About the Book
Healing Depression the Mind-Body Way: Creating Happiness with Meditation, Yoga, and Ayurveda
In Healing Depression the Mind-Body Way, authors Nancy Liebler and Sandra Moss provid a comprehensive step-by-step program for eradicating the root of depression from the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of your being.
Ayurveda is the world’s oldest system of natural medicine, originating in India thousands of years ago. Yoga, now practiced by tens of millions of Americans, is derived from it. This unique book reveals the ancient yet ultramodern Ayurvedic perspective on depression. Filled with time-tested techniques to untangle the root of depression, it offers a holistic approach that includes wisdom on yoga, breathing techniques, meditation, nutrition, exercise, lifestyle, and spirituality. In clear, easy-to-understand language, Healing Depression the Mind-Body Way explains how the combined forces of yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda can lead to a happier, more vital life.
In the book, you’ll learn natural anti-depressant strategies such as how to:
- Identify your unique manifestation of depression based on elemental imbalances
- Use food and meditation as medicine to gain physical and spiritual nourishment of the mind and body
- Use yoga postures and breathing techniques to manage energy and mood
- Use physical movement to befitting the needs of the individual
- Use mental techniques to achieve powerful, deep rest
Whether you are battling a depressive episode or need support coping with the problems of daily living, this book will help you awaken the “physician within” and embark on a pathway to a life of balance and renewal
Shining a New Light on the Darkness of Depression
Depression is a major health problem in the U.S. It is estimated that over twenty million Americans have been diagnosed with depression. Two hundred and fifty thousand Americans are hospitalized for depression annually. It seems that America is covered by a thick blanket of depression. Tragically, the number of adults, adolescents, and children diagnosed with depression has been growing at rapid rates in the past several years.
Depression is tyrannical in its treatment of victims, or so it would seem.
Consider the facts:
- Of all Americans who experience a major depressive episode and use conventional methods of treatment, 50 percent will experience some symptoms of lingering depression and 50 percent will have a recurrent episode.
- Seventy percent of people who experience a second episode are likely to have a third.
- Approximately half of the people treated with only the conventional treatment methods for depression show no improvement.
Are you wondering why this depressing picture exists and why so many people experience depression and its lingering affects? We did. Healing Depression the Mind-Body Way is the end result of our research on how to address the epidemic of depression in holistic fashion that is safe and effective, and most of all life changing.
A Problem Beyond the Reach of Pills
Depression is a physical problem that is beyond the reach of pills. Treating depression with only medication is analogous to using aspirin to relieve a fever caused by an infection. Aspirin merely reduces the fever and makes the patient feel more comfortable. It does not address the cause of the infection. Rather, depression is a mental problem that is beyond the reach of words, and it is a spiritual problem that requires techniques to help us connect with the abstract qualities of life.
Healing Depression the Mind-Body Way shines a new light on the darkness of depression. It moves past the current Western myth of the “broken brain” (the notion that depression is the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain) and unfolds a novel paradigm of depression. It presents recommendations for relieving depression based on Ayurveda, the ultimate form of mind-body medicine.
This mind-body approach offers a new perspective on depression and anxiety. It presents the novel concept that depression can originate in any aspect of our being—-our physical, mental, emotional, and social self. It offers life changing practical solutions which are easy to implement into your life style.
Who Can Benefit From This Program?
This program works for anyone who is stuck anywhere in the continuum of depression or anyone who simply wishes to enhance their joy of life. We promote a safe and effective program that complements Western approaches by filling in the gaps left vacant by modern medicine. The program is not intended to exclude medication or talk-therapy so it provides a remedy for people who:
- Want to side-step the tyranny of recurrent bouts of depression.
- Choose to utilize mainstream medical treatments but want to integrate a holistic approach.
- Desire to use adjunct natural therapies to support their wellness plan
- People who want to preserve or recover their positive mental health.
- Healthy individuals who want to sustain optimal emotional wellness.
About the Authors
Nancy Liebler has served in private practice as a psychotherapist since 1981 and is an avid student of Ayurveda. She studied the principles of Ayurveda at the Oakwood Hospital Center for Alternative and Complementary Medicine in Westland, Michigan. She also served on the board of the Center for Enlightened Medicine in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and speaks frequently about Ayurveda and health care, appearing on numerous television and radio programs to discuss Ayurvedic health principles and the utilization of Mind-Body medicine to treat and prevent depression.
Previously, Nancy was the Director of Training at the Oakland University Counseling Center in Rochester, Michigan from 1998 to 2001 and was a professor at the Michigan School of Professional Psychology in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and the Michigan Psychological Association. She’s also a board member of the David Lynch Foundation,committed to the establishment of stress-free schools. Nancy graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, and received an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Wayne State University in Detroit and a Specialist Degree in Humanistic and Educational Psychology from the Center for Humanistic Studies, also in Detroit. Her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology was awarded by the Union Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Sandra Moss graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Anthropology and Pre-Medical Studies. She undertook graduate studies in the department of Tropical Medicine at Tulane University where she received a Master’s of Science and Public Health with a specialization in Parasitology. She further completed a research fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. This fellowship was funded in part by the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine. Sandra was also a medical student at the University of Michigan School of Medicine.
Sandra received her training in Ayurveda from the New World Ayurveda in Ann Arbor, Michigan under the tutelage of Dr. Paul Dugliss, an Internist and Ayurvedic Physician. She also trained at the Aloha Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine in Kauai, Hawaii. There she obtained advanced training in Panchakarma, a sub-specialty of Ayurveda, from Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar. She also studied medicinal herbology and the clinical application of aromatherapy with Dr. Light Miller, a founding member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and author of Ayurveda and Aromatherapy. Sandra is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.