- Series: Norton Professional Books (Hardcover)
- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (April 9, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393707172
- ISBN-13: 978-0393707175
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Yoga Skills for Therapists: Effective Practices for Mood Management (Norton Professional Books (Hardcover)) 1st Edition
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“[U]seful for anyone wishing to empower him of herself with tools to establish greater emotional resilience and/or relieve anxiety and depression . . . . [C]ontains a wonderful compilation of simple mind-body practices that really everyone can benefit from.”
- The Huffington Post
“[G]roundbreaking . . . .[B]rilliantly opens a door to the physical and spiritual layers of a client―one that many therapists and counselors have been waiting to walk through. From a place of genuine respect, integrity, and intention, Amy Weintraub offers easily applied foundational yogic practices to enrich the therapeutic experience for both client and practitioner.”
- Yoga Therapy Today
“The value of this book is in its range: from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra to current scientific research, relevant psychology writings, and actual case studies, everything a therapist needs is right here.”
- Yoga International
“[A] pick for any serious psychology collection and offers therapists a groundbreaking discussion from a leader in yoga’s application to mental health. . . .It’s a ‘must’ for any collection strong in clinical applications of meditative skills.”
- Midwest Book Review
“Amy Weintraub has produced a groundbreaking manual that will guide a whole new generation of patients and therapists in the use of simple but extremely reliable yoga-based techniques for self-regulation.”
- Stephen Cope, author, Yoga and the Quest for the True Self
“Yoga Skills for Therapists is both practical and inspiring; it will allow you to offer the precious gifts of yoga to your clients and deepen the roots of your own practice as well.”
- Tara Brach, PhD, author, Radical Acceptance
“Amy Weintraub is a master teacher, and her skills and heart are woven throughout this new classic for therapists, clients, and anyone interested in inner strength and peace.”
- Rick Hanson, Ph.D. author of Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
“Amy Weintraub helps us to bring the ancient wisdom and scientifically validated power of yoga into our clinical practices. This book is lucid, well documented, and immediately practical. Powerful medicine for our patients and clients, and for all of us.”
- James S. Gordon, MD, author, Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression, founder & director, Center for Mind-Body Medicine
About the Author
Amy Weintraub, MFA, E-RYT 500, has been a pioneer in the field of yoga and mental health for over 20 years. The author of the bestselling Yoga for Depression, she trains mental health and yoga professionals in adapting yoga for mood disorders in clinical settings at notable national and international venues, including Kripalu and the Omega Institute, and is involved in ongoing research on the effects of yoga on mood. The founding director of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute, she offers advanced professional certification for mental health and yoga professionals in LifeForce Yoga(R) for depression and anxiety, as well as workshops for the everyday yoga practitioner.
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As a yoga teacher and teacher trainer of some decades and a psychotherapist for about as long who has used yoga with every client over a 30+ year career, there are several aspects of this book that I felt considerable caution about. For example, the use of breath retention practices by anyone without a very long experience in meditation poses risks that are not evident from a purely physical approach to yoga. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika cautions against the use of retention (kumbhaka) unless there is substantial purification of the nadis (which means long and continual work on emotional purification). Unfortunately, the text does not give us the sign of adequate purification (spontaneous kumbhaka) and as a result premature practice of kumbhaka is exceedingly common in the US and elsewhere.The meditative reason why this is a problem is that kumbhaka strengthens and intensifies all the subtle impressions (samskaras) in one's mindfield both pleasant and painful. It means that the student will have a longer and more difficult course of what Patanjali calls chitta-prasadana (making the mind clear and pleasant) in the process of purifying the nadis enough to become stillness both physically and mentally. In layman's terms it creates more pain for the student to eventually undo. This adds up to doing violence to onesself.
It seems to me a substantial drawback that while Weintraub has substantial training as a yoga teacher, her credentials in terms of training in psychotherapy, at least as described on the jacket of the book, seem wanting to this reader. Absolutely the practices are useful, but as with everything in therapy they need the context of both a steady therapeutic relationship and a solid, long-term practice on the part of the therapist. Use With Caution
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who works with depressed and/or anxious clients and is looking for practical skills to use and the reasons to use them. It's also taken my own personal yoga practice to a deeper place, which I think helps me connect more with my students.