A-Z of Mental Health

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Mental Heath Conditions in Alphabetical Order

Select a letter to jump to health conditions. Find articles, recommended books, free online videos, podcasts, CDs and links to websites that provide support for general disorders as well as specific disorders. We hope to add to this list, and please let us know about other resources you may find of value.
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Yoga and Healing Addiction

The 12-Step Yogi

The 12-Step Buddhist

Healing Addiction with Yoga
Other Resource
The Recovery Sutras (pdf) (LA Yoga)

“The Use of a Retreat Format to Assist in Recovery from Addictions”
(Light on Ayurveda Journal, Spring 2009) (pdf)

“Nourishing Mind by Nourishing Body” LA Yoga, October 2008 ) (pdf)

The Recovery Sutras – informative article from LA magazine. Read or download pdf. Read part 2 here.

“Nourishing Mind by Nourishing Body” – informative article from LA magazine. Read or download pdf.

Healing Addiction with Yoga: A Yoga Program for People in 12-Step Recovery by Annalisa Cunningham

Overcoming Addictions by Deepak Chopra

Addiction Alchemy: Yoga & Recovery podcast with Renee Bledsoe

Addiction, Recovery and Yoga
In this professionally made documentary film people speak candidly and compellingly about their addictions, working the 12-step program, and how Yoga helped them in various ways with their recovery. The film is made by a senior Iyengar Yoga teacher and Yoga therapist. Watch film free online.

The Yoga of Recovery – offers retreats integrating the wisdom of Yoga and Ayurveda with the tools of 12-Step Recovery. Yoga of Recovery offers retreats in beautiful, peaceful locations where you can relax, recover, and rejuvenate.

Many of the retreat centers listed you’ll find in the General Health section of Integral Yoga Magazine’s website have Yoga and Recovery programs and workshops.

Addiction Recovery Online Guide
Yoga & Addiction Recovery Forum

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Online Free Videos
How to Overcome Anger
Sri Swami Satchidananda answers the question, “How to overcome anger.” He gives practical advice and suggestions based on yogic philosophy and practices, in his inimitable way breaking it all down into the simplest wisdom.

Release & Replace
Swami Vidyananda, Integral Yoga senior monk and master teacher describes the process, with real life examples, of putting pratipaksha bhavan into practice in transforming challenging emotions such as anger.

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Yoga-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Yoga for Anxiety

Asanas and Pranayama for Anxiety

Yoga Practices for OCD: Shanmukhi Mudra

Books, DVDs
Yoga for Anxiety: Meditations and Practices for Calming the Body and Mind by Mary & Rick Nurriestearns

The Kundalini Yoga Meditation Video for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder”
(DVD) by David Shannahoff-Khalsa. One of the main people to publish research on the subject.

Yoga and Meditation for Anxiety with Rick Freeman Format (produced by the Chopra Center) and for viewing as video on demand here.

Yoga-based Program for OCD and Anxiety by Boris Pisman, MS
One of the best programs available from this Integral Yoga teacher and National Board Certified Counselor. Inexpensive download.

eHow Yogic Breathing for Anxiety series
In these free online videos we’re going to explore how to gain control of anxiety by gaining control of the breath. If you’re a person that’s prone to anxiety then you know the feelings of disquiet, uneasiness, distress. Psychologists say that sometimes it’s accompanied by compulsive behaviors or panic attacks but they all come back to the word fear. We’re going to see, in these videos, how to gain control of that fear and how to gain control of the body during a panic attack or an anxiety attack by using Yoga breathing techniques.

Yoga for Anxiety Online Forum

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Can Yoga Help Bipolar Disorder?

Yoga: Not Just an Exercise

Yoga for Bipolar forum

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Yoga for Depression with Amy Weintraub

Healing Depression with Yoga and Ayurveda

Information About Yoga For Depression

Yoga Therapy in Practice: Interview with Amy Weintraub (pdf)

Yoga for Depression: A Review of Amy Weintraub’s book



Yoga Therapy in Practice: Interview with Amy Weintraub – informative article + pdf download from the woman who wrote the book!

Yoga For Depression by Amy Weintraub

The Chemistry of Joy: A Three-Step Program for Overcoming Depression Through Western Science and Eastern Wisdom by Henry Emmons

Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression (Hardcover) by James S. Gordon M.D.

Yoga for Depression – podcast from Fitness Rocks: An interview with Dr. David Shapiro of UCLA about his research on using Yoga as a complementary treatment for depression.

JivaDiva Yoga Jam: Yoga for Depression A 20 min. Yoga Session with Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, Alanna
This 20 Minute Yoga Series is specifically designed for anybody who is dealing with depression, anxiety or an under the weather mood.

Breathe To Beat The Blues: Manage Your Mood with Your Breath with Amy Weintraub (CD)

From LifeForce Yoga® to Beat the Blues, Level 1 with Amy Weintraub on YouTube
The author of Yoga for Depression (Broadway Books) leads you through an energizing sequence of Yoga warm-up poses including a simple twist, spinal flexes in “Flying Cow,” a gentle backbend with a mantra, and Downward-Facing Dog Pose.

LifeForce Yoga® Breath of Joy & Simple Stretch
with Amy Weintraub on YouTube
This simple LifeForce Yoga® breathing exercise can sweep away cobwebs of lethargy and bring more energy into your life. Try it when you first get out of bed, and then watch how your body wants to move and stretch.

Setting Your Intention: From LifeForce Yoga® to Beat the Blues, Level 2 with Amy Weintraub on YouTube
Allow an intention for your practice and your life to reveal itself, as the author of Yoga for Depression guides you in this standing, centering meditation.

