A Proven-Effective Approach to Using Yoga Nidra Meditation and Deep Relaxation Techniques to Overcome Trauma
Author: Richard C. Miller
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
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. Miller-named one of the top twenty-five yoga teachers by Yoga Journal-offers 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 author's 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 knew-a life free from fear, anxiety, and sleepless nights-this book will help you find your way. To find out more about Richard C. Miller and the iRest program, visit www.irest.us.
Yoga has evolved into a popular fitness practice across the globe. With the various schools of practice, it is imperative for practitioners to study both traditional texts and emerging scientific research in this area. Research-Based Perspectives on the Psychophysiology of Yoga is a unique reference source for the latest academic material on the physiological effects of yoga and cultivating a deeper understanding of yoga practice through the intersection of traditional texts and contemporary research. Including a range of topics such as occupational health, neurobiology, and women’s health, this book is ideally designed for professionals, practitioners, students, educators, and academics interested in the effects, challenges, and benefits of yoga practice.
A leading professional resource and course text, this book provides practical guidance for treating clients with substance use disorders in a variety of contexts. Expert contributors present major assessment and treatment approaches together with detailed recommendations for intervening with particular substances. Clinical techniques are clearly explained and illustrated with helpful case examples. Important topics include harm reduction; strategies for working with family members; and ways to meet the needs of specific populations, including women, adolescents, older adults, LGBT clients, and those with frequently encountered co-occurring problems. New to This Edition *Revised to reflect current research and clinical advances; updated for DSM-5. *Chapters on trauma-informed care, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and complementary/alternative approaches. *Chapters on neurobiology and behavioral addictions. *Significantly revised chapters on family treatment and dual disorders.
This practice-focused resource integrates broad therapeutic knowledge with current neuroscience to present vast possibilities for mindfulness in clinical social work. Seasoned practitioners posit mindfulness practice and process as a significant bridge between taking care of self and taking care of others, demonstrating its implications for physical and mental health in personal and professional contexts. Case studies show timeless concepts (e.g., acceptance) and new mindfulness-based ideas (e.g., learned helpfulness) in use in individual treatment as well as couples counseling and group interventions. Also attesting to the utility of mindfulness across problems, settings, and practitioner orientations, diverse applications are organized along ten robust lenses, among them: • Beginning with the context: the mind-body conundrum.• Beginning with the body: the neurobiology of mindfulness.• Beginning with the training: training clinicians in essential methods for integrating mindfulness in clinical practice.• Beginning with the clients: mindfully reconciling opposites with survivors of trauma/complex traumatic stress disorders.• Beginning with the symptom: incorporating mindfulness in the treatment of substance misuse. • Beginning with the larger social system: mindfulness and restorative justice. Clinicians and research professionals particularly interested in psychotherapy treatment and mindfulness practice will find Cultivating Mindfulness in Clinical Social Work not only stimulating and intriguing, but also a fresh source of real-world wisdom.
