Somatic Studies

Elemental Movement: A Somatic Approach to Movement Education

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$33.95

This thesis describes the theory and methods of an original somatic approach to movement education. Based on the five Elements of ancient philosophical tradition, Elemental Movement integrates somatic and alchemical principles, processes, and practice. It employs movement as the primary vehicle for a wide range of personal explorations, using the Elements both as a framework and as a set of symbolic tools.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781581121322
Publication Date: 
2001-10-01
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Yoga Beyond the Mat: How to Make Yoga Your Spiritual Practice

$16.99

While many engage in asana, the physical practice, yoga’s most transformative effects are found in the realms of the spiritual and psychological. Yoga Beyond the Mat shows you how to develop a personal, holistic yoga practice to achieve lasting and permanent transformation. Join Alanna Kaivalya as she guides you through a complete range of topics, including:  

• Removing Obstacles
• Appreciating the Present Moment
• Balancing the Chakras
• Healing Childhood Wounds
• Creating Your Own Rituals
• Transforming Your Archetypal Energy
• Entering the Blissful State 

This book shows you that yoga doesn’t make your life easier; it makes you better at your life. Through ritual, meditation, journaling, asana, and other spiritual practices, Yoga Beyond the Mat provides techniques for developing a personal mythology and allowing the ego to rest, leading modern-day yogis toward what they have been missing: the realization of personal bliss.

Praise:

"[Alanna] guides and inspires students and teachers alike toward their own liberation, with patience, generosity, and wholehearted enthusiasm.”—Linda Sparrowe, former editor-in-chief of Yoga International and author of Yoga At Home

“This is the book I dreamed of when I started my yoga path . . . [Yoga Beyond the Mat includes] all the steps, tools, rituals, and wisdom for lasting bliss.”—Dana Flynn, founder of Laughing Lotus Yoga

"Alanna has pioneered a relevant, educational book; deep thinking and laced humor.”—Ana T. Forrest, founder of Forrest Yoga and author of Fierce Medicine

“Alanna reveals with great clarity and approachable language the nuances, shadings and shadows of this ancient ritual of wellness. I highly recommend it.”— Dennis Patrick Slattery, PhD, author of Riting Myth, Mythic Writing and Creases in Culture

“Alanna’s rigorous scholarship interweaves with applicable and tangible to-do’s that brings reality to your spirituality.”—Jill Miller, creator of Yoga Tune Up® and bestselling author of The Roll Model 

“I found Yoga Beyond the Mat both informative and active; both entertaining and enlightening. Dr. Kaivalya brings yoga back to its roots. She recovers the blend of the physical, tangible aspects of practice with the spirit and mind. In today’s hectic life, the revival of yoga-past when combined with soul centered engagement offers the remedy we seek . . . a breakthrough book.”—Stephen Aizenstat, PhD, chancellor and founding president of Pacifica Graduate Institute

“In this groundbreaking book integrating yoga, Jungian psychology, and personal mythology, Alanna Kaivalya recovers the spiritual dimension of yoga for contemporary Western practitioners. By offering readers a creative ensemble of integrated practices, she provides an innovative approach to personal development that engenders both spiritual awakening and psychological wholeness.”—Dr. Patrick Mahaffey, professor and associate chair of Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute and author of Evolving God-Images

“Alanna writes with honesty and clarity about the quest to find self-knowledge and bliss, perfectly balancing skepticism and enthusiasm. The result is a practical guide to the history and philosophy of yoga, and a useful map to living an integrated, satisfying and richly meaningful life.”—Dave Stringer, Grammy-nominated Kirtan artist

“Drawing on yoga, psychology, mythology, and ritual, Alanna guides readers on a transformative journey toward self-awareness and ‘personal bliss,’ through an amazing array of practices. Yoga Beyond the Mat is like a library of ideas for studying your self.”—Kaitlin Quistgaard, writer and former editor-in-chief of Yoga Journal

ISBN/SKU: 
9780738747644
Publication Date: 
2016-10-07
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Bodies in Revolt A Primer in Somatic Thinking

$9.95

Thomas Hanna's groundbreaking book in which he first introduces the term "somatic" as it is used in the modern era in all the various fields of human potential, including healthcare, bodywork, movement arts, and body-centered psychotherapy.

Not many people realize that the field of Somatics came from this book, and was established by Hanna in part from this book. Hanna first described the "soma" as the human being as a process of "embodied awareness", that could not be meaningful reduced (nor effectively understood, treated, or educated by reducing) to simply biological processes or even simply a mind and a body. In a survey of the scientific and philosophic thinkers and perspectives (ranging from Darwin to Piaget to Kierkegaard) that explored this concept, Bodies in Revolt: A Primer in Somatic Thinking lays the foundation for all somatic fields, as well as Hanna's view for the future of human potential.

