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yoga & psyche

Yoga & Psyche

Integrating the Paths of Yoga and Psychology for Healing, Transformation, and Joy
$21.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: February, 2018
ISBN: 9781622036561
In stock now: 6

Has yoga improved your health and expanded your awareness, but emotional and relationship issues continue to challenge you? Have you found psychotherapy helpful, yet yearn for further spiritual discovery?

With Yoga & Psyche, Mariana Caplan explores how these domains of transformation complement each other, laying the groundwork for a new merging of the two.

Even among the most dedicated of followers, neither yoga nor psychology alone offers a complete approach to integrated psychological and spiritual transformation. As Mariana explains, yoga by itself “does not heal relational wounds, increase self-esteem, enhance communication, reveal or change self-destructive patterns, or end addictions.” While Western psychology does address these problems, by itself psychology “can’t offer the contentment, joy, and life-altering experiences that yoga and other spiritual practices can.” It’s easy to see how either path alone can lack something crucial, and how both—when integrated—can generate something remarkable, fresh, and uncommonly beneficial…. She also elucidates how yoga and psychology can be informed by the related fields of somatics, neuroscience, and trauma studies, and she does so with an accessible voice that offers hands-on practices. —Don Hanlon Johnson, from his foreword

Through original research, clinical findings, Caplan's own experiences, and actual practices, Yoga & Psyche takes us on an in-depth exploration of this emerging new terrain.

From approximately two hundred studies, we developed the following propositions:

1. The Western psychologist can benefit from insights, practices, and research on yoga.

2. The Western practitioner of yoga can benefit by integrating the larger yogic perspective of breathwork and meditation, as well as somatic psychology, neuroscience, trauma research, mindfulness, and other developments in Western psychology.

3. The long-term integration of these two fields offers the practitioner the possibility of becoming fully embodied — for the consciousness and intelligence that are ordinarily associated with the mind to become awakened throughout the whole body.

4. There is a new field emerging in which a variety of methods that integrate yoga and psychology can be created, researched, and implemented.

Among the other books by Mariana Caplan are Eyes Wide Open and The Guru Question.

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Kabalah Yoga

Embodying the Hidden Power of the Sacred Hebrew Letters
$27.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: New Harbinger
Publication Date: January, 2018
ISBN: 9781626259379
In stock now: 2

Audi Gozlan, a certified yoga instructor and the founder of Kabalah Yoga (also a Canadian TV show!), offers a book that fuses the practice of yoga with the ancient wisdom of Jewish mysticism, teaching you how to awaken the secret energy of each Hebrew letter in order to enliven your practice and experience the hidden powers of the universe.

Kabalah Yoga blends the movement and meditation of Hatha flow yoga with the ancient teachings of Kabalah, incorporating the wisdom of the Hebrew letters, also known as the Sacred Shapes, which are believed by Jewish mystics to be divine templates that contain the creative energy of the universe. This book describes the body, breath, and soul found within each of the Sacred Shapes, and shows that by moving your body into asanas based on each letter of the Hebrew alphabet and meditating on their meaning, you can unlock and embrace their great, empowering, and healing wisdom. Kabalah Yoga brings a new form of awareness to the practice of yoga as a language of the soul, allowing you to journey deep within and discover yourself from the inside out, while tapping into the divine energy of each of the Sacred Shapes. With the explanations, insights, stories, meditations, and photographs in this book, you'll enhance your practice and improve your life.

Audi is an artist, scholar, yoga practitioner, explorer, and true pioneer. With the gift of this book, he is taking us into a path of feeling much more in our movement and breath. Kabalah Yoga encourages us to search inward and be the vessel that holds our soul flame, shining and elevating everything…

 

May we all realize the neshimah (breath) that is breathing us all. May we realize our ko-ach (full potential) as we connect to the ein sof  (eternal light) that embraces all life. —Shiva Rea, from the foreword

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Yoga for Healthy Aging

A Guide to Lifelong Well-Being
$33.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: December, 2017
ISBN: 9781611803853
In stock now: 3

Everyone would like to age as heathfully as possible and now numerous studies confirm what many yoga preactitioners have known for a long time: yoga practice has a remarkable impact on physical and mental health—and spiritual well-being—as you grow older. Yoga for Healthy Aging  is the definitive resource on how to use yoga to foster your physical, mental, and emotional health for a lifetime.