IRest Yoga Nidra® (iRest; Miller, 2005), is a guided mindfulness meditation practice that encourages participants to become relaxed, learn to focus their attention, experience joy, observe opposite feelings and emotions, welcome the sensations of their body and mind in a non-judgmental fashion, access the observer in them who is always present no matter the transient emotional or physical sensation, and, finally, to integrate what is learned in meditation into daily life. This study investigated whether or not iRest in combination with acupuncture treatment was effective in improving psychological symptoms in the Veteran population. Veterans who participated in iRest in addition to acupuncture treatment achieved significant psychological benefit on all outcome measures. They had significantly decreased symptoms of depression, psychological symptom severity, depression or tension due to pain, and emotional interference with life activities, while patients who received only acupuncture did not. Although both the treatment and control conditions improved significantly in perception of stress, the treatment group improved with a medium-to-large effect size and the active control group improved with a small effect size. The reductions in depression symptoms for the treatment group receiving iRest and acupuncture translated to clinically meaningful change, with significant decreases in the number of people meeting criteria for mild, moderate, and severe depression from pretest to posttest. While at pretest "moderate depression" was the most frequent category experienced by Veterans receiving iRest and acupuncture, at posttest "no depression" was the most frequent. iRest in conjunction with acupuncture was equally beneficial for Veterans independent of factors such as age, gender, or race. Finally, changes in psychological outcome measures for those receiving iRest and acupuncture were seen independent of the number of sessions of iRest the Veterans attended or the baseline level of depression. These findings have important implications for the treatment of Veterans. Given the pervasiveness of psychological distress and depression in the Veteran population and the efficiency with which these group treatments can be provided, this research lends support for the extension of complementary and integrative medicine offerings that include iRest and acupuncture treatments in more Veterans Administration hospitals across the country to improve military mental health. Additionally, this dissertation includes a review of the literature on the neuroscience of mindfulness. Recent research reveals that those high in dispositional mindfulness, but without formal mindfulness practice, engage in emotion regulation largely through the down-regulation of the amygdala brought on by response modification. During early stages of mindfulness practice, on the other hand, novice practitioners not only down-regulate the amygdala through response modification, but also display a significant increase in activity in neurologic structures that facilitate attentional deployment. Finally, as people become experienced in mindfulness practice, an important shift occurs: there is a true decoupling of the narrative-generation network from the primary sensory network, allowing experienced mindfulness practitioners to experience primary emotions in the present moment. Experienced mindfulness practitioners are able to experience negative emotions and sensations without adding further negative valence brought on by past experience or concern for the future, which is critical for psychological health.
Awaken to Unqualified Presence Through Traditional Mind-Body Practices
Author: Richard Miller
Publisher: Sounds True
Category: Health & Fitness
Please note that if this title is purchased in eBook/Kindle format, the audio (CD) portion will not be included. One of the most enjoyable parts of a yoga class comes when we rest in savasana—the "corpse" pose—and realize deep serenity, a sense of effortless joy, and a glimpse into our true nature as unqualified presence. How is this so? Master teacher Richard Miller explains that this experience is a manifestation of yoga nidra, the meditative state of mind-body union at the heart of all yoga practice. A powerful integration of book and CD audio learning, Yoga Nidra is an ancient tantric yoga path that leads to inner freedom. Through accessible language appropriate for any level of practice, Miller takes us step-by-step through the traditional techniques of relaxation and meditation to help us move toward the realization of "unqualified presence"—the ultimate aim of yoga—a goal unreachable through posture practice alone. Through his expert guidance, students will experience: Deep relaxation for relief from day-to-day stress The development of "one-pointedness"—a key to spiritual awakening Healing from painful emotions, such as fear, grief, and anger More effective and energizing sleep, and much more Suitable for both beginners and advanced practitioners—but new to most Westerners—Yoga Nidra provides an unmatched way to experience the culmination of the art of yoga, and the deeper physical, emotional, and spiritual rewards that are its promise.
Mirror, Mirror by Gayle Bohlman, LCSW-C, offers an in-depth exploration of narcissism, looking at how it is constructed and a transformative path of healing narcissistic wounds. She posits that this is particularly relevant today as our collective consciousness grapples with the narcissism bombarding us daily in the news. The book utilizes the mirrors in the stories of Snow White, Narcissus, and Medusa to explicate a path from narcissism to self-realization. Mirror, Mirror is for all who seek a deeper understanding of narcissism, to clinicians, and to those interested in the work of C.G. Jung. Gayle Bohlman has been a therapist for 40 years using a holistic approach that incorporates physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects. She is also a yoga and meditation instructor.
Veterans in the iRest group showed clinically meaningful reductions in pain intensity (23-42%) on the numeric rating scale and visual analog scale (VAS), and lowered pain interference (34-41%) on the Brief Pain Inventory and Defense and Veterans Pain Rating Scale. Effect sizes were large from B-E and B-F for pain interference (d=1.09-1.21) and medium to large for intensity (d=0.76-1.19). VAS pain intensity decreased from B-F (p=.041) and pain interference improved from B-E and B-F for both measures (p
“Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding and treating traumatic stress and the scope of its impact on society.” —Alexander McFarlane, Director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing in this New York Times bestseller Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.