, chronic pain, and physical injuries. Forbes conducts teacher trainings and workshops internationally, and writes frequently for magazines such as Yoga Journal, Body + Soul, and the International Journal of Yoga Therapy. For more information, visit her online at boforbes.com.
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I would definitely recommend this book for anyone working through depression or anxiety, especially if looking to yoga to accomplish stress management.
My only criticism is very minor compared to my overall expectations of the book (which were easily met). I would have liked a little bit of background on the reasons she picked the poses that she did--as in, what is each pose supposed to do for your body and mind, so that you can be more intentional about choosing specific poses out of a set.
June 26, 2013: Update on review (still a really great guide): I have had this book for at least two months now, trying my best to do a minimum of 10 minutes of yoga poses from the book daily. I read through it once and have since been using it as a reference to revisit some of the techniques.
I am working on a combination of both depression & anxiety and had spent over a month doing the depression poses the author recommended. I found them relaxing, but that's about all--nothing to write home about. On a whim, I tried some of the anxiety poses a few days and it was like I hit a jackpot. During a 2 week stint with father in law visiting, my stress level sky-rocketed. One night, just a couple of weeks ago, a 30 min. home session doing just a couple of the anxiety poses literally snuffed the anxiety out of my body. I could actually get to sleep that night. That was a real transformative moment for me, and a confirmation that this stuff actually works. I don't think I really expected to work, or that its impact could be so noticeable.
Long story short: My suggestion for future readers would be to experiment with all of the different techniques discussed in the book. If you can't tell that what you are doing is helping after a month or two, try some of the other stuff to see if something different won't get at the stress a little better.
Change is possible if you're willing to do the work. As a yoga teacher and someone who experiences both anxiety and depression, the breathing techniques and restorative postures are exactly what so many are looking for and need. Thank you Bo, Namaste <3 Jill Lord