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Freud and Yoga: Two Philosophies of Mind Compared

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Lessons from a great yoga master and an eminent psychoanalyst that explore what psychotherapy and yoga philosophy have in common

Yoga philosophy and Freud's revolutionary approach to psychology could not have been developed in more different times, places, or cultural conditions. And yet these two profound and dynamic systems of understanding human behavior, emotions, perce
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 2nd 2014 by North Point Press (first published July 15th 2014)
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Angela
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
By far the best book I've read all year.

I am amazed by how much Desikachar discloses here. Some of the criteria he shares for evaluation of teachers, students and the close description of relationships within yoga practice.... well, this is the kind of thing have long I thought of as secret knowledge. It's the sort of understanding that of I've only pieced together in relationship with my own teacher over the past 15 years. Desikachar has always been open, generous, and somewhat opposed to hiera
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Pradnya
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Worth reading. Brings out the similarities between modern psychoanalytic methods and the concepts and practices in Patanjali's Yoga Sutra. Wish they had covered all the 196 Sutras instead of a few from each chapter. ...more
Sandy
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Simple and lovely. Not too much depth into Freudian psychology which was nice.
Gwen
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The framework for Freud and Yoga is a dialogue between two experts that the reader gets to sit in on like a fly on the wall. It is an interesting read for even casual yoga practitioners and helped me understand why after a good class with an excellent teacher it feels like I just finished a therapy session as well. Yoga is so much more than the physical postures and therapy is more than answering “and how does that make you feel?”. These two methods of self-exploration share many commonalities a ...more
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