Yoga and self-help books

I would like to start off by saying I really enjoyed everyone’s presentation and topics.  After I presented on yoga, and after Lewis presented his case study on self-help books, we discussed how the two can be connected and how there are self-help books with yoga.  I did find several on amazon, such as: “Yoga for Transformation: Ancient Teachings and Practices for Healing the Body, Mind, and Heart” by Gary Kraftsow and “Yoga for Depression: A Compassionate Guide to Relieve Suffering Through Yoga” by Amy Weintraud.

Many doctors will tell patients yoga is useful for back pain, heart disease, arthritis, and various other conditions; and psychologists and psychiatrists frequently recommend yoga to their patients to help relieve stress and help with depression.

Yoga gets you into your body, in precise, gentle, focused, meditative ways.  Unlike most sports, yoga is not competitive; it’s about performing the posture to the limit of your ability.

“As yoga connects you more deeply with your body you may experience some emotion. This is a wonderful benefit of yoga, in that it is possible to reconnect with feelings that may have been submerged for a long time. Tears or joy or anger or other strong emotions which may arise do not mean that anything is wrong, but rather that you are releasing and letting go of these old feelings.” (Weintraud)

It seems our class guessed right, self-help books and yoga can be connected, and both are successful in turning a profit by telling people how they should treat their minds and bodies.

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