Synopses & Reviews
If you suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you know how debilitating the symptoms can be. Many times, people with PTSD will suffer flashbacks, have intense nightmares and difficulty sleeping, and may feel angry, anxious, and constantly on alert.” Living with PTSD is extremely difficult, but there are ways that you can manage your symptoms and, in time, recover. In The iRest Program for Healing PTSD, clinical psychologist and yogic scholar Richard C. Millernamed one of the top twenty-five yoga teachers by Yoga Journaloffers an innovative and proven-effective ten-step yoga program for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The deep relaxation meditations in this book will help you overcome the common symptoms of PTSD, such as anxiety, insomnia, and depression, and maintain emotional stability so that you can return to living a full, meaningful life. The authors iRest protocol is an integrative approach that heals the various unresolved issues, traumas, and wounds that are present in the body and mind. It recognizes the underlying sense of calm that is always present, even amidst all changing circumstances of life. Extensive research has shown that iRest effectively supports the healing process across a broad range of populations. Currently, there are iRest programs in military hospitals across the US, as well as in correctional facilities, hospices, clinics, schools, and organizations supporting personal growth and well-being. iRest has been endorsed by the US Army Surgeon General and Defense Centers of Excellence as a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). If you are ready to start healing from your trauma and get back to living the life you once knewa life free from fear, anxiety, and sleepless nightsthis book will help you find your way. To find out more about Richard C. Miller and the iRest program, visit www.irest.us.
Yoga for Emotional Trauma
fills a gap in the trauma and recovery literature.
Anyone who is working to heal from past trauma will benefit from reading this book. Then, following the easy instructions for yoga poses will move their recovery in a new way. Well written and easily understood.”
Charles Whitfield, MD, author of Not Crazy: You May Not be Mentally Ill and Wisdom to Know the Difference, and Barbara Harris Whitfield, RT, CMT, author of The Natural Soul, Victim to Survivor, and Thriver
To be alive in the twenty-first century is to be traumatized, but we need not stay traumatized. Our age is witnessing an efflorescence of methods to eliminate suffering and move to a place of joy, fulfillment, and serenity. The NurrieStearns are leading the way.”
Larry Dossey, MD, author of Healing Words and One Mind
You don't have to have a history of trauma to benefit from this manual of practices from the yoga tradition, but if you do, Yoga for Emotional Trauma
is essential reading. The NurrieStearns write with compassion and understanding about the journey home to your true nature, the place that has never been sullied by your trauma. The NurrieStearns write clearly, humbly describing their own recovery from trauma along with the recovery stories of the many clients with whom they have worked. Thank you NurrieStearns for giving us in clear and readable prose, the brain science that explains the effects of trauma and how yoga can help us recover.”
Amy Weintraub, founder of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute, and author of Yoga for Depression and Yoga Skills for Therapists
This is simply a fantastic book. It captures the full spectrum of practical knowledge of yoga and makes it accessible for all of us so we can use this ancient knowledge and proven practice for healing our body, mind, and spirit. Without overwhelming the reader, the book encourages us to try out a number of thoughtful compassionate and gentle exercises to soothe and harmonize all three aspects of ourselves: body, mind, and spirit.”
Georg Eifert, PhD, Chapman University Professor Emeritus of Psychology and coauthor of the Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety
Margaret Mitchell once wrote: Every problem has two handles. You can grab it by the handle of fear, or the handle of hope. This book has a firm grasp on the handle of hope. This book offers a gentle, time-tested, nurturing approach to guide the reader through their recovery from trauma. It is a much-needed balm for a wounded world.”
Henry Emmons, MD, integrative psychiatrist and author of The Chemistry of Joy, The Chemistry of Calm and The Chemistry of Joy Workbook
Yoga teachers, students, and even folks new to the idea of yoga will benefit from the stories and information in this thoughtful book. The healing power of yoga is vast and endless both physically and emotionally. The authors have done a wonderful job of explaining how it works with easy-to-understand true stories and references to science. I appreciate this work and plan to share it with all of my students and teacher trainees. We can help so many people, and we can begin with ourselves.”
Desiree Rumbaugh, certified yoga instructor
"Feeling anxious is so much a part of modern life that we almost forget how limiting it can be. But not these authors. They offer us clear information and techniques for dealing with anxiety on a daily basis. They teach us what the brain does when we are anxious, and what we can do about it, by changing the focus of our thinking and getting us on the yoga mat and meditation cushion for time-honored practices. —But mostly they give us readers the confidence that we can transcend our anxiety and lead richer and more enjoyable lives. Highly recommended for yoga teachers and others interested in the whole picture of anxiety, including the spiritual angst that usually accompanies it. I especially enjoyed the personal stories scattered throughout the book."
—Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT, has been teaching yoga since 1971 and is author of eight books, including Yogabody
"Writing in a clear, step-by-step format, Mary and Rick NurrieStearns provide simple practices to help identify and counteract negative thoughts, induce relaxation, develop awareness, reduce stress, and heal anxiety. The authors create a connection with the reader by using images and examples from everyday life that resonate with everyone’s experiences. Yoga for Anxiety integrates modern psychology with basic yoga practices, including postures, breathing, mindfulness, and meditation. In the early chapters, basic information suitable for beginners provides the foundation for more advanced material as the book progresses. For anyone suffering from anxiety, Yoga for Anxiety is a great place to begin the journey to recovery."
—Patricia L. Gerbarg, MD, and Richard P. Brown, MD, coauthors of How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health Care
"Yoga is one of the best-validated therapies in the entire field of integrative medicine. It is especially valuable because it addresses all we are: body, mind, and spirit. Yoga for Anxiety is an excellent guide for anyone seeking greater serenity, peace, and fulfillment, and who isn’t?"
—Larry Dossey, MD, author of Healing Words and The Power of Premonitions
"By combining traditional psychology with the deep teachings of yoga, Mary and Rick NurrieStearns help you move past anxiety in order to experience your true nature. Yoga for Anxiety clearly shows that when you are willing to mindfully face and release your anxiety, it actually becomes a doorway to deep inner freedom and happiness."
—Michael A. Singer, author of The Untethered Soul
Richard Miller combines modern science and ancient yogic practices to give us a research-based, practical program for healing trauma. I highly recommend this comprehensive, heartfelt, and helpful book.”
Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha's Brain
For six years, I taught iRest meditation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center with active duty service members suffering from acute post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Despite my students initial skepticism about a meditation-based approach, I witnessed enormous, life changing improvements in their mental and physical health as they practiced the iRest protocol during their three-week treatment program. Miller's book clearly articulates the fascinating theory and powerful methodology of iRest meditation for healing PTSD. iRest is a culture-neutral, trauma-sensitive, and evidence-based modality that I can't recommend highly enough for treating trauma-related conditions.”
Robin Carnes, MBA, certified yoga and iRest meditation instructor
This is a very important book, to say the least. More and more, we are learning in the West that meditative practices from the East have a deep and profound ability to heal the darkest and most painful aspects of our human experience. Richard Miller is leading the way in bringing these practices into the mainstream in an easy-to-understand and experiential way. Very highly recommended.”
Scott Kiloby, author of Natural Rest for Addiction
Richard Miller integrates Eastern and Western philosophies for modern trauma therapy. The protocols are written in accessible language to provide tools for professionals, as well as peace of mind for those experiencing PTSD. Miller opens the way for health, healing, and well-being.”
Mary Ellen Rose, yoga and meditation instructor at Laurel Ridge Treatment Center, Mission Resiliency Unit, San Antonio, TX
Richard Miller is an exceptionally skilled practitioner-teacher of both psychotherapy and yoga. His iRest program is a powerful synthesis of both traditions that has proven effective in helping and healing diverse groups of people.”
Roger Walsh, MD, PhD, author of Essential Spirituality
Richard Millers book is the fruit of his lifelong dedication to serve those with PTSD. This book is like having the most loving and compassionate friend with you every step of the way toward complete healing.”
Swami Dayananda, integral hatha yoga teacher and trainer, as well as director of LOTUS Center for All Faiths
Richard's teachings and the practice of iRest offer practitioners the heart of true healing. iRest uncovers the part of you that is untouched by trauma, the part of you that is whole, healthy, and completejust as it is. I have personally witnessed iRest help thousands of service members, veterans, and military families discover meaning in their traumatic experiences.”
Molly Birkholm, cofounder of Warriors at Ease and founder of Healing River Yoga
Richard Millers The iRest Program for Healing PTSD
is an engaging and interactive program for dealing with the underlying issues of PTSD, and not the just the symptoms. Practice and process for healing yourselfwhat a gift.”
Lee Rodrigues, MA
What an offering Richard C. Miller has given us! The iRest Program for Healing PTSD
presents ancient wisdom in an engaging, user-friendly way, and shows how to return to wholeness after being traumatized. This book is the perfect guide to help readers effectively release trauma and recover from PTSD. I highly recommend it.”