From LifeForce Yoga® to Beat the Blues, Level 2 with Amy Weintraub on YouTube
A Yoga warm up that includes a half Sun Salutation with a standing twist, accompanied by appropriate mantras for calm strength and an open heart.

1. LifeForce Yoga® – programs and retreats with Amy Weintraub

Other Resources

The Chemistry of Joy: A Three-Step Program for Overcoming Depression Through Western Science and Eastern Wisdom by Henry Emmons


Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression (Hardcover)

by James S. Gordon M.D. http://tinyurl.com/lc4fm3


Breathe To Beat The Blues: Manage Your Mood with Your Breath (Amy Weintraub)



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Teaching Yoga to Women with Eating Disorders

Reconnect With Food: Yoga In The Treatment Of Eating Disorders

How Can the Practice of Yoga Help (pdf)

Yoga: A New Way To Fight Anorexia And Bulimia

Meditation For Eating Disorders


What Are You Hungry For? Women, Food and Spirituality, by Lynn Ginsburg and Mary Taylor (St. Martin’s Press, 2002).

Powerful Meditations for Eating Disorders by Kat Chiou

The Beneficial Effects of Mindfulness on Eating Disorders and Cravings YouTube video with Lisa Dale Miller, MFT (A Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention program)

Reconnect with Food Unplugged: DVD features an introduction to the foundation of Yoga, eating disorder recovery and weight management. One hour of a Yoga practice and one-hour of group support discussion with “real people” working to over come their struggle with food, body image and emotions.


Reconnect with Food ® – founded by Beverly Price who is a renowned leader in the specialty of Yoga and eating disorder recovery, transforming the way patients and professionals approach eating disorder healing. Eating Disorder Intensive Treatment and Support Programs.

Why Eat? A Holistic Approach To Healing Your Relationship With Food And Your Body With Barbara Ruzansky. Offering workshops & retreats nationally.

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind workshops & consultations

Sprouting Yoga: Yoga as a Therapy for Eating Disorders and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Blog

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Guided Experience: Releasing Negativity (MP3)

Mental Fitness: Health & Well-Being, a guided relaxation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmPOW47PBYo

How to Control Negative Emotions
Sri Swami Satchidananda answers a question about how to transform emotions like anger, loss, fear, rejection, depression that are often paralyzing and how to return to a more centered state of mind and being.
From the DVD “Mind, Its Mysteries and Control” and also available for download here

Mental Fitness: Health & Well-Being, a guided relaxation: You Tube Video

Guided Experience: Releasing Negativity (MP3)
From: A Woman’s Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras Audiobook. In The Secret Power of Yoga, Nischala Joy Devi guides the listener to the heart and spirit of Yoga by offering a commentary on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras that emanates from an intuitive, feminine, heart-centered approach. Unlocking the secrets of this sacred text, The Secret Power of Yoga views consciousness as residing not only in the mind, but re-establishes the ancient wisdom that recognizes the essential role of the heart.
Available from: http://www.iydbooks.com/templates/product.aspx?ProductGuid=00596&GroupGuid=4591

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How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health Care by Richard P. Brown, Patricia L. Gerbarg & Philip R. Muskin
Leaders in the field of complementary medicine present a comprehensive yet compact guide to herbs, nutrients, and Yoga as adjuncts to mental health therapy.
Meditation As Medicine: Activate the Power of Your Natural Healing Force by Dharma Singh Khalsa, MD

LifeForce Yoga Nidra to Manage Your Mood & Relaxation for Sleep with Amy Weintraub (CD)

Kundalini Yoga Meditation: Techniques Specific for Psychiatric Disorders, Couples Therapy, and Personal Growth by David Shannahoff-Khalsa

Yoga Nidra by Richard Miller, Ph.D. (foundation for the iRest program)

Full Catastrophe Living, Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn



Phoenix Rising with Michael Lee

Integrative Yoga Therapy with Joseph LePage

Yoga for the Mind: Yoga Therapy for stress, anxiety & depression with Heather Mason (England)



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Yoga and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Interview with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s leading authorities on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

A Yogic Perspective on Psychological Trauma Sevika Douglass for Integral Yoga Magazine

Yoga Practice for OCD, Phobia & PTSD by Tanu Bhandari for helium.com

Walter Reed Using Yoga to Fight PTSD by Noah Shachtman. Reprinted from Wired magazine

The Healing Effect of Yoga on PTSD by Sharon Steffensen. Reprinted from Yoga Chicago magazine, March-April 2007

A Soldier’s Heart: Veterans and PTSD by Alicia Bessette from Yoga + Joyful Living magazine

Yoga’s Role in Healing Trauma: The Chakras and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by Margaret Juliano for Sprout Yoga

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the Koshas and Yoga by Susan Bradford. Reprinted from yogasprings.com

iRest meditation: 2 sample meditations led by John Records, www.yourintegrativedevelopment.com


Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Teacher Training offered by the Trauma Center (Massachusetts). Contact David Emerson, E-RYT at (617) 232-1303, ext. 222, or demerson[at]traumacenter.org

iRest © Yoga Nidra developed by Richard Miller, PhD.
iRest is the program being used at Walter Reed Hospital and many other VA hospitals and was the protocol utilized in a study on PTSD. iRest Yoga Nidra is an effective ten-step tool that you can integrate into your personal life, or your professional teaching or clinical practice.

Yoga for Vets NYC : free classes at the Integral Yoga Institute of New York

Yoga for Vets : nonprofit organization that has a directory of classes for vets in USA

Yoga Warriors

Santa Fe Soul (New Mexico) has ongoing Yoga classes for PTSD

Sprouting Yoga: Yoga as a Therapy for Eating Disorders and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – blog

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SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

SAD? A Daily Dose Of Yoga Could Help


Yoga and Schizophrenia