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Celebrated trainer and trauma practitioner Laura Khoudari brings a fresh approach to healing from trauma in her debut, Lifting Heavy Things. Compassionate, witty, and fastidiously researched, this breakthrough title will empower and inspire you to develop resilience and build emotional and physical strength through working out with weights, while mindful of the ways that trauma can compromise the well-being of the mind and body.
Khoudari blends practical training advice and neuroscience insights with a candid and endearing account of her own personal journey, from angry and alienated teen smoker and gym class truant, to young woman with crippling back pain, to 40-something athlete and fitness professional who has reclaimed her power and dedicated her life to helping others do the same.
Part personal narrative, part practical practices, and steeped in research, this book is a must-have for anyone looking for an original approach to moving through stages of healing to thriving. Khoudari tenderly takes her reader through the stages of healing from trauma from the ground up, offering practical applications of how to use training to heal and lift heavy things both physically and figuratively. She explores:
- Managing chronic pain
- Creating the conditions for training and healing
- Understanding how trauma shows up in daily life
- Using embodied movement practices (beyond yoga) as a tool to comfortably re-inhabit the body
- Navigating interpersonal relationships during and after the healing process
- Why you don’t have to tell your trauma story (to everyone)
- Thriving with and moving beyond trauma
With humor, tenderness and grit, Lifting Heavy Things takes readers on a journey of personal revelation and integration, helping them to lighten their emotional burden and build deep inner strength to lift all of the heavy things that life may bring with greater ease.
About this author:
Laura Khoudari is passionate about giving people the tools they need to heal from trauma and cultivate mental health and wellness. Her approach to strength training restores nervous system health, fosters a sense of safety in the body, and gives people the tools they need to process trauma so they may move beyond surviving and begin thriving. keep reading »