Bodies in Revolt: A Primer in Somatic Thinking is the extraordinary book that has taught us to think “somatically” about ourselves and has created special significance for the words “soma” and “somatic”. Here is a provocative, broad ranging survey of the philosophical and scientific currents which have converged to form a new understanding of the human being as an embodied awareness. A Primer in Somatic Thinking is a pioneering work that has given a name, an impetus, and a rationale to the body-mind movement whose tradition is coming to permeate much of contemporary life

ISBN/SKU: 
9780918236036
Publication Date: 
1985-05-31
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Dreams Bones & the Future: A Dialogue

$14.99

Our nightly dreams are a natural resource, a national treasure, not yet plundered by the rapacious complexes of the controlling powers, be they military, industrial, corporate, educational, political—or any others hidden from view. If you have not yet thought of your own dreams as a treasure, you surely will after reading this remarkable dialogue between Russell Lockhart and Paco Mitchell.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781512056112
Publication Date: 
2015-05-18

Body Keeps the Score Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

$18.00

 A New York Times Science Bestseller 

“Packed with science and human stories, the book is an intense read. . . . The struggle and resilience of [van der Kolk’s] patients is very moving.” —New Scientist


A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing

 
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.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780143127741
Publication Date: 
2015-09-08
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How Yoga Works : An Introduction to Somatic Yoga

$14.95
$34.95
$30.00
$14.95 - $34.95

HOW YOGA WORKS - An Introduction to Somatic Yoga, Eleanor Criswell,Ed.D. For the first time, a special study of the psychophysiological foundations of the experiences and bodily transformations occurring through yogic practice. The entire field of Raja Yoga is surveyed in this illustrated volume. For the general reader. "One of the best books dealing with the physical aspects of yoga that I have read." - Michael Murphy, Director, Co-founder, Esalen Institute. (191 pages)

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307592

The Wounded Body: Remembering the Markings of Flesh

$31.95

Explores the wounded body in literature from Homer to Toni Morrison, examining how it functions archetypally as both a cultural metaphor and a poetic image. An almost obsessive interest in the human body in literary and psychological theory over the past ten years has uncovered not just the physical body but the body as metaphor, political emblem, social construction, and symptom. The Wounded Body builds on this recent interest in the body by providing an ambitious interdisciplinary exploration of the wounded body in literature from Homer to Toni Morrison. Guided by insights from phenomenology to Jungian archetypal psychology, Dennis Slattery argues that the body in its scarred, marked, diseased, tattooed, or otherwise afflicted state is not only an individual phenomenon but, in the hands of the poet, a cultural symptom, a place of suffering, as well as a way of seeing and ordering the experience of the one who is wounded. "Slattery's approach is mythological (and phenomenological), and so his conception of the body, embodiment, incarnation, and wounding has important religious ramifications that would, I imagine, be disputed by the sort of skeptical ideological criticism so prevalent today. But it is precisely this distinctive approach--largely Jungian and archetypal in inspiration--that I think has value, and it is one that has been unfortunately neglected and unfairly dismissed by the mainstream of today's criticism." -- Joseph Adamson, author of Melville, Shame, and the Evil Eye "Through wisely chosen narratives, Slattery reveals a literary life of gesture and feeling, pain and remembering, that also evokes the soul of our own bodies in the imagining of their inevitable wounds. The Wounded Body, so closely attuned to the archetypal psychology of Western epic, masterfully and passionately conducts us to treasures of meaning deep within the metaphors of those magnificent citadels of our incarnation." -- Daniel C. Noel, author of The Soul of Shamanism: Western Fantasies, Imaginal Realities

An almost obsessive interest in the human body in literary and psychological theory over the past ten years has uncovered not just the physical body but the body as metaphor, political emblem, social construction, and symptom. The Wounded Body builds on this recent interest in the body by providing an ambitious interdisciplinary exploration of the wounded body in literature from Homer to Toni Morrison. Guided by insights from phenomenology to Jungian archetypal psychology, Dennis Slattery argues that the body in its scarred, marked, diseased, tattooed, or otherwise afflicted state is not only an individual phenomenon but, in the hands of the poet, a cultural symptom, a place of suffering, as well as a way of seeing and ordering the experience of the one who is wounded.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780791443828

Therapeutic Yoga Kit

$29.95

A therapeutic yin practice that activates the body’s self-healing potential through total relaxation and stillness

• Presents gentle, adapted postures to promote recovery from injury and illness and relief from stress and fatigue

• Includes transitional yoga movements and stretches to perform between the postures to release stiffness and lubricate the muscles

• Contains a deck of 16 posture cards and a 75-minute audio CD of guided practice

In The Therapeutic Yoga Kit, Cheri Clampett and Biff Mithoefer combine the gentle healing of Therapeutic Yoga and the quiet awareness of a yin practice to present 16 gentle postures that relieve stress and fatigue and promote recovery from injury and illness. Therapeutic Yoga is a blend of Restorative Yoga, gentle yoga, breathwork, and meditation that releases the body from the fight-or-flight response caused by traumatic events and life’s everyday stresses. A yin practice encourages the attitude of acceptance and helps us leave behind our yang need for constant striving and action.

