Julie Lusk – Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation and Stress Relief
Chronic stress is a silent assassin that can lead to a number of health and mental health issues, such as anxiety, weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease. In this book, holistic health expert Julie Lusk offers readers a powerful Yoga Nidra program to stop stress in its tracks.
If you feel stressed out, you aren’t alone. Stress is a modern-day epidemic, and if you don’t make healthy changes to keep it under control, you could end up with a weakened immune system or a number of health and mental health issues. This book offers the solution: Yoga Nidra—a practice based on a lucid, sleep-like state of relaxation—focuses specifically on alleviating both the mental and physical manifestations of stress, so you can live a better life.
Packed with meditations, relaxation skills, and visualization techniques, the ancient practices in this book will help you relax, reflect, and revitalize for unshakable peace and joy.
“In her book, Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation and Stress Relief, Julie Lusk masterfully guides us through simple yet exquisite practices whereby we can experience deep relaxation and relief from stress, and experience true health, vitality, resilience, and well-being, wherever we are, whatever our circumstances, throughout our lifetime. I am grateful for the wisdom that Julie offers us through her profoundly accessible, wise, clear, and beautifully written book that reveals the ancient teachings of yoga nidra for both stress relief and healing and restoring our ability to live a peaceful and meaningful life.”
—Richard Miller, PhD, clinical psychologist, teacher of meditation, and author of Yoga Nidra: A Meditative Practice for Deep Relaxation and Healing and The iRest Program for Healing PTSD
“Well researched, clearly written, and authentically lived by the author, Julie Lusk provides the whys, wherefores, and practices for you to reduce and remove stress. The outcome is enhanced health and well-being as life becomes richly and naturally joyful. This book will not only encourage you, it will also guide you to realize the freedom of a full life through yoga nidra.”
—Joyce Hawkes, PhD, biophysicist, cell-biologist-turned-healer, and author of Cell-Level Healing
“Master hatha yoga teacher Julie Lusk’s Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation and Stress Relief is a stellar book that embraces essential yoga teachings in accessible, clearly written, and practical ways. Her point of view on yoga’s ancient wisdom tradition and skill-based practices are wise, fresh, and original. With all the stress in the world, this book and audio set is to be savored—the joy is in the journey!”
—Lilias Folan, known as the “First Lady of Yoga” since her groundbreaking 1972 yoga television series Lilias, Yoga and You
“Julie Lusk combines her scrupulous wisdom and skillful technique with decades of compassionate practice to produce this eminently user-friendly book for those seeking practical, portable tools for managing their stress. Her beautiful spirit infuses these pages with a special light that is hers alone. By all means, read, enjoy, and reap the benefits!”
—Belleruth Naparstek, author of Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal, and creator of the Health Journeys guided imagery audio series
“Drawing on decades of experience as a skilled yoga teacher, Julie Lusk seamlessly integrates ancient Eastern traditions with Western scientific knowledge to provide a clear, practical, step-by-step guide anyone can use to feel less stressed and live a richer, more fulfilling life. Filled with engaging, everyday illustrations, this book illuminates yoga nidra teachings and effectively shows how their principles and practices can help us all become healthier, more balanced, and better integrated—both physically and emotionally.”
—Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, part-time assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, and author of The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems
“This beautiful book actually radiates the relaxed state it purports to teach! It is a wonderful addition to the yogic canon of resources for finding peace and self-awareness in our lives, and fills an especially needed niche as an approach that does not necessitate the use of strenuous physical postures and practices.”
—Rev. Vidya Vonne, E-RYT 500, integral yoga teacher trainer at Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Virginia
“Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation and Stress Relief contains a practical set of spiritual reflections and techniques drawing insights from India’s rich yogic traditions. A useful contribution to the growing body of yoga literature for modern-day spiritual seekers, or simply anyone seeking a calmer, more stress-free mode of living.”
—Edwin Bryant, PhD, professor of Hindu Religion and Philosophy, Rutgers University
“All relaxation is good. Some is super. Yoga nidra is a superb way to reduce stress and improve your health. I have personally done a variety of yogic exercises for many years and have also done scores of relaxation exercises… I have hundreds of CDs including guided imagery and a great deal of outstanding music. Despite my experience, Julie’s Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation and Stress Relief provides the deepest relaxation I can imagine. If you have not yet conquered the art of relaxation, I strongly recommend her work ASAP!”
—Norman Shealy, MD, PhD, neurosurgeon, psychologist, founding president of the American Holistic Medical Association, president of Holos Institutes of Health, and Professor Emeritus of Energy Medicine and President Emeritus at Holos University Graduate Seminary
“Thank you, Julie, for making the practical and profound practice of yoga nidra clear, concise, and accessible. By first mapping out the effects of stress on body and mind, this book then offers a variety of well-researched relaxation practices to choose from, allowing us the flexibility to choose one or rotate our practice. Relaxation becomes the fertile foundation for living a life that brings us happiness, health, and the dynamic energy to accomplish our heart’s dreams. It is a book that would be a welcome addition to any bedside table. That is where my copy will reside!”
—Nischala Joy Devi, teacher and author of The Secret Power of Yoga and The Healing Path of Yoga
“Congratulations to Julie Lusk on the publication of Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation and Stress Relief. No question about it—due to the high amount of stress all over and the huge need for a comprehensive anti-stress mechanism, this book is here at just the right time. I feel that this book will definitely help people overcome their stress and other stress-related disorders.”
—Kamakhya Kumar, MSc, PhD (Yogic Science), chief editor of International Journal of Yoga and Allied Sciences, founding teacher and associate professor in the department of yoga and health, and chief coordinator at the Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine at Dev Sanskriti University, Haridwar, India
From the Back Cover
Chronic stress is a silent assassin thatif left uncheckedcan lead to a number of health and mental health issues, such as anxiety, weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease. Now, for the first time, holistic health expert and yoga instructor Julie Lusk offers readers a powerful Yoga Nidra program to stop stress in its tracks. Packed with meditations, relaxation skills, and visualization techniques, the ancient practices in this book will help readers relax, reflect, and revitalize for unshakable peace and joy.
Paperback: 200 pages