Yoga & Psyche: Integrating the Paths of Yoga and Psychology for Healing, Transformation, and Joy

Yoga & Psyche: Integrating the Paths of Yoga and Psychology for Healing, Transformation, and Joy


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Has yoga improved your health and expanded your awareness—but emotional and relationship issues continue to challenge you?

Or have you found psychotherapy helpful . . . yet you yearn for further spiritual discovery?

With Yoga & Psyche, Mariana Caplan invites you to explore these two profound domains of transformation and learn how they so effectively complement each other.

In this compelling guide—rich with original research, clinical findings, Dr. Caplan's own personal experiences, and many direct, hands-on practices—she takes you on an in-depth exploration of this emerging terrain.

Along the way, you are invited to become a participant in the evolution of this emergent field.

Using the core principles and practices of trauma healing, yoga therapy, somatics and somatic therapies, depth psychology, and neuroscience—seamlessly combined with yoga postures, breathwork, meditation, and visualization—Yoga & Psyche will help you to:

• Apply the insights of psychology in a practical way to your own yoga practice, teaching, professional work, and personal life
• Discover how to use psychological inquiry to amplify yoga—turning it into a powerfully effective "free therapy on the mat"
• Delve into the many emotional layers of asana and yoga practice for trauma healing and recovery
• Experience step-by-step exercises to transform your yoga practice and experience greater calm, clarity, and emotional well-being

Yoga & Psyche is emerging as a go-to reference guide to the joining of these two fields, now being adopted in yoga and somatic teacher training programs and university psychology classes nationwide.

If you're seeking healing, transformation, and greater moments of daily joy and fulfillment—or want to help others do so—this comprehensive guide provides the compassionate, practical, and groundbreaking guidance you need.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622036561
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/01/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,263,963
Product dimensions: 6.18(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Mariana Caplan

Mariana Caplan, PhD, MFT, E-RTY 500, is a psychotherapist, yoga teacher, and author of eight books in the fields of psychology, spirituality, and yoga. She has been teaching workshops and trainings online, in yoga studios and universities, and at major retreat centers throughout the world since 1997. She is the founder of Yoga & Psyche International, an organization created to integrate the fields of yoga and psychology globally, and lives in Fairfax, California. Learn more at and

Table of Contents

Foreword Don Hanlon Johnson, Phd ix

Introduction xiii

Part I The Birth Of A Field

1 The Marriage of Ancient Wisdom and Depth Psychology 3

2 Why Yoga Needs Psychology 19

3 Why Psychology Needs Yoga 35

4 Psychology: A New Western Spirituality 47

Part II Unwinding The Psyche Through The Body

5 Yoga, Science, and the Brain (coauthored with Gabriel Axel) 61

6 How Somatic Psychology Changes the Game 87

7 Overcoming Trauma with Somatics and Yoga 105

Part III Methods, Tools, And Practices

8 The Yoga & psyche Method Toolbox 133

9 Savasana: Integration 163

Acknowledgments 167

Notes 169

References 179

Index 193

About the Author 197

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