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Mindfulness and Yoga for Self-Regulation

SKU# 9780826198617

A Primer for Mental Health Professionals

Author: Catherine P. Cook-Cottone PhD


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The first book to present mindfulness and yoga-based treatment for dysregulated, consumption-oriented disorders

Mindfulness and yoga-based approaches as beneficial supplements to traditional mental health paradigms are well supported by empirical research. Although numerous texts have examined these approaches for treatment of depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, this is the first to address mindfulness and yoga-based approaches as embodied tools for reducing dysregulation associated with self-destructive and consumption-oriented behaviors. Introducing the basic theoretical foundations, key practices, and comprehensive protocols of mindfulness and yoga-based approaches for the treatment of externally oriented behaviors, the text is targeted at mental health professionals who wish to learn how to incorporate these techniques into their practice.

The book explores the societal influences that lead to the externally oriented, idealized, and ultimately self-defeating concept of the individual. It provides the structure and practical applications for clinicians to help their clients overcome struggles with externally oriented behaviors and discover an internal sense of satisfaction and peace of mind. Tapping into the concept of a "hungry self" within the context of consumerism, the book advocates mindfulness and yoga approaches as alternate pathways toward a contented, regulated, and authentic experience of self. It addresses various aspects of the consumptive self and defines related syndromes such as disordered eating, compulsive shopping, substance use, and gambling. Creating a context for using alternative and complementary approaches, the book describes the challenges of traditional therapies. It then covers the conceptual aspects of mindfulness and yoga and describes specific protocols that facilitate behaviors associated with a healthy experience of the self for a variety of disorders.

Key Features:

  • Describes mindfulness and yoga approaches as an effective treatment for a range of consumption and self-regulation issues--the first book of its kind
  • Explains how to integrate mindfulness and yoga with traditional mental health paradigms for maximum benefits
  • Designed for clinicians with minimal background in yoga or mindfulness
  • Combines a conceptual overview of embodied self-regulation with practical techniques
  • Reviews treatment protocols informed by mindfulness and yoga practices covering their evidence base and contraindications for use

Product Details 

  • Publication Date April 06, 2015
  • Page Count 346
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826198617
  • EISBN 9780826198631

About The Author(s) 

Catherine Cook-Cottone, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, registered yoga teacher, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her research specializes in embodied self-regulation through practices such as yoga, mindfulness, and self-care; and psychosocial disorders, including eating disorders and trauma. She is the author of Mindfulness and Yoga for Self-Regulation: A Primer for Clinicians (Springer Publishing, 2015); Elements of Counseling Children and Adolescents (Springer Publishing, 2014); Girls Growing in Wellness and Balance: Yoga and Life Skills to Empower; and Healthy Eating in Schools. Dr. Cook-Cottone is a regular presenter nationally and internationally at conferences and workshops, and teaches classes on mindful therapy, yoga for health and healing, and counseling children and adolescents. She sits on the Yoga in Schools Research Summit Committee at the world-renowned Kripalu Center on Yoga and Health.

Table of Contents 

Catherine P. Cook-Cottone, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, registered yoga teacher, and associate professor at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. She is also a researcher specializing in embodied self-regulation (i.e., yoga, mindfulness, and self-care) and psychosocial disorders (e.g., eating disorders). She has written four books and over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Presenting nationally and internationally, Catherine uses her model of embodied self-regulation to structure discussions on empirical work and practical applications. She teaches classes on mindfulness therapy, yoga for health and healing, the history of psychology, and counseling with children and adolescents. She also maintains a private practice specializing in the treatment of anxiety-based disorders (e.g., posttraumatic stress disorder and generalized anxiety disorder), eating disorders (including other disorders of self-care), and development of emotional regulation skills.


Foreword by B. Grace Bullock, PhD




1 Embodied Self-Regulation: A Conceptual Model of the Role of Embodied Practices in Self-Regulation

The Self


2 The Dysregulated Self: From Craving, to Consumption, to Disorder

Loss of the Embodied Self: What Puts Someone at Risk?

Dysregulation Embodied


3 The Mindful and Yogic Self: Embodied Practices

Between Stimulus and Response

Unique Aspects of Mindful and Yogic Approaches to Practice

The Mindful and Yogic Self

The 12 Embodied Practices of the Mindful and Yogic Self

Exploring the 12 Embodied Practices of the Yogic and Mindful Self



4 Mindfulness: The Basic Principles

An Antidote


The Three Pillars of Buddhist Practice

The Dharma Seals: Impermanence, Nonattachment, and Not-Self

Allowing What Is

The Four Noble Truths

The Eight-Fold Path


5 On the Cushion: Formal Mindfulness Practices

Finding the Right Tools

Mindful Practice

Formal Meditation Practices


6 Off the Cushion: Informal Mindfulness Practices

Informal Mindfulness Practices

Thoughts and Attitudes That Cultivate and Support Mindful Awareness

Informal Practices



7 Yoga: The Basic Principles

Yoga Is for Everyone

The Study and History of Yoga as an Intervention

The Eight Limbs of Yoga

Traditional Types of Yoga

The Four Immeasurables


8 On the Mat: Formal Yoga Practices

As Goes Your Breath …

Yoga as Embodied Learning

Aspects of Practice and the Path to Embodied Self-Regulation


9 Creating a Regulating Practice: Yoga Teachers, Styles, Risks, and Tools

From Idea to Practice

Choosing a Yoga Teacher and Yoga Style

Dosage: How Much, How Often, and How Long to Practice

Contraindications in Yoga Practice

Establishing a Home Practice


10 Off the Mat: Informal Yoga Practices

The Building Blocks of Off-the-Mat Practice

Building Well-Being From the Body Up: Physiological Foundational Practices

Yamas and Niyamas

Four Immeasurables

Karma: Planting Seeds



11 Comprehensive Treatment Protocols and Empirical Support

The Research Perspective

A Third Wave or New Paradigm?



Cautions and Contraindications

Conclusions and Future Directions

12 Mindful Self-Care

Mindful Self-Care and Self-Regulation

Mindful Self-Care: How to Use This Chapter



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