Yoga for Transformation: Ancient Teachings and Practices for Healing the Body, Mind, and Heart
Author: Gary Kraftsow
While there is no denying yoga's popularity as a form of physical exercise, the other life-enhancing aspects of this tradition remain obscure to many Westerners. In Yoga for Transformation, Gary Kraftsow introduces techniques that treat not only the physical body but also the emotions, mind, heart, and soul of the practitioner-the places where real transformation can take place. There are breathing techniques to control energy levels, exercises to train and sharpen the intellect, and meditative practices to help increase self-awareness. With more than 350 black and white photographs throughout, this unique and accessible book is dedicated to strengthening the whole self-body, mind, and spirit.
"Gary Kraftsow . . . will inspire every Yoga enthusiast." (T. K. V. Desikachar)
The Premature Menopause Book: When the Change of Life Comes Too Early
Author: Kathryn Petras
WHY NOW? WHY ME?
Today, millions of women in their twenties and thirties, many of whom are just beginning to plan a family, are receiving the shocking news that their reproductive years are already over. They are in premature menopause -- menopause years before its time. Whether due to an autoimmune disorder, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or the often undiagnosed condition known as Premature Ovarian Failure (POF), premature menopause is common, increasing -- and almost always traumatic.
If you are one of the women experiencing early menopause, you have hundreds of questions, but have probably found few answers...until now. The Premature Menopause Book is the first book focusing on this difficult transition -- written by a woman who faced the same questions: What can I do about it? Do I need hormones? How can I have a baby despite this condition? How can I feel like "me" again?
The Premature Menopause Book provides the latest information on health and emotional issues, explores all of your options, lists resources, websites and support groups, shares the experiences and advice of women going through this experience, answers frequently asked questions and offers the support and understanding you need.
Diagnosed with premature menopause at age 38, Petras has written the book that she wished had been available to her at that traumatic time. Well researched, engrossing, and easy to understand, this book will be invaluable to the millions of women in their twenties and thirties who share Petras's experience, answering the questions women ask when faced with the physical and emotional consequences of early menopause and the reality that their ability to reproduce might be over. In addition to a thorough discussion of the pathophysiology and emotional aspects of premature menopause, this book includes chapters on hormone replacement and other pharmacologic therapies, diet (including vitamins and natural supplements), and exercise, as well as choosing the right doctor. Personal accounts from women dealing with premature menopause coupled with Petras's references to her own experiences should help empower women. Appended to the text is information about support groups and web sites. A worthwhile addition to consumer health collections.--Linda M.G. Katz, MCP Hahnemann Univ., Philadelphia Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
For women in their 20s and 30s who are already facing menopause, a thorough discussion of issues and treatments, along with plenty of support from those who've been there. Petras herself was diagnosed with premature menopause at age 38 (before she•d had children) and went through what turned out to be an all too common ordeal: insensitive, inaccurate, unhelpful medical care, a myriad of vague and distressing symptoms, emotional crises brought about by the early end to her reproductive years, a bewildered spouse. She hopes here to help others avoid as much of the confusion (if not the pain) as possible. Petras first explains "The Symptoms and Signs That Can Tip You Off and the Tests You Should Ask Your Doctor For." She then describes the physiology of early menopause (what isn't working and why) and considers "Why Me? Dealing With the Emotional Realities of Premature Menopause." She covers the issues of hormone replacement therapy (generally, Petras thinks it's appropriate here), vitamin and other supplements, and finding good medical care, and she looks at the possibilities of having a baby (egg donors, surrogates, and adoption are discussed). Throughout, Petras refers frequently to her own and others• experiences (she is now part of an extensive support network). Included are lists of medical resources and support organizations. Sound advice and information for those facing a similar diagnosis.