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Peace from Anxiety: Get Grounded, Build Resilience, and Stay Connected Amidst the Chaos

Congratulations to Hala Khouri, 2004 counseling psychology alum and current CLE PhD student, on the publication of her first book!

“With a deep commitment to compassion and an avoidance of magical thinking,
Hala Khouri promotes a culture of care by encouraging a global heart,
critical consciousness, and active hope. The book offers a profound prescription
for living with more reflection, peace, and connection in a world under threat.”

—Helene Shulman Lorenz, PhD,
Pacifica Graduate Institute, author of Toward Psychologies of Liberation

“Hala Khouri, the cofounder of Off the Mat Into the World, has generously gathered
her considerable wisdom in this book, indissolubly linking self-care with collective care.
As we uncover how our personal anxieties and fears intermingle with those
for our global neighbors and the natural world, Khouri tutors us on how to calm
the nervous system and cultivate our relationship with suffering
so that we can see and act with greater clarity.”

—Mary Watkins, PhD,
author of Mutual Accompaniment and the Creation of the Commons

Peace from Anxiety offers a holistic approach to easing anxiety without hiding from the world’s challenges. Therapist and yoga teacher Hala Khouri takes us on a journey to investigate our personal habits, understand our lives, and transform what doesn’t serve us. Even though the roots of our anxiety, stress, and pain may feel complicated, healing doesn’t have to be.

Khouri takes the reader on a journey from individual wellbeing to collective care. She explores how our brain and nervous system experience stress and discusses how we can begin to get in touch with our body to better understand its signals and how to handle them. She delves deeply into the primary causes of anxiety and offers practical tools for releasing stress and being present with discomfort. Peace from Anxiety discusses topics including trauma, relationships, liberation, technology, and working not only for individual healing but also collective healing in our world. Filled with relatable stories and examples, each chapter offers a range of practices and tools to help us find more peace and work for good in our own lives and the lives of others.

About the Author

Hala Khouri, MA, SEP, E-RYT, has been teaching yoga and movement for over 25 years and has been doing clinical work and trainings for 15 years. Originally from Beirut, Lebanon, she has dedicated her life to the study of trauma and building resilience on a personal, interpersonal, and systemic level. Hala is trained in Somatic Experiencing, a body-based psychotherapy that helps resolve trauma and its symptoms.

Hala is a co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World, a training organization that bridges yoga and activism within a social justice framework. Hala also works with A Thousand Joys, training direct service providers and educators to be trauma informed and culturally responsive. She is a sought-after speaker and trainer on the subject of trauma, yoga, and social justice. She lives in Venice, CA with her husband and two sons and teaches yoga classes weekly.

To learn more about Hala Khouri, visit
Facebook + Instagram: @halayoga
Twitter: @HalaYoga
YouTube: Hala Khouri

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