The authors--both popular and respected yoga teachers (one of whom is a family physician) provide readers with a yoga toolbox for healthy aging that includes poses, breathing practices, meditation, and yoga philosophy. They then offer you a safe, real-world yoga program to suit your particular needs. These short yoga practices were developed in consultation with scientific and medical experts on aging, and allow you to focus on maintaining overall physical health and/or addressing target problem areas, such as digestion, cardiovascular health, or anxiety. The authors conclude with instructions for practicing several different forms of conscious relaxation and meditation, all of which will set you up for a lifetime of emotional and spiritual well-being. This book includes over 200 instructional photos.

All the yoga in the world will not stop us from getting older, but it can help us approach the journey with more grace, agility, and assuredness. Baxter Bell and Nina Zolotow show us how in Yoga for Healthy Aging. Conversational style and gentle humor make their comprehensive medical knowledge and yoga teaching wisdom easily accessible to everyone—from beginning students to advanced teachers. And I love that they've given us concrete ways of celebrating who we are—instead of dreading what we fear we'll become—with each passing decade. A true gift for all ages.”—Linda Sparrowe, author of The Woman’s Book of Yoga & Health

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Daring to Rest

Reclaim Your Power with Yoga Nidra Rest Meditation
$19.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9781622039098
In stock now: 4

What if you could reboot your health, tap into your creative self, reclaim your wild nature, lead from your heart—and still feel well rested?

As modern women, we’re taught that we can do it all, have it all, and be it all. While this freedom is beautiful, it’s also exhausting. Being a “worn-out woman” is now so common that we think feeling tired all the time is normal. According to Karen Brody, feeling this exhausted is not normal—and it’s holding us back. In Daring to Rest, Brody comes to the rescue with a 40-day program to help you reclaim rest and access your most powerful, authentic self through yoga nidra, a meditative practice that guides you into one of the deepest states of relaxation imaginable.

Now, it’s time to lie down and begin the journey to waking up.

Though it comes from the yogic tradition, yoga nidra doesn’t look like a typical yoga class—the entire practice is done lying down. As you listen to a guided meditation, you’re gently taken into complete inner stillness, effortlessly releasing into a healing state that works on both cellular and subtle body levels.

With Daring to Rest, Brody presents a comprehensive yoga nidra program that unfolds in three phases: rest for physical exhaustion, release for mental and emotional exhaustion, and rise for tuning in to the “life purpose exhaustion” that can come when we’re not in our full power. Each phase includes a downloadable yoga nidra guided meditation and supportive practices.

The yoga nidra meditations will teach you how to step into a deeply restful, timeless state that relaxes your body and helps you feel physically rested. But physical exhaustion is just the first layer of exhaustion. If it were the only layer, ten just getting more sleep or sleeping better would resolve it. I will teach you how to use yoga nidra meditation to clear the burnout you’re experiencing at the deeper, subtler levels of your being, so that you can feel rested and whole again on not just the body level, but the levels of the mind, emotions, and psyche as well.

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Restore and Rebalance

Yoga for Deep Relaxation
$28.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9781611804997
In stock now: 4

 Restorative yoga, says Judith Hanson Lasater, is active relaxation. It makes use of props to create positions of ease and comfort that facilitate relaxation and health. In this companion volume to her seminal book Relax and Renew, Judith Lasater, a well-known and respected yoga teacher, offers a fresh set of restorative practices—with accompanying photos—to help balance and reset the body when you feel weak, fatigued, or stressed from your daily activities. They are especially beneficial for the times before, during, and after major life events, or when you are recovering from illness or injury. Lasater points out that restorative yoga is a wonderfully adaptive practice that can be tailored to people of all ages, all levels of yoga experience, and in all states of health. Yoga practitioners and teachers will appreciate this new collection of practices and sequences that build on concepts from the first volume.

“As we increase the speed of our communications and interactions, Restorative Yoga becomes more indispensable to our practice and our lives. I’m grateful for master teacher Judith Hanson Lasater, who continues to elevate the conversation with this new compilation of detailed, advanced Restorative postures, highlighting a universal truth of self-care in practice—slowing down is just another way of waking up.”—Elena Brower, author of Art of Attention and Practice You

“Judith Hanson Lasater has arguably done more than anyone since BKS Iyengar to popularize and refine this deeply therapeutic practice. This book should be required reading for yoga teachers and yoga therapists. It will also interest anyone who's looking for a self-directed approach to relieving stress, cultivating mindfulness, and healing body, mind and spirit.”—Timothy McCall, MD, author of Yoga as Medicine
 
Restore and Rebalance  is a vital resource for yoga teachers and students alike; and anyone who wishes to delve deeply into the science of restoration for building resiliency, health, and well-being at all levels of our body, mind, and spirit.”—Richard Miller, PhD, author of iRest Meditation

Judith Lasater was one of the five founders of Yoga Journal. She has taught yoga since 1971.

