What is a “yoga mind?” And how can it help calm anxiety, heal painful thoughts, soothe stress, and bring a lasting sense of well-being?
If you’ve heard of the many health benefits of practicing yoga, but are unsure of the physical demands commonly associated with postures, this book is the perfect answer. In Yoga Mind, Peaceful Mind, two seasoned yoga teachers present gentle meditations to help you overcome anxiety and stress so you can live a more enjoyable life. Furthermore, the book’s emphasis on yoga’s contemplativetradition, rather than postures (or, asanas), makes it perfect for people from all walks of life, including those with physical disabilities.
In the book, you’ll find 160 powerful, daily meditations that are filled with thoughtful, touching insights. Each of the meditations provides an inspirational quote, a discussion of teachings and instructions from the yoga tradition, and affirmations to remember and live by every day. If you are ready to overcome anxiety and stress and take back your life, the simple practices in this book will help you achieve true peace of mind.
Mary NurrieStearns, LCSW, RYT, is a psychotherapist and yoga teacher with a counseling practice in Tulsa, OK. She is author of numerous articles on psychospiritual growth, coeditor of the book Soulful Living, coauthor of the books Yoga for Anxiety and Yoga for Emotional Trauma, and has produced DVDs on yoga for anxiety, depression, and emotional trauma. She leads transformational meditation and yoga retreats and teaches seminars across the United States.
Rick NurrieStearns is a meditation teacher, coeditor of the book Soulful Living, and coauthor of the books Yoga for Anxiety and Yoga for Emotional Trauma. For ten years he was the publisher of Personal Transformation, a magazine focusing on psychospiritual 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.
“The ancient practice of yoga has reemerged in our modern era as a valuable method for enhancing health and well-being. Yoga Mind, Peaceful Mind is a beautiful entry into this rewarding practice, and can add serenity, joy, and fulfillment to your life.” —Larry Dossey, MD, author of One Mind
“Yoga Mind, Peaceful Mind is a wonderful resource for those choosing to take the yogic path to address issues related to anxiety, depression, and trauma. The information provided on the chakras is especially useful to survivors of trauma, and the practical meditations on each chakra will help survivors to realize the power of this content.” —Jamie Marich, PhD, creator of Dancing Mindfulness and author of Trauma and the Twelve Steps, Trauma Made Simple, and EMDR Made Simple
“This book connects the reader in a direct experiential way with the teachings of the great Eastern wisdom traditions on how to obtain peace of mind by accessing inner strength through simple, beautiful yoga and meditation. The book achieves its goals without using too many words and by adopting a language that is direct and personal as well as easy to understand and follow. The authors do not attempt to convince but instead constantly encourage readers to open up to and tap into their energy centers (chakras) to experience for themselves the vast inner resources and richness we have all been blessed with.” —Georg H. Eifert, PhD, emeritus professor of psychology at Chapman University in Orange, CA, and coauthor of TheMindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety
“For many of us in the 21st century, life feels hectic and stressful. To make matters worse, many Americans are wandering around in what Tara Brach refers to as ‘a trance of unworthiness,’ having forgotten the radiant quality of our own true nature. In Yoga Mind, Peaceful Mind, Mary and Rick NurrieStearns present accessible practices to discover your true nature and to train your mind to be a powerful instrument for happiness and peace—in your life and in the lives of those around you. Moreover, the authors offer a skilled account of our chakra system from the ancient wisdom of the yoga tradition. If you are interested in enlivening your mind, body, and energy, you should read this book.” —Terry Fralich, counselor, attorney, teacher, and author of The Five Core Skills of Mindfulness
“Anxiety is a cognitive echo of fear. All fear is based on the illusory duality of self and other. Whereas fear divides, yoga unites. Yoga-mind erases the distinction between self and other and, in so doing, unifies the I-figure with the ground of All That Is. This isn’t Buddhist psychology. This is Vedic psychology. There is a difference. Buddhist psychology works by helping you see through the illusion of the ego-based self and stops there. Vedic psychology goes a step further: in shedding the illusion of this separate, fearful self, it introduces you to your true, essential Self, to the kind of Self that is united with All That Is, and thus knows no fear. The NurrieStearnses’ book is an excellent invitation to a reunion with your own fearlessness.” —Pavel Somov, PhD, author of The Lotus Effect
“Yoga Mind, Peaceful Mind provides inviting meditative experiences guiding readers to healthy being. The authors sensitively integrate chakra wisdom with useful psychological teachings for healing from root to crown. With depth and beauty, simple yet profound, many will find a clear path to inner peace.” —Annellen Simpkins, PhD, and C. Alexander Simpkins, PhD, workshop leaders and authors of 28 books, including The Tao of Bipolar, Neuroscience for Clinicians, and Yoga and Mindfulness Therapy Workbook