James Baraz, coauthor of Awakening Joy and cofounder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center
I am grateful for the wisdom of this work and the depth of its practical application. There are useable tools and resources to act as a resilience inoculation to better prepare our military for the challenges they will face, as well as proven and researched practices to assist veterans and their families through the trials and phases of transition from military service. Thank you Richard C. Miller, for your generosity of spirit and for showing us a way forward.”
John Henry Parker, behavioral assessment analyst and team development consultant in the field of personal, professional and transformational development, and cofounder of Purple Star Veterans and Families, a non-profit organization providing transition resources to veterans and their immediate and extended family members
In Yoga for Emotional Trauma, a psychotherapist and a meditation teacher present a yogic approach to emotional trauma by instructing readers to apply mindful awareness, breathing, yoga postures, and mantras to their emotional and physical pain.
Many of us have experienced a traumatic event in our lives, whether in childhood or adulthood. This trauma may be emotional, or it may cause intense physical pain. In some cases, it can cause both. Studies have shown that compassion and mindfulness based interventions can help people suffering from trauma to experience less physical and emotional pain in their daily lives. What’s more, many long-time yoga and meditation teachers have a history of teaching these practices to their clients with successful outcomes.
In Yoga for Emotional Trauma, a psychotherapist and a meditation teacher present a yogic approach to emotional trauma by instructing you to apply mindful awareness, breathing, yoga postures, and mantras to their emotional and physical pain. In the book, you’ll learn why yoga is so effective for dealing with emotional trauma.
Yoga and mindfulness can transform trauma into joy. It has done so for countless millions. The practices outlined in this book will teach you how to use and adapt the ancient practices and meditations of yoga for your own healing. Drawing upon practices and philosophy from eastern wisdom traditions, and texts such as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Bagavad Gita, and the Buddhist Sutras, this book will take you on a journey into wholeness, one that embraces body, mind and spirit. Inside, you will discover the lasting effect that trauma has on physiology and how yoga resets the nervous system.
Combining yogic principles, gentle yoga postures, and mindfulness practices, this book filled with sustenance and practical support that will move you along your own healing path.
In Yoga for Anxiety, Mary NurrieStearns, a psychotherapist and yoga teacher, and Rick NurrieStearns, a meditation teacher, present self-healing techniques for generalized anxiety disorder drawn from the yogic tradition.
Many of us face daily demands and overwhelming difficulties that cause seemingly uncontrollable feelings of anxiety and fear. When you feel this way, it's healing to calm yourself and to reclaim your sense of innate goodness and well-being. For centuries, yoga has offered a quiet retreat away from life's pressures and has enabled us to reconnect to our inner wisdom and peace.
Regular yoga practice has been proven to calm stress, enhance concentration, and reduce the symptoms of anxiety. This book offers meditations, mindfulness practices, self-inquiry exercises, and yoga poses that soothe anxious feelings and develop mental clarity. Before long, you'll free yourself from the anxiety and fears that hold you back and learn to live with a more open heart and resilient mind. Just as yoga helps you feel more at home in your body, the mental and physical practices in Yoga for Anxiety help you increase your sense of contentment in life.
In The iRest Program for Healing PTSD, clinical psychologist and yogic scholar Richard C. Millernamed one of the top twenty-five yoga teachers by Yoga Journaloffers an innovative and proven-effective ten-step yoga program for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The deep relaxation meditations in this book will help readers overcome the common symptoms of PTSD, such as anxiety, insomnia, and depression, and maintain emotional stability so that they can return to living a full, meaningful life.
About the Author
Mary NurrieStearns, LCSW, RYT
, is a psychotherapist and yoga teacher with a counseling practice in Tulsa, OK. She is author of numerous articles on psycho-spiritual growth, coeditor of the book Soulful Living
, coauthor of the book Yoga for Anxiety,
and has produced DVDs on yoga for anxiety and emotional trauma. She leads transformational meditation and yoga retreats and teaches seminars across the United States.
Rick NurrieStearns, is a meditation teacher, coauthor of the book Yoga for Anxiety, and coeditor of Soulful Living. For ten years he was the publisher of Personal Transformation, a magazine focusing on psycho-spiritual growth. He has been immersed in consciousness studies and yoga practices for nearly four decades. In 2009 he survived a near-fatal airplane crash that resulted in chronic pain. He credits the practice of meditation with helping him navigate through extreme pain and the journey of recovery.
Visit the NurrieStearns online at www.personaltransformation.com.