Drawing on her study of multiple traditions and lineages—from ancient yoga practices to current neuroscientific research on yoga benefits and contraindications—Weintraub presents a compendium of guided breathing exercises, meditations, self-inquiry practices, relaxation exercises, and simple postural adjustments that can readily accompany and complement psychotherapy—no mat or difficult postures required! Therapists learn exactly how to introduce these simple practices into a session, all within the comfort of their therapy room, no prior yoga training or experience necessary
Weintraub shows therapists how to introduce and apply a full range of yogic approaches: targeted breathing practices called pranayama that meet the present mood and bring it into balance; healing hand gestures called mudras; special sounds and tones called mantras; guided imagery and affirmation; yogic self-inquiry, and much more. Clinical stories and anecdotes explore how these yoga-based interventions, rooted in a firm, evidence-based foundation, can be used as effective treatments for a particular mood or mental state.
With over 50 photographs that clearly illustrate the practices and gestures, detailed, step-by-step instructions, and scripts for guided relaxation and meditations, Yoga Skills for Therapists is a practical, hands-on guide that teaches the power of basic yoga techniques to bring great self-awareness, balance, and lasting well-being to you and your clients.
"[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 "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 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 "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