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Kundalini Yoga Meditation for Complex Psychiatric Disorders

Techniques Specific for Treating the Psychoses, Personality, and Pervasive Developmental Disorders


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Kundalini yoga is the ancient parent science of all other forms of yoga and meditation, and a clinically proven therapeutic modality that can have significant healing effects for a wide range of mental health complaints and disorders, from the moderate to the more severe.

This comprehensive resource explains the yogic approach to treating psychiatric disorders that are not covered in Shannahoff-Khalsa’s first book, including the variants of schizophrenia; the ten variants of personality disorders that include borderline, paranoid, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder; and also autism, Asperger’s, and multimorbidities.

Here, he presents a bounty of disorder-specific, multi-part Kudalini yoga meditation protocols never before published for treating complex psychiatric disorders. In addition to offering a host of techniques, the etiology of each disorder is also carefully explained from a yogic perspective. Filled with case studies that help to illuminate the suggested protocols, this thorough volume will guide clinicians on how to incorporate Kundalini yoga meditation techniques into their own practices.


“[P]rovides practical and feasible yogic protocols for treatment of severe psychiatric disorders which were considered till date to be incurable even with pharmacological medications. By reading the success stories of the cases mentioned in this book, family members of psychiatric patients can seek solace in the existence of a possible alternative treatment for severe psychiatric disorders.” — International Journal of Yoga

“The successful use of Kundalini Yoga to treat severe psychiatric illness is one of those disruptive observations that should make us sit up and wonder if we really know as much as we think we do. A first rate scientist and a high order Yogic practitioner and teacher, David Shannahoff-Khalsa draws on one of the world’s great wisdom traditions, providing much that may be of value to patients and practitioners and much that should stimulate further study.” — John S. March, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Neurosciences Medicine, Duke Clinical Research Institute

“[A] ground-breaking book containing a new treatment modality, a courageous and inspired attempt to bridge the enormous gaps between cultures, between esoteric practice and everyday life, and to challenge existing western categories of health and illness.” — The Humanistic Psychologist

“Our understanding of psychopathology and related mind-body states is incomplete. Shannahoff-Khalsa provides a well-informed overview of some of the most challenging disorders and currently available treatments, describing his experience working with severely affected individuals where intensive practice of specific yogic protocols resulted in substantial clinical improvement.” — James Leckman, MD, Neison Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Psychology and Pediatrics at Yale, and Director of Research, Yale Child Study Center

“Most psychiatric disorders are chronic and disabling. Since current treatments often do not provide full symptom remission, additional approaches are needed. In this new book, Shannahoff-Khalsa continues to increase the credibility of Kundalini Yoga as one such approach. The yoga protocols introduced can serve as adjuncts to the treatment of specific psychiatric and personality disorders not explored in his previous books.” — Euripides Miguel, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Sao Paolo Medical School

“I doubt there is any book quite like this, and if there is, I am sure that it would struggle to be as bold, complex and intriguing as Dr. David S. Shannahoff-Khalsa's work…A truly original book…with plenty of evidence to suggest that what he expouses, has positive outcomes for a cross-section of people who have been suffering with chronic psychiatric problems.” — Alex Jenson, MHMR of Tarrant County

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