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Mother of the Unseen World

The Mystery of Mother Meera
$35.00 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9780812997255
In stock now: 20

Throughout history there have been rare individuals who transcend what most of us believe to be possible: enlightened beings who have access to experience and knowledge most of us do not have. The Indian-born avatar Mother Meera is such an individual. Born Kamala Reddy to an illiterate family, she was from a young age observed to be different from other children—she would sit in the forest for hours on end without moving or uttering a word and soon began attracting a following of devotees who would arrive to sit in her presence.

Believed to be an embodiment of the Divine Feminine, Mother Meera doesn’t preach, speak, or charge money, and is of no particular religion; instead, she gives light to those who seek her help. Known throughout the world for her abilities to undo energetic knots and to radically quicken the spiritual development of others, she has a center in Germany, where thousands of people visit her each month to receive her famous darshan, a silent blessing, and she has established a school in India for more than a thousand of the neediest students in the region.

Writing with her approval and cooperation, Mark Matousek, a longtime follower, has crafted a deeply moving and insightful book that takes us as close as possible to this remarkable woman, and to the experience of enlightenment.

Mother of the Unseen World reads like a classic adventure novel, with one exception—much of the adventure goes on inside the reader as we follow Mark Matousek’s everyman journey from pain and doubt to discovery and awakening. I don’t know who I learned the most from—the wise and powerful Indian saint Mother Meera, or the very human, very real, and equally wise Mark Matousek. I could not put this book down.” —Elizabeth Lesser, author of Broken Open

“This is a divine book about a divine woman and one of the best books I’ve read on the need for the return of the divine feminine here and now.” —Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues

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Shakti Rising

Embracing Shadow and Light on the Goddess Path to Wholeness
$23.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: New Harbinger
Publication Date: October, 2017
ISBN: 9781626259102
In stock now: 2

The wisdom of the Mahavidyas, the ten wisdom goddesses who represent the interconnected darkness and light within all of us, has been steeped in esoteric and mystical descriptions that made them seem irrelevant to ordinary life. But with this book, written by a cardiologist who found herself on a spiritual search for the highest truth, you're invited to explore this ancient knowledge and learn how it can be applied to daily struggles and triumphs—and how it can help you find unreserved self-love and acceptance.

In our search for peace and happiness, we may find ourselves fighting the shadows within us, trying to repress or disown certain qualities, especially our anger, violence, discomfort, craving, and disappointment. But in order to stop this fight, we must expand our understanding beyond the dualities of good versus bad, right versus wrong, and beautiful versus ugly, and accept the parts of ourselves we've tried to deny.

Pulling from Eastern traditions including tantra and yoga, and focusing on the feminine principle of divine energy also known as Shakti, this book bridges the divide between dualistic concepts and non-dual philosophy. By exploring the symbolism of the Mahavidyas (Kali, Tara, Tripurasundari, Bhuvaneshwari, Tripura Bhairavi, Chinnamasta, Dhumavati, Baglamukhi, Matangi, and Kamalatmika)—each with a veiled face representing a destructive quality that perpetuates ignorance and suffering, and a true face representing the wisdom that stimulates profound transformation and liberation—you'll learn to embrace and incorporate every aspect of who you are.

With practices, self-inquiry prompts, and stories from the author's own spiritual seeking, this exploration of the divine feminine will gently reveal the source of your fear, pain, and suffering, showing you that when you allow those parts of yourself to arise and simply be, you can finally begin to heal, overcome your limitations, and open to the light and beauty of your true nature.

