Embodiment in Depth Psychology and Yoga PhilosophywithLeanne Whitney

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leanne whitney consciousness in jung and patanjali

Leanne Whitney, PhD, is author of Consciousness in Jung and Patanjali. She is a transformational coach and also teaches yoga philosophy to yoga teachers. Her website is https://leannewhitney.com/.

Here she points out that the word used in the Yoga Sutras as the goal of yoga is kaivalya. While it is sometimes translated as enlightenment, it means resting in the self. She interprets this to mean a unity of body and mind. In Jungian depth psychology, body awareness is often pursued through the integration and understanding of dream imagery. Other forms of psychology, following the somatic therapies initiated by WIlhelm Reich, tend to work with the body more directly with techniques akin to massage. Yoga is also considered within the framework of somatic therapies.

New Thinking Allowed host, Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series. He is a past vice-president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology; and is the recipient of the Pathfinder Award from that Association for his contributions to the field of human consciousness exploration.

(Recorded on November 22, 2019)

Published on November 30, 2019


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