This book is a collection of inspirational stories of how I overcame anxiety and helped others do the same.
Along with stories, each chapter shows an obstacle to learning and living in the present, and the tool to overcome it. Some tools include how to rewire your thought and emotional patterns, reclaim a more resonant voice, use improvisation, communicate powerfully, and be present to the moment where real opportunities lie.
This book began as an exploration. I wrote for years unlocking memories, stories buried under fears and doubts. Now I enjoy helping others unearth their own creativity and express their ideas more in their daily life. I began work on this book after I won a sabbatical for my use of dramatic techniques in the classroom.
“The stories of real people and how you handled different situations had not only common sense, but great heart…An excellent book for people who are educators working with students at all levels.” — Dr. Carla Hannaford, author of Smart Moves: Why Learning Is not all in your Head
This book should be required reading in Education Programs for teachers. Therese is an inspiration.— Education Student, Florida
“[This book] is more than a pedagogical aid; it’s filled with anecdotes and techniques that are valuable for anyone who wants to reignite their creativity, heal old traumas, and find their own voice. Why Zarmina Sings: 18 Steps to Live and Learn Beyond Anxiety is well-written, highly accessible, and a joy to read. The author is a gifted communicator who can instill enthusiasm both in the classroom and via her writing. Why Zarmina Sings is most highly recommended.” — Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Review
“While I am not currently involved in the teaching profession, I was fascinated by Therese Ayla Kravetz’ non-fiction educational work, Why Zarmina Sings: 18 Steps to Live and Learn Beyond Anxiety. I do have some background in ESL and appreciated her awareness of the cultural differences ESL students bring to the educational table and thought her solutions were creative and inspirational. I was especially intrigued by her use of Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, and other playwrights’ works in the classroom and enjoyed reading about how her students were able to transform themselves through acting.” – Jack Magnus
“As someone who holds an MA in Education, it’s nice to see a book about education that can be accessed by anyone of any academic level. Therese Ayla Kravetz has created a highly readable collection with a personal touch to its narrative, explaining the chemical reactions of the brain in effective terms and without overdoing the amount of information. Her central concept of “re-wiring” the brain by changing techniques of voice, breath, movement, and central concentration forces students to think about themselves in a new way, dispelling anxiety and encouraging them to refocus that anxious energy into something new and productive. Why Zarmina Sings: 18 Steps to Live and Learn Beyond Anxiety is an excellent guide for both educators looking to instill confidence, and those who want to improve their own issues of anxiety and self-doubt.” – K.C. Finn, Writer and Creative Writing Teacher
“Why Zarmina Sings: 18 Steps to Live and Learn Beyond Anxiety by Therese Ayla Kravetz is a helpful resource that can give anxious people, especially students, the tools needed to combat fear, negative thoughts, ‘what if’ scenarios, and worry. It will help them to overcome stage fright and eliminate the fear of oral presentations, while injecting them with more confidence, courage, and inner peace.” – Readers Favorite 5-Star Review