Year : 2015 | Volume
: 8 | Issue : 1 | Page : 84-
Yoga Psychology: A Handbook of Yogic Psychotherapy
Sasidharan K Rajesh
Department of Psychology, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, Yoga Univeristy, #19 Eknath Bhavan, No. 19, Gavipuram Circle, K. G. Nagar, Bengaluru - 560 019, Karnataka, India
Sasidharan K Rajesh
Department of Psychology, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, Yoga Univeristy, #19 Eknath Bhavan, No. 19, Gavipuram Circle, K. G. Nagar, Bengaluru - 560 019, Karnataka
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Author: Kamakhya Kumar
Publisher: D. K. Print World Ltd, Delhi
This book is written by a scholar of yoga Dr. Kamakhya Kumar, who studied the original scripture of yoga and has clinical experience in treating patients suffering from various psychosomatic disorders. The book contains four chapters. The book starts with etymological understanding, definitions and schools of yoga. Etymologically, yoga has three meanings: Yugirayoge (union), yujasamadhau (dhyana), and yujasamyamane (to control the senses). Further the book explores the classical origins of yoga to Tantric and Vedic tradition. Modern schools of yoga are explained in detail in the end of first chapter.
The second chapter is an introduction to modern psychology. This chapter describes the process of sensation, perception, and extra sensory perception according to modern perspective. Further, it explores the basic understanding of psychological constructs related to thinking, memory, emotion, and personality and their applications.
The third chapter enriches our understanding of the human mind through the perspective of Yoga. Further, it emphasizes the yogic concepts, principle, and techniques which are of psychological relevance. The need for applying yogic principle to the emerging area of positive psychology has been explored. Cognitive modification of mind and the basic cause for distress and root of ill health has been the explained. The understanding of subtle psychic centers (cakras) and five sheaths (panchakosa) and their applications has been explored. Further a detailed description of the concept of Citta, its modification and methods to attain the homeostatic mental equilibrium through yoga have been discussed.
The last chapter has explained the nature and basic of psychotherapy based on yogic principles. Further various techniques of yogic psychotherapy such as prayer, mantrasadhana, spiritual counseling, yagnatherapy, meditation techniques, breathing practices, music therapy, yogic kriyas, sankirtana, worship, and satsang has been explained in details.
Model of yogic psychotherapy and inclusion of recent scientific evidences to different techniques of yogic psychotherapy could make the book an endorsement for readers with a scientific temperament. In conclusion, this is a worthy book by Dr. Kamakhya Kumar, which is unique in yoga literature because of its amalgamation of techniques scattered in many diverse areas. I hope it will be a useful documented treatise for students, scholars, spiritual counselor, and practitioners.