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Yoga Therapy

Practices for Common Ailments
$33.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: October, 2017
ISBN: 9781623171063
In stock now: 3

From the best-selling author of Teaching Yoga, Yoga Sequencingand Yoga Adjustments comes this essential resource for learning how to adapt yoga practices to best accommodate and heal a wide array of common injuries and ailments. Surveying historical writings on yoga, ayurveda, and scientific medical approaches to health and healing, Mark Stephens distills this received wisdom of ancient and modern practices for more insightful and practical application in today’s world. He applies these insights to healing musculoskeletal injuries; promoting a healthy reproductive system; and addressing mental, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. With each health condition, Stephens applies yoga to the most recent evidence-based practices for healing, offering an integral place for yoga in integrative health practices.

Yoga Therapy is a practical manual with a systematic approach of considering the nature of each health condition and the specific asanas, pranayamas, and meditations most helpful in healing it. A glossary of asanas and asana contraindications provides a quick reference for learning what to do—and not do—for each of the 63 specific conditions covered in the book.

Rather than adopting a narrow medical model of healing as the reduction or elimination of symptoms, Stephens invites yoga theapists, teachers and students to relate to health as a continuous, dynamic process of self-care in which the qualities of personal experience and social connectivity matter.

He illustrates that how we live our lives—including our emotional states, nutrition, sleep, relationships, and sense of purpose—is reflected in our sense of balance (or imbalance) and well-being (or disease). Comprehensive, accessible, and informed by Mark Stephens’ decades of deep study, practice, and teaching, this will become an indispensable reference.

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Yogi Assignment

A 30-Day Program for Bringing Yoga Practice and Wisdom to Your Everyday Life
$33.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: September, 2017
ISBN: 9781611803860
In stock now: 0

This inspirational 30-day yoga and lifestyle program by one of the most dynamic and high-profile contemporary Ashtanga yoga teachers, Kino MacGregor will challenge your mind, body, and spirit.

The brave heart of a yogi is defined by actions that make the world a better place.

Live with authenticity, practice patience, let go of negativity—these are some of the core tenets of a yoga lifestyle, on and off the mat. Yoga is about much more than twisting yourself into shapes—the heart of this ancient practice is an inner journey, one of reflection, spiritual awakening, and ultimately a calm, clear mind. The Yogi Assignment is a 30-day introduction to these life-affirming and simple, yet revolutionary, principles. Led by master teacher Kino MacGregor, this journey will challenge and uplift your body, mind, and spirit. Each day offers a practice and meditation that will help you confront your emotional, physical, and mental limitations and inspire real change in your life. MacGregor is a fierce, loving guide who encourages you to look deeply within to find your wellspring of inner strength and courage.

Kino is one of the few people—and the youngest woman—to receive the Ashtanga Yoga Certification from its founder Shri K. Pattabhi Jois. Also by her are The Power of Ashtanga Yoga I and The Power of Ashtanga Yoga II.

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Energy Medicine Yoga Prescription

$26.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: September, 2017
ISBN: 9781622036615
In stock now: 2

When you're dealing with a health issue, what kind of energy practice will help the most? To bring ourselves back into wellness, teaches Lauren Walker, we first have to understand what brought our body out of wellness. When we return to balance, the body is best able to heal itself. With The Energy Medicine Yoga Prescription, Walker presents an invaluable self-care resource for helping us uncover the root causes of our physical and psychological health complaints—along with easy-to-learn practices to accelerate our healing.

Develop an intimacy with your body. Start to love yourself. Start to feel your energy moving, clearing. Come back daily to the dense physical, and it quickly moves to the more subtle layers. Use the density as a tool to discover where the work needs to be… Energy wants to move and flow, and once you start to listen to it and tune in, it will take you on amazing journeys.

 

The healing journey I take most often is to walk barefoot. Any time I can, I plug myself into the earth’s energy to help bring my body back to a neutral, calm, and energized place… In fact, the best way to practice Energy Medicine Yoga is directly on the earth.

Lauren’s increasingly popular Energy Medicine Yoga method is a potent synthesis of traditional energy medicine, yoga, and key principles from Ayurveda. In this follow-up to her breakout debut book, she delivers a solution-oriented manual for addressing hundreds of common ailments using practices that complement any existing health regimen. Join her to discover essential insights for well-being, techniques to activate your body’s natural healing intelligence, and a powerful new vision for health and happiness.

This, at the end of it all, is the deepest power and source of yoga. The light within. The love within. It is there, at all times, waiting to hold you. And when you surrender to it, to yourself, to your own love, you find a resilience that might surprise you.

Your whole life might surprise you.

You just have to let it.

Also by Lauren Walker is Energy Medicine Yoga.