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— February 4, 2018

Transformative Yoga

  • Overcoming mental and physical health challenges is one big part of life; dealing with challenges in the workplace is another. And yoga's underlying principles can be helpful
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Mood disorders, relationship troubles, trauma: Psychology has been modern life’s answer to such issues. However, psychotherapist Mariana Caplan believes that fusing standard therapy with yoga creates more powerful benefits, as she relates in Yoga & Psyche (Sounds True).

This fusion is like shifting focus with a zoom lens. Caplan writes that while yoga “addresses our unity as human beings,” timeless aspects of our nature that lie beyond culture and personality, psychology “takes into account our differences and diversity.” Dealing with both our inner worlds and outer circumstances, she argues, leads to greater possibilities for long-term healing.

Much of Yoga & Psyche is aimed at professionals. But the average person will find plenty of useful information, such as the practices in Chapter 8 on topics like learning to sense emotions within one’s body or pushing past painful memories.

Overcoming mental and physical health challenges is one big part of life; dealing with challenges in the workplace is another. And yoga’s underlying principles can be helpful here, too, says the author of Beyond the Mat (Da

If you’re not sure about how to do any pose, always consult a trained teacher for guidance.

Capo). Physician, executive, and long-time yogini Julie Rosenberg says these principles can help you “communicate more clearly and confidently, tap into your intuition…[and] creatively and resourcefully solve problems.”

Each chapter of Beyond the Mat looks at different aspects of “developing a yoga mindset,” as Rosenberg puts it. For example, in a chapter called “Becoming Present to the Challenge,” Rosenberg busts the multitasking myth, saying that each moment in life, each task, requires proper focus. She then offers advice, such as learning how to monitor your body language, that supports the concept at hand. A list of questions for self-reflection at the end of each chapter helps drive her points home.

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