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Yoga Psychology

A Handbook of Yogic Psychotherapy

Yoga psychology is both a positive and a normative science. It not only analyses human personality and its growth, but sets normative ideals and prescribes techniques to achieve such objectives, as well. Thus, expansion of consciousness and making oneself the master of his/her mind are the bro....read below

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Yoga psychology is both a positive and a normative science. It not only analyses human personality and its growth, but sets normative ideals and prescribes techniques to achieve such objectives, as well. Thus, expansion of consciousness and making oneself the master of his/her mind are the broad objectives of yoga psychology. The topological aspect of mind as described by Freud in terms of conscious, subconscious and unconscious levels was well detailed in the yogic literature, thousands of years ago. The sound practice of yoga enables one to have a disease-free body and keen intellect.
The book, thus, details the impact of various yoga practices on psychology and specifies that consciousness has a wider conation in yoga. Yoga presents vivid and sound meditation procedures for the attainment of psychic consciousness through the awakening of kundalini. Homeostasis or balance is the central principle in yoga psychology, and it holds that any sort of imbalance in the system — physical, psychological or pranic — creates disorders and the solution lies in rebalancing it. Here comes the role of yogic psychotherapies such as prarthana, mantra sadhana, spiritual couselling, pranayama, yajna, sankirtana, svadhyaya and vrata anushthana.
This volume enunciates that yoga psychology is an applied science, and thus has remedies for many individual and social problems. It deals at large with the application and benefits of yogic practices in developing one’s personality traits and leveraging them further to keep him/her happy and experience a blissful life.

  • Foreword By : Ganesh Shankar Giri
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124607114
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124607117
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2013
  • Pages : x, 214p.
  • Bibliographic Details : Maps, b/w photographs, Appendices; Glossary; Bibliography; Indices
  • Size : 23 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 650 gm

Foreword — Ganesh Shankar Giri    
Prologue – J.P.N. Mishra    
Introduction    
Chapter 1: Introduction to Yoga    

Yoga: Its Meaning and Definitions    
Traditions of Yoga    
Jnana-Yoga    
Bhakti-Yoga    
Karma-Yoga    
Raja-Yoga    
Introduction to Patanjala Yoga    
Ashtanga-Yoga    
Introduction to Hatha-Yoga

Chapter 2: Introduction to Psychology  

Psychology: Meaning and Definitions    
Sensation, Perception and Extra Sensory Perception    
Thinking: Basic Elements of Thought Proposition    
Learning: Meaning and Applications    
Memory: Meaning, Defnition, Types and Processes    
Emotion: Meaning, Nature, Types and Emotional Intelligence
Personality: Meaning, Definition and Dimensions 

Chapter 3: Yogic Concept and Psychology  

Concept of Yogic Psychology    
Seven Psychic Centres in Human Body    
Five Sheaths of Human Body    
Concept of Citta and Its Modifications    
Citta-Vritti-Nirodha Through Yoga    
Yogic Psychology and Concept of Bhagavad-Gita    
Personality Types According to Yoga    
Personality Transformation Through Yoga  

Chapter 4: Yogic Psychotherapy and Techniques    

Meaning and Definition of Psychotherapy    
Nature and Basics of Yogic Psychotherapy    
Prayer: As Faith Healing    
Mantra Sadhana: Behavioural Technique to Control Mind
Spiritual Counselling: A Cognitive Therapy    
Yajna Therapy    
Meditation: Mind Controlling Technique    
Pranayama: A Behavioural Technique to Control the Self
Nada Yoga: Music Therapy    
Trataka: Concentration Technique    
Bandha and Mudras: Prana Controlling Technique
Sankirtana: Catharsis Technique to Release Emotions
Svadhyaya: A Cognitive Therapy    
Satsanga: A Cognitive Therapy    
Worship: A Faith and Emotion Therapy    
Prana Cikitsa or Pranic Healing    
Vrata, Anushthana and Upavasa for Behavioural Control
Prayashcitta Sadhanas: Penance    

Bibliography    
Index  

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