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Yin yoga therapy and mental health

Tracey Meyers’ book Yin Yoga Therapy and Mental Health: An Integrated Approach (Singing Dragon, 2022) teaches yoga therapists and mental health professionals how to integrate Yin Yoga into practice and treatment plans as part of a holistic approach to healing and treating a variety of mental health challenges and brain injuries.
Yin yoga is an accessible form of yoga consisting of mainly floor based low force stretching, perfect for all patients regardless of physical limitations. The use of Yin yoga when combined with breath work and meditation can decrease anxiety, improve overall mood, and create a sense of well-being.
With explanations on the principles of practice, such as asanas, meditation, breathwork and how to integrate different psychological methods to decrease emotional suffering and increase self-care along with examples of how to apply these principles for a range of mental health conditions; this guide is essential reading for all practitioners interested in an integrated approach to healing.
Tracey Meyers, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. She is currently employed at Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) in Massachusetts, a lawyer assistance program where she focuses on lawyer wellbeing and mental health and maintains a private practice as well. In addition, she is an advanced yoga teacher, certified yoga therapist, and MBSR and mindfulness teacher. Prior to LCL, Tracey worked for the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services where she spent 17 years working as a clinical neuropsychologist working with clients with learning disabilities, attention-deficit disorder, traumatic brain injury, and developmental and brain-based disorders providing neuropsychological assessment, group and individual psychotherapy, and positive behavioral support planning.
Tracey graduated from Skidmore College in 1992 and completed her doctorate in clinical psychology from Florida Tech in 1997. She completed her internship and post-doctoral training in neuropsychology at the Miami VA and University of Miami. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the National Association of Neuropsychology, the International Neuropsychological Society, and the National Register of Healthcare Providers in Psychology.
Tracey has authored several publications and book chapters around neuropsychological assessment, autism spectrum disorders, behavioral treatment for different mental health conditions, yoga for addiction, and has written a book Yin Yoga Therapy and Mental Health that was recently published in June of 2022 (Singing Dragon, 2022). Tracey is an adjunct faculty member at Maryland University of Integrative Health Master of Science Yoga Therapy program in Laurel, Maryland. 
Elizabeth Cronin, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and mindfulness meditation teacher with offices in Brookline and Norwood, MA. You can follow her on Instagram or visit her website.
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An Integrated Approach

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This highly illustrated guide teaches yoga therapists and mental health professionals how to integrate Yin Yoga into practice and treatment plans as part of a holistic approach to healing and treating a variety of mental health challenges and brain injuries.

Yin yoga is an accessible form of yoga consisting of mainly floor based low force stretching, perfect for all patients regardless of physical limitations. The use of Yin yoga when combined with breath work and meditation can decrease anxiety, improve overall mood, and create a sense of well-being.

With explanations on the principles of practice, such as asanas, meditation, breathwork and how to integrate different psychological methods to decrease emotional suffering and increase self-care along with examples of how to apply these principles for a range of mental health conditions; this guide is essential reading for all practitioners interested in an integrated approach to healing.

  • Published: Jun 21 2022
  • Pages: 304
  • 252 x 178mm
  • ISBN: 9781848194151

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Dr. Meyers has delivered a practical guide to help mental health professionals across disciplines gain the knowledge and skills to effectively integrate yin yoga into existing treatment approaches. Her method, applicable to diverse and challenging clinical presentations, is reinforced with case vignettes, and infused with easy-to-understand illustrations. It is refreshing to see renewed support of treating the mind-body connection in a way that perfectly complements a traditional model of psychiatric care.

The clear, clean writing of Tracey Meyers, “Yin Yoga and Mental Health,” cultivates the reader’s attention in the same manner a yin posture invites the practitioner into a deeper, more meditative understanding of ways to engage in their lived experience.

Diana Finlayson

In today’s movement towards making yoga more widely accessible and trauma-informed, this book is a must read. Tracey skillfully weaves together compelling stories, robust scientific and public health data, and step-by-step guidance in transformative yogic techniques, leaving the reader both inspired and empowered to support their own and others’ mental health through the healing powers of yoga.

Kyla Pearce

Yin Yoga and Mental Health is sure to become a classic and staple in the library for yoga and mindfulness educators and clinicians alike. Tracey’s lifelong dedication to exploring new, integrative models for whole person healing are a gift to all of us.

Jennifer Ciarimboli

Dr. Meyers gives us thoughtful and real examples of how these yoga and breathing practices have been used in her personal and professional life. The stories about individuals being introduced to mind-body practices and their reactions made the book engaging versus a basic instructional manual. Each story that was presented in the book was thoughtfully and respectfully written. As a trauma thriver I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning mind-body practices as a form of healing.

Linda Lentini

Tracey Meyers deftly integrates Yin Yoga with psychotherapy in her thoughtful, scholarly approach to treating anxiety, depression, trauma, schizophrenia, and brain injury cases. Rare in its depth and clarity…. a must-read for clinicians and yoga therapists.

Patricia L. Gerbarg

Tracey’s writing offers a rich and unique tapestry of philosophy and practical application from yoga, Buddhism, and psychology seamlessly weaving personal story and client examples that empower the reader in applying this work. Her writing is personal, approachable, and inspiring-full of both wisdom and heart.

Marlysa Sullivan DPT

Dr. Meyers’ vision of the hybrid modality of yin yoga as an accessible, complete practice is well-suited to support the range of mental health conditions she outlines through the lens of Western psychology. Of particular value for physical health providers, this practical text engagingly draws on personal clinical experience as well as ideas from a number of mind-body traditions to demonstrate how the tension experienced in yin-style practice can help us to access “fluidity, range of motion, comfort, and ease.” In so doing, we nudge open the doorways of perception, creating possibilities for skilled response rather than habitual reaction.

Laurie Hyland Robertson

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Tracey Meyers is a licensed clinical psychologist, E-RYT 500 hour yoga teacher, certified C-IAYT yoga therapist, certified MBSR instructor, and iRest teacher.  Tracey works as a clinician at Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, a legal assistance program where she provides individual consultations and corporate seminars on stress reduction, wellbeing, and integrative modalities for mental health. Tracey loves teaching therapeutic yoga  including Yin, Restorative, and Yoga Nidra for groups and individuals.  Tracey is an endorsed Insight Yin Yoga teacher under Sarah Powers, one of only of 18 teachers with this designation across the world.  She is a certified iRest teacher under Richard Miller, Ph.D. and Breath Body Mind teacher under Patricia Gerbarg and Richard Brown, MD. Tracey leads nationally recognized mindfulness programs and retreats, and Yin Yoga Teacher Training Immersions for yoga teachers, yoga therapists, and mental health professionals.  Tracey has a strong background in brain /behavior, working as a neuropsychologist with an expertise in neuropsychological assessment, trauma-informed therapies,  and integrative medicine.  She has spent most of her professional career working in inpatient and outpatient behavioral health settings  with clients that have a wide-range of brain-based disorders including traumatic brain injury, stroke, neurocognitive disorders, depression, bipolar disorder,  anxiety disorders, PTSD, and schizophrenia.   She is the author of the upcoming book, Yin Yoga Therapy for Mental Health (Singing Dragon – May 2022) and has authored several publications  book chapters around holistic behavioral treatment for different mental health conditions, yoga for addiction. Tracey is an adjunct faculty at  Maryland University of Integrative Health Master’s of Science Yoga Therapy program in Laurel, Maryland. 

 

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