A Healing Practice to Calm Your Body, Clear Your Mind, and Open Your Heart
By Jillian Pransky with Jessica Wolf
On Sale: 10/10/2017
Category: Mind + Spirit
Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-7/16
About Deep Listening
World-renowned restorative yoga teacher Jillian Pransky came to the practice of yoga to heal herself. But before that, she avoided her feelings by burying them under a relentless “work hard, play hard” schedule. It wasn’t until a devastating personal loss took her through the dark halls of anxiety and into her own health crisis that she was forced to stop racing around. Since then, Pransky has been devoted to studying and teaching mindfulness practices, deep relaxation, and compassionate listening.
In Deep Listening, Pransky presents her signature Calm Body, Clear Mind, Open Heart program—a 10-step journey of self-exploration that she’s taught around the world. It centers on the science of Deep Listening, which allows us to pause and truly hear—often for the first time—what both our bodies and our minds are telling us. It kickstarts our relaxation response, calming muscular tension and setting the whole body up for deep healing, growth, and repair. It’s a new frontier in integrative wellness—the new mindfulness.
With her self-guided home retreat, Pransky won’t ask you to “be your best self,” or “do more!” She’ll ask you to “be here” and “do less.” She’ll ask you to pause and tune into yourself and will guide you, step-by-step, into a state of relaxation and openness. Her technique, which integrates tools like breath work, guided meditation, movement, and journaling, in addition to specialized yoga sequences, will help you see yourself as you really are. Once you immerse yourself in the practice of Deep Listening, the inner workings of your mind and body will become crystal clear.
Praise for Deep Listening
“Accessible, profound, and clear, the wisdom of Deep Listening grants us a chance to greet our habitual stress with new eyes of kindness and compassion. Through concise, consistent, and cumulative practices, Jillian provides us with the context to live more openheartedly and transform our ways of seeing and being.”
—Elena Brower, author of Art of Attention and Practice You
“Jillian has a way of being with you through the pages of this book so that you immediately trust her as if she were a tried and true friend. She wants you to reap the benefits of an art form that she is passionate about. Her detail to setting up yoga poses creates a depth of relaxation that few have touched, and her honesty will open up your own heart. Her intention is to get us to listen deeply, which is exactly what the world needs now. She is successful in that goal.”
—Colleen Saidman Yee, author of Yoga for Life
“Deep Listening by Jillian Pransky is the fruit of her own deep inner listening and is her gift to those who have ears to hear. Literally, each page is filled with practical, sage advice gleaned from many years of practice, many years of deep listening, and the wisdom accrued from a life well-lived.”
—Erich Schiffmann, author of Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness
“Deep Listening blends essential aspects of the vast wisdom traditions of yoga and Buddhism that will benefit yoga enthusiasts and meditators alike. Step by step, Jillian offers a powerful and wonderfully crafted program that brings us deeply into our own sense of wholeness and helps us inhabit an integrated and heart-centered practice.”
—Ethan Nichtern, author of Dharma of the Princess Bride and The Road Home
“Deep Listening inspires mindfulness even when it’s hard to sit still. It teaches how to be alone without zoning out and without seeking to escape. With the same loving, down-to-earth wisdom she brings to her classes, Jillian Pransky helps you access a sense of well-being. This book is a delight to work with, essential reading and practice for everyone who needs to slow down and relax—that is, for pretty much everyone in our hectic world.”
—Emily Barton, author of The Book of Esther and Brookland
“With Deep Listening, Jillian Pransky invites us to join her in letting go of tightly held beliefs, identities, and muscles so that we might discover how it feels to be comfortable in our own skin, grounded, and content with ourselves.”
—Kaitlin Quistgaard, editor at large for Mindful and former editor-in-chief of Yoga Journal
About the Authors
Jillian Pransky has taught mindfulness, yoga, and meditation for over 20 years. She serves as the Director of the Restorative Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training for YogaWorks, and a guest teacher at many renowned holistic learning centers including Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and the Omega Institute, Mohonk Mountain House, and Blue Spirit Retreat Center. Pransky lives in New Jersey with her husband, son, and their beloved Muppet-like dog, Sunday.
Jessica Wolf is a writer and editor of creative non-fiction. She writes humor and essays on health, wellness, and parenting. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Huffington Post, and various blogs and literary magazines. She is also the editor of the cooking memoir Sweet Survival: Tales of Cooking and Coping by Laura Zinn Fromm.