1st Edition

Yoga Therapy
Theory and Practice

ISBN 9781138816169
Published April 1, 2015 by Routledge
216 Pages

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Book Description

Yoga Therapy: Theory and Practice is a vital guidebook for any clinician or scholar looking to integrate yoga into the medical and mental health fields. Chapters are written by expert yoga therapy practitioners and offer theoretical, historical, and practice-based instruction on cutting-edge topics such as application of yoga therapy to anger management and the intersection of yoga therapy and epigenetics;  many chapters also include Q&A "self-inquiries." Readers will find that Yoga Therapy is the perfect guide for practitioners looking for new techniques as well as those hoping to begin from scratch with yoga therapy.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Ellen G. Horovitz  I. History, Philosophy and Regulation of Yoga Therapy  1. Yoga: History and Philosophy in the West Richard Rosen  2. Yoga Therapy Defined Robert Butera  3. Regulating Yoga Therapy: Acceptance in the West Dan Seitz  4. Organizational Yoga Therapy: The Unfoldment of Institutional Consciousness Matthew J. Taylor  II. Models of Practice  5. Yoga and Neuronal Pathways to Enhance Stress Response, Emotion Regulation, Bonding, and Spirituality Patricia Gerbargand and Richard P. Brown  6. Hot Yoga and Emotional Detox Benjamin Lorr  7. Relaxing into the Self: Why We All Need to Learn to Let Go Judith Hanson Lasater  8. How the Yoga Lifestyle Transforms Stress Robert Butera and Erin Byron  9. Yoga Therapy for Our Healers: How to Give to Self to Give to Others Joanne Wu  10. Yoga, Is It Learning or Therapy: Comparing Medical and Educational Models Staffan Elgelid  11. Family Yoga Therapy and Art Therapy: New Models of Treatment Ellen G. Horovitz  12. An Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Diet: An Internet-Based Study Lisa Conboy, Hilary Garivaltis, Erin Casperson, & Scott Blossom  13. Yoga and Mental Health Treatment: The Crumbling Wall Amy Weintraub  14. Yoga for Anger Management Sheri Kreher  15. Music of Yoga/Yoga of Music François Raoult  16. My Other Yoga: A Patient’s Journey through Healing On and Off the Mat Frances Sommer Anderson and Laura (pseudonym)  Appendix  Index

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Ellen G. Horovitz, PhD, is professor and director of the graduate art therapy program at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. She is the author of 7 books, served on the American Art Therapy Association’s board of directors and as president-elect, and is past media editor of Arts & Health: An International Journal of Research, Policy and Practice.

Staffan Elgelid, PhD, is an associate professor of physical therapy at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York and has served on the board of the North America Feldenkrais Guild, the advisory board of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and on the editorial board of several journals.

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Ellen Horovitz

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"What a wonderful book! There is little doubt that you or someone you know is ‘doing’ yoga. Yoga Therapy is a marvelous addition to our understanding of yoga as exercise and as a path to self-transformation and self-realization. This book features renowned experts who clearly and articulately describe the wholeness of this practice, which lifts yoga from our fuzzy ideas of a ‘twisty, bendy way of stretching’ to its rightful place as an opportunity for holistic healing of the body through the mind and of healing of the mind through the body. Yoga makes a difference in our lives. This book artfully articulates just how that happens in many varied pathways, and it’s a delightful gift for anyone who is interested in yoga. You will return to it time and again for understanding and insight into this transformational practice." Carol M. Davis, DPT, EdD, FAPTA, professor emerita in the department of physical therapy at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and a JF Barnes myofascial release physical therapist with Polestar Pilates Rehabilitation in Coral Gables, Florida

"This book is a brilliant manifestation that offers an intelligent, insightful, and useful look into the evolution and progression of yoga therapy into the modern medical and mental health treatment plans. Yoga Therapy is an exquisite buffet of exceptional experts sharing a collective wealth of valuable factual information, tastefully explained practical applications, intriguing case studies—all topped with healthy ‘self-inquiry’ desserts! This feast is a fantastic, viable reference for yoga and health professionals to better serve students and clients, but it’s also an easily digestible reference from which anyone can benefit. Enjoy!" Helene Couvrette, E-RYT500, yoga therapist and cofounder of the Montreal International Symposium on Therapeutic Yoga (MISTY)

"Yoga Therapy is a remarkable book that provides insight into the field of yoga therapy and its applications to those working in healthcare, but it’s also great for the consumer who wishes to learn more about the practices of yoga and how those practices might help in self-healing." Chrys Kub, integrative physical therapist and yoga therapist

"As the burgeoning field of yoga therapy continues to gain traction, education is of the upmost priority for those interested in the field. Since yoga encompasses the entirety of human experience, the definitions of what yoga therapy is can be as varied as they are broad. This important new work offers readers an insightful survey of different experts in the field and is a valuable contribution to the ongoing conversation about potential applications of yoga therapy in the modern world." Kristen Butera, editor of Yoga Living Magazine, owner of the YogaLife Institute, and co-creator of the Comprehensive Yoga Therapy Training Program

"As a clinical psychologist and yoga therapist, I found the book interesting, and even more so the second time I read it... The book's strength is as a broad sampling of ways in which yoga concepts and practices can be put to use on their own, and incorporated into traditional approaches to enhance their capacity to effect change at the level of the mind and body. Given that many of the mental health and chronic illness conditions millions of people across the globe struggle with today are increasingly identified as having both mind and body componenets that need to be addressed in tandem to creat real and lasting improvement, that is potentially a rather large and useful contribution to make to the literature." Lisa Kaley-Isley, training faculty of Yoga Campus Yoga Therapy Diploma Course, founding director of Yoga Therapy Clinic in London, in PsycCritiques