Using Yoga Therapy to Promote Mental Health in Children and Adolescents outlines a framework of clinical yoga therapy practice that addresses the whole child, rather than solely the symptoms.
The book explores different developmental stages in the growth of children and adolescents, and gives general guidelines on how to adapt yoga practices for the different age groups.
- Topics covered are chronic pain; mood regulation; eating disorders and body image issues; trauma; suicidal ideation and non-suicidal self-injurious behavior; sensory integration; developmental disabilities and hallucinations.
- Each chapter includes related anecdotes, a review of the research literature and sample yoga practices for symptoms presented.
- A practice library containing a fully illustrated index of all asanas, pranayamas, and other yoga practices ensure the book provides enough practical guidance.
- Case studies throughout the book demonstrate practical applications.
This books will help yoga therapists and psychotherapists interested in the benefits of yoga understand the latest research, and how it impacts on what they do, thereby giving them the confidence necessary for working with these age groups.
“I really liked this book. The American author, a yoga therapist at a children’s hospital in Colorado, also has qualifications in counselling and psychotherapy. The first chapter is about how to modify practices to suit different age groups, and following chapters discuss chronic pain, emotion and behavioural regulation, trauma, eating disorders and body image disorders, psychosis and injurious behaviours. The book feels very comprehensive. Each chapter begins with a case study example, psychotherapy definitions, references to studies to support the arguments the author is making and also references to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. It feels like the author has considered each topic from several viewpoints and is very succinctly pulling together different strands in an accessible way. Each chapter contains three suggested yoga practices based on the client’s age, and there are complete instructions on each of the practices at the back of the book. I think it would be a useful reference for one-to-one work with children and adolescents.” Nicola Bourke, Yoga Scotland, January 2016
About the author:
Michelle Fury is a yoga therapist at Children’s Hospital, Colorado. She has her Masters degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University and she holds her Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) status through the State of Colorado. She has specialist training in trauma therapy, as well as extensive training and experience using mindfulness-based therapy models. Her work with children and adolescents in the field of yoga therapy as a psychotherapeutic intervention has been featured in a number of local and national publications including Yoga Journal, The Wall Street Journal, and Social Work Today. She has also published a feature article in Yoga Therapy Today.