Yoga for Emotional Balance

yoga-for-emotional-balanceEmotional balance is within your reach—when you cultivate the intelligence of both your body and mind. This book offers an integrative approach to healing anxiety, depression, and chronic stress. Rooted in classical yoga yet supported by psychology and science, the techniques in this book will help you create progressive and lasting change.

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Praise for Yoga for Emotional Balance

Colleague Reviews

“In Yoga for Emotional Balance Bo Forbes brilliantly illuminates the fact that your body can be anxious or depressed as well as your mind. This is good news, because the habitual postures and movements of anxiety and depression can be corrected through the practices she describes, leading to dramatically improved mood states. Highly recommended!”

– Andrew Weil, M.D., author of numerous books, most recently Why Our Health Matters

“Yoga for Emotional Balance is a very balanced and practical, non-dogmatic guide to working with the breath, the body and the mind to restore emotional balance. With clear and straightforward explanations, Bo Forbes explains how very simple exercises for the body and mind can help dissipate anxiety and restore calm. It is precisely this kind of clear and accessible instruction and explanation that will catalyze both the lay and scientific communities to take these practices more seriously and explore their impact.”

– Richard J. Davidson, William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Director, Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Yoga for Emotional Balance unpacks the complexity of the mind-body relationship in an accessible and practical way, illustrating the power of Yoga to create physiological and psycho-emotional change. Bo’s book is full of stories, processes and insight, leaving the reader with a roadmap to emotional balance. Invoking neuroplasticity, Bo reminds us that consistent practice is the essential key to transformation.”

– Gary Kraftsow, Founder, American Viniyoga Institute and author of Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation

“In Yoga for Emotional Balance, Bo Forbes reveals—with humor and delightful examples—the enormous potential of restorative yoga for creating a rich and bright emotional world. Forbes gives a variety of grounded and effective things to do, so that someone in nearly any condition can start from exactly where they are. For people suffering from anxiety or depression, these practices are particularly effective. They show a way out of suffering by resolving the bodily feelings, sensations, and emotions underneath thoughts.”

– Richard Freeman, author of The Mirror of Yoga: Awakening the Intelligence of Body and Mind

“Bo Forbes has shown us a path to emotional balance that is located right here inside our bodies! This book offers an accessible set of practices to calm and anchor us. I noticed more trust in my inner capacity for healing after reading this book.”

– David Richo, Ph.D., author of When the Past Is Present

“Bo Forbes’ voice throughout this book is consistently inviting and gracious, deeply and confidently knowledgeable — the unmistakable tone of someone who has truly mastered her art. I think readers will feel hopeful as soon as they start to read this book, even before beginning to practice the remarkably accessible exercises.”

– Sylvia Boorstein, author of Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life

“Bo has written more than just a book. She’s put together a step-by-step prescription that can be tailored to individual needs for the effective relief of stress, anxiety, and depression. Best of all it’s drug-free, relying instead on the innate curative powers of body, breath. and mind.”

– Richard Rosen, author of The Yoga of Breath

“Yoga for Emotional Balance exemplifies the significant and exciting possibilities that can emerge when Eastern and Western knowledge systems are brought into dialogue in a rigorous and insightful manner. Drawing on her academic background in psychology and clinical observation combined with her years of experience teaching yoga, Bo Forbes brings these two systems into a harmonious and productive partnership by exploring the therapeutic potential of postural yoga. The result is a unique contribution to yoga in the west. This book, written with insight, elegance and wit is a must-read for yoga teachers, therapists, students, laypeople, and anyone looking for alternatives to modern methods of healing.”

– Edwin Bryant, professor of Hinduism, Rutgers University, author of numerous books, including The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Insights from the Traditional Commentaries.

“I am very pleased to give my highest recommendation to Bo Forbes’ wonderful new book Yoga for Emotional Balance. Her presentation is impeccable, her information invaluable, and her exercises accessible. What shines through most clearly on every page is Bo’s voice: down-to-earth, knowledgeable, and above all, compassionate. It is my sincere hope that Bo’s book finds the wide audience it deserves among the lay public and with practicing professionals in the healthcare and yoga communities. I’m sending it to the top of the list of recommended reading for our advanced studies programs.”

– Leslie Kaminoff, Founder, The Breathing Project, Co-Author, Yoga Anatomy

“This book is excellent — it’s timely, clear, and full of tools for creating emotional balance. I particularly love the restorative yoga sequences. They are close to miraculous and everyone can do them. Thank you Bo! Thank you!”

– Lilias Folan, PBS host and author of Lilias! Yoga Gets Better with Age

“Yoga for Emotional Balance teaches restorative poses and simple breathing techniques that, when practiced regularly, can put you on the path to feeling better.”

– Timothy McCall, Medical Editor of Yoga Journal and author of Yoga as Medicine

“After reading Bo Forbes’ book, I had the paradoxical experience of being excited and eager to get down on the floor and practice a deep relaxation immediately! I attribute this desire equally to Dr. Forbes’ expertise in psychotherapy and to the wisdom she has gained from her own mature yoga practice. While the simplicity of these practices belies their profound power and benefit, how wonderful if we all followed her advice and relaxed deeply every day? Yoga for Emotional Balance gives us a window into this possible and healthy world. Highly recommended for all levels of yoga students.”

– Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT, yoga teacher since 1971 and author of eight books on yoga, including Yogabody: Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Asana

Editorial Reviews

“Forbes clearly and compassionately explains anxiety and depression and helps readers understand the process of healing. We can all benefit from these teachings.”

—LA Yoga

“Forbes has crafted a knowledgeable, realistic guide to addressing the physical and psychological aspects of anxiety and depression, explaining how we can use the body and mind in concert with each other to heal. To her credit, Forbes grounds her ideas and recommendations in sober observations (as both a therapist and a yoga teacher), scientific literature, and a bodhisattva ’s compassion for human suffering. If you’re struggling with anxiety and depression, this book could point the way to wholeness and well-being.”

—Yoga Journal

“[A] unique synthesis of yoga and psychology . . . this important contribution to the field of integrative emotional healing is informative for teachers and therapists, yet accessible to the lay person.”

—Yoga International