Synopses & Reviews
"After a friend asked yoga expert Birch (Power Yoga) who was living in New York City on September 11, 2001 if she could help 9/11 victims and their families, Birch was surprised to discover the benefits of yoga for people suffering from PTSD. Noting that even the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration have identified yoga as a tool for managing stress, Birch presents a program tailored to the needs of PTSD sufferers and veterans. Readers will learn the benefits pain relief, mindfulness, greater relaxation, improved sleep, greater mental clarity, and more that can come from regular yoga practice; clear instructions for poses are accompanied by photos to ensure proper technique. Novices will appreciate Birch's admonitions to manage expectations before attempting more challenging poses, while more experienced followers will find guidance for advanced variations. In a calm and patient tone, Birch frequently acknowledges potential fears and stumbling blocks, and encourages readers to push forward. Even readers without PTSD will find this to be a warm and welcoming introduction to an ancient discipline that can yield lifelong benefits. Photos." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Here is a book for finding your way as a warrior and adapting to a peaceful life at home. The techniques of yoga and meditation have extensive scientific support for their effectiveness in relaxing the stress response, sharpening mental acuity, boosting immunity and recovery time, and promoting a general sense of health and psychological well-being. In Yoga for Warriors, acclaimed teacher Beryl Bender Birch presents a beginner-friendly approach that she originally developed while working with civilians and first-responders in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Adaptable for readers' individual needs, these step-by-step practices include:
- Basic Breathwork learn the foundational skill of ujjayi breathing to get grounded, present, and in control
- Build Your Fire yoga's traditional "sun salutations" to warm up the body while quieting the mind
- Power and Balance standing postures to open up, stretch, and strengthen the joints and muscles
- Turning Inward the practice of yoga nidra for a highly alert yet deeply peaceful state of mind that can lead to restorative sleep
- Powerful meditation techniques that help heal the body and balance energy
War leaves more than physical scars. Military servicemen and women bear invisible wounds including PTS (Post-Traumatic Stress), TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), MST (Military Sexual Trauma), anxiety, and depression all just as real and painful. If you or someone you know are just entering military service, preparing for deployment, or returning home, Yoga for Warriors offers the tools for one of the most challenging of transitions.