30 Amazing Stories of Resilience to Help You Heal, Connect, and Thrive
Featuring thirty personal essays about finding resilience through yoga, this inspiring book supports your journey to self-acceptance and empowerment. Susanna Barkataki, Zabie Yamasaki, Jan Adams, Michael Hayes, Amanda Huggins, Sarah Harry, Alli Simon, and many other renowned practitioners present extraordinary stories of overcoming addiction, working through trauma, and learning how to heal from grief.
Topics of loss and hardship are often swept aside in conversations about mindfulness and yoga, but this remarkable book offers profound wisdom on how your practice can help you carry on during challenging times. Explore unique perspectives on trauma related to gender, identity, and body image. Discover uplifting messages of recovery, awakening, and belonging. This anthology encourages you to reconnect with your body and transform it into a trusted ally that provides strength you didn't realize you had.
Includes a foreword by Hala Khouri, MA, cofounder of Off the Mat, Into the World.
"A much-needed addition to any yoga book collection, providing an uninhibited voice to many powerful leaders who teach the reader important lessons about humanity, compassion, and how yoga helps us be and do better."
—Jules Mitchell, author of Yoga Biomechanics: Stretching Redefined
"These authentic writing voices deftly explore the intersection between personal experiences and transformative action."
—Matthew Sanford, author of Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence, yoga teacher, and founder of the non-profit Mind Body Solutions
"These incredible stories illustrate how yoga that's taught and practiced in a way that helps you gently tune your ear to your body and inner knowing can be a powerful companion on the way."
—Anna Guest-Jelley, founder of Curvy Yoga
"This book shares personal stories that demonstrate how yoga can be the missing link in healing from trauma and building resilience."
—Trina Altman, NCPT, E-RYT 500, YACEP®
"The stunning beauty and power of the collected essays in Embodied Resilience through Yoga are found not only in the liberating diversity of voices, but in the ability of narrative to foster empathy and inclusion."
— Carrie Owerko, C-IAYT, Senior Intermediate Iyengar yoga teacher
"This book is embodiment itself: from beginning to end it honors the courage of vulnerability and deepens your relationship with yourself."
—Dr. Jennifer Copeland, contemplative psychotherapist and yoga and meditation teacher
"Humanity has always used storytelling as the vehicle for teaching, and that's the beauty of this collection. We're offered essential teachings in the form of personal stories that get to the heart of the issues facing contemporary yoga practitioners."
—Jivana Heyman, author of Accessible Yoga
"Grateful, grateful, grateful. Thank you for this book; thank you for the truth it offers and the optimism it encourages."
—Jessamyn Stanley, author of Every Body Yoga
"As we move into post Covid-19, these intersectional stories of courage and hope are powerful mitigation during a time of collective trauma. With each story told and heard, maps are exchanged to help us all navigate our own hero's and heroine's journey into belonging and embodied resilience."
—Micheline Pierrette Berry, somatic artist and founder of Liquid Asana
"The inspirational stories of those who have used their traumatic experiences as sources of personal growth and community strength, along with meditations and reflection questions, serve as a much-needed healing balm."
—Gail Parker, PhD, CIAYT, author of Restorative Yoga for Ethnic and Race-Based Stress and Trauma
"Embodied Resilience through Yoga is exactly what we need to be reading right now to help us through these turbulent times and beyond."
—Anusha Wijeyakumar MA, RYT, CPC, founder of Shanti Within and wellness consultant at Hoag Hospital
"I highly recommend this beautiful book and am grateful to each author for sharing their truth so we can turn towards our own with more grace."—Seane Corn, author of Revolution of the Soul and cofounder of Off the Mat, Into the World
"The editors and contributors of Embodied Resilience through Yoga prove that our personal stories can both inspire and educate. This collection of essays offer insight into how yoga practice can be an avenue to healing and to living an embodied life."—Felicia Tomasko, RN, editor-in-chief of LA YOGA magazine
"Embodied Resilience through Yoga is a well-written, must-read book for anyone who wants to discover the healing and transformational benefits of yoga."—Donna Noble, MSc, yoga teacher and intuitive wellbeing coach