Each pose represents a gentle, adapted posture that is held for 10 minutes or more in a fully supported state. The authors also include transitional yoga movements and stretches to perform during the routine to release stiffness, rejuvenate the muscles, and lubricate the joints. The 16 posture cards and 75-minute audio CD of guided routines and meditations that accompany the text facilitate the creation of a personalized practice. The authors emphasize achieving total relaxation in the specific postures to activate the body’s self-healing abilities. It is in this place of comfort and stillness where true healing begins.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781594772511

Tending Body and Soul: Essays on a Depth Approach to Medicine

$17.95

A compilation of essays, editorials, and feature articles written and published by Mike (Myron K.) Denney from 2003 to 2010. These writings are based upon a depth psychological approach to the science and practice of medicine. The stories bring about a union of science and spirituality in the healing arts through mythology, depth psychology, quantum physics, complexity theory, poetry, and metaphor.

ISBN/SKU: 
01795

Journey Through Menopause: A Personal Rite of Passage

$18.00

This intensely personal account of the little written-about sacred dimension of menopause combines religious studies with psychology to "understand menopause as a soul-event... regarding its symptoms as symbols" and provides insight into what this transition can be like for those women who choose to embrace it as a meaningful part of their lives rather than denying it. Downing explores menopause as a rite of passage and reveals her own inner and outer journey through this process, using a trip she took to India when she turned 50 to mark the occasion. She shares with her sisters the lessons learned on the journey: "the discovery that I was done with the heroic quest, the acceptance of weakness and vulnerability, the recognition of my dependence on other women, the revelation that I am loved enough."

This intensely personal account of the little written-about sacred dimension of menopause combines religious studies with psychology to "understand menopause as soul-event…regarding its symptoms as symbols" and provides insight into what this transition can be like for those women who choose to embrace it as a meaningful part of their lives.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781882670338

Discovering the Body's Wisdom

$22.00

In an attractive, oversized format, enlivened with illustrations, sidebar quotes, personal accounts, techniques to try, and profiles of leaders in the field, Discovering the Body's Wisdom is a basic resource for well-being and natural health.

Body disciplines and therapies have enjoyed phenomenal growth in the past decade, becoming a major alternative to mainstream medicine and traditional psychotherapy. But with more than 100,000 practitioners and dozens of methods available in the United States alone, how can consumers choose the right one for themselves?

Mirka Knaster's richly informative guide provides an overview of the principles and theories underlying the major Eastern and Western body therapies, or "bodyways." It shows readers how to befriend their own bodies, getting back in touch with their internal sources of health and wisdom. It also describes more than 75 individual approaches, answering such questions as: How does each therapy work? What can we expect from one session or a series? What are the reasons for selecting this method? How do we find a qualified practitioner? What, if any, are the "consumer-bewares"?

ISBN/SKU: 
9780553373271

Bone Breath and Gesture V1: Practices of Embodiement

$23.95

This book is a collection of writings on principles and techniques by the pioneers of bodywork and body awareness disciplines. Together, they represent a historical record of the field of somatics. Ranging from hands-on workers like Ida Rolf to phenomenologist Elizabeth Behnke, their lives span this century. In these lectures, writings, and interviews, editor Don Hanlon Johnson has sought to revel the unbroken lineage, theoretical differences, and major similarities of these originators.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781556432019

Authentic Movement Volume 1

$44.95

Authentic Movement, created by Mary Starks Whitehouse and subsequently developed by Janet Adler and Joan Chodorow, approaches dance and movement therapy from a Jungian perspective. The basic concepts of Authentic Movement are expressed here through interviews and conversations with these figures and their key papers. They emphasize the importance of movement as a means of communication, particularly movement which is unconscious or "authentic", emerging when the individual has a deep, self-sensing awareness - an attitude of "inner listening". Such movement can trigger powerful images, feelings and memories arising from as early as infancy or childhood.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781853026539
Publication Date: 
1999-05-15
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Asclepius: Collection and Interpretation of the Testimonies

$36.00

Throughout nearly all of antiquity, the legendary Greek physician, Asclepius, son of Apollo and Coronis, was the primary representative of divine healing. He remained so influential in the religious life of later centuries that, as Emma J. Edelstein and Ludwig Edelstein point out, "in the final stages of paganism, of all genuinely Greek gods, [he] was judged the foremost antagonist of Christ". First published in two volumes in 1945, the Edelsteins' classic study provides an overview of all facets of the Asclepian phenomenon. The book makes available a unique collection of the literary references and inscriptions in ancient texts to the deity, his life, his deeds, his cult, and his temples - each given in both the original and translation and accompanied by extended analysis and commentary.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780801857690
Publication Date: 
1998-02-27

Archetypal Medicine

$18.00

New Edition with a New ForewordIn Archetypal Medicine, Alfred Ziegler re-reads asthma, skin disease, heart attacks, anorexia, rheumatism, and chronic pain from a psychological perspective. According to his view, humanity's nature is neither natural nor healthy, but rather, afflicted and chronically ill. In this way he challenges the philosophical basis of traditional medicine, exposes its shadow, and charges that the current excessive interesting in health betrays our nature. All of this is done in a clear and elegantly simple style that is packed with case examples and medical data.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780882143743
Publication Date: 
2000-11-01
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