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September 16, 2012

Yoga And Meditation For Mental Health Issues

I’ve been reading an excellent book that discusses and illustrates meditation techniques and poses that can be helpful for mental health problems as diagnosed by the DSM IV-TR. These include protocols for OCD, Major Depressive Disorders, PTSD and Generalized Anxiety Disorders. David Shannahoff-Khalsa is the author of Sacred Therapies: The Kundalini Yoga Meditation Handbook for Mental Health and incorporates his studies with Yogi Bhajan, spiritual relationship with Guru Ram Das and research and clinical trials with OCD patients and other studies. His credentials are impressive and include many years as a researcher at the Salk Institute, presentations at the American Psychiatric Association Conferences regularly and his work as Director of The Research Group for Mind-Body Dynamics at the BioCircuits Institute, University of California, San Diego (UCSD). I am glad that this work is available now as a reference and practical guide for psychotherapy clients, psychotherapists and the general public. There are also meditations in relation to dealing with grief, chronic fatigue syndrome and addictions.

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