A Compassionate Guide to Relieve Suffering Through Yoga
(Broadway Books, 2004)
From the back cover:
More that 25 million Americans are treated with antidepressants each year, at a cost in excess of $50 billion. But the side effects of popular prescription drugs may seem nearly as depression as the symptoms they’re meant to treat. Veteran yoga instructor Amy Weintraub offers a better solution – one that taps the scientifically proven link between yoga and emotional well-being as well as the beauty of ancient approaches to inner peace.
Addressing a range of diagnoses, including dysthymia, anxiety-based depression, and bipolar disorder, Yoga for Depression reveals why specific postures, breathing practices, and meditation techniques can ease suffering and release life’s traumas and losses. Weintraub also reflects on her own experience with sever depression, from which she recovered through immersing herself in a daily yoga routine.
Yoga for Depression is the fist yoga book devoted exclusively to the treatment o these debilitating conditions. Amy Weintraub will help readers see their suffering and themselves in a vibrant new light.
Here’s what the experts are saying:
“Yoga for Depression is a godsend: beautifully written, medically accurate, and very practical. I highly recommend it!” — Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
“Weintraub has written… a sensitive, intelligent, painstaking exploration of the deeper psychospiritual issues that make up the complex experience of depression.… What is most impressive about this text, though, is not how much she knows but the way she conveys what she knows, the innate qualities she brings to her writing: her steadfastness in encouraging the reader, her agility at drawing on ageless yoga texts, her insights into the problems of the self and the conditions in modern society that exacerbate them.” — Phil Catalfo, Yoga Journal
“Heal yourself with Yoga For Depression. I absolutely love this book and highly recommend it.” — Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., Author of Meditation as Medicine
“Amy Weintraub’s work is some of the most important in our world today for helping humanity understand more deeply the significance of the mind-body connection. Her insights are inspirational for yoga teachers and all readers.” — Rama Jyoti Vernon, Founder, American Yoga College
“This is a book about integrating the mind and the body, about using movement to mend oneself; in a world obsessed with psychopharmacology, reading it was a refreshing reminder that, in some cases, the tools we have to cure depression reside not in a pill, but in our own bodies, if we are willing to try.” — Lauren Slater, author of Prozac Diary and Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir
“Yoga for Depression belongs in the hands of every person who experiences depression and in the library of every therapist who works with people suffering from depression.” — Richard C. Miller, Ph.D., Co-Founder of The International Association of Yoga Therapy.
“In the compassionate voice of someone who definitely knows the territory of depression, Amy Weintraub presents Yoga science and personal stories, research results and poetry, and practice instructions that are genuinely interesting in this very readable book that is both comprehensive and totally inspiring.” — Sylvia Boorstein, author of That’s Funny You Don’t Look Like a Buddhist and It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness
“Yoga for Depression is an astonishingly comprehensive guide to the art and science of Yoga. Herein lies a Yogic blueprint for how to be a human being, written by a compassionate and generous teacher.” — Stephen Cope, author of Yoga and the Quest for the True Self
“This is truly a beautifully written encyclopedia of yoga for depression. It is rare to find such a generous soul, willing to embrace all approaches to yoga, unbiased and yet having intelligent discernment and advice for those searching for help. In Yoga for Depression, Amy offers many guidelines and solutions through yoga, to both those who suffer from depression and to yoga teachers working with them.” — Angela Farmer, internationally known master Yoga teacher
“With clarity, compassion, and the courage of a person who has lived her own story all the way through, Amy Weintraub offers readers a self-aware, self-creating path through the darker thickets of a life. Her specific, gracefully presented suggestions for joining breath, body, movement, and mind bring one of the great wisdom traditions into a newly useful context, an essential means for renewing and reawakening contemporary life.” — Jane Hirshfield, author of five books of poetry, most recently Given Sugar, Given Salt: Poems
“If you are looking for an inspiring and trustworthy guide to heal into a whole new life, look no further.” — Richard Faulds, author of Kripalu Yoga: A Guide to Practice On and Off the Mat.
“In a clear, direct and grounded approach, this brilliant and comprehensive book offers guideposts for those seeking to reclaim their birthright of joy.” — Sudhir Jonathan Foust President, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health