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Yoga and Psychotherapy

The Evolution of Consciousness

by Swami Rama, Rudolph Ballentine, MD & Swami Ajaya, MD


Often used as a college text, Yoga and Psychotherapy provides an in-depth analysis of Western and Eastern models of the mind and their differing perspectives on such functions as ego, instinct, and consciousness.

Product Details

Publisher: Himalayan Institute
Copyright: 1986 Current printing 2010
ISBN: 978-0-893890360
Pages/Length: 278 pages
Paperback/hardcover: Paperback
Dimensions: 9 x 6 x inches

Yoga / Psychology

About the Authors:

Swami Rama

One of the greatest masters from the Himalayas, Swami Rama is the founder of the Himalayan Institute. Born in India, he studied in both India and Europe and received his spiritual training in the Himalayan cave monasteries and in Tibet. This, his best known work, reveals the many facets of this singular adept and demonstrates his embodiment of the living tradition of the East.

Rudolph Ballentine, MD

Rudolph Ballentine, MD is a graduate of the Duke University School of Medicine, with specialty training in psychiatry. He establised the Center for Holistic Medicine in six cities, As its director for 25 years, he offered an integrative approach to treatment, using psychotherapy, homeopathy, Ayurveda, yoga, movement, and meditation. He also served as the president of the Himalayan Institute for 12 years and the director of its Combined Therapy Department for 18 years. Author of a number of books, including the classic Diet and Nutrition, he is now retired and lives in the Carolinas, where he practices and teaches permaculture and tantra.

Swami Ajaya, MD

Dr. Ajaya has the unique distinction of being both a licensed clinical psychologist and Swami. Allan Ajaya or Swami Ajaya, as he is also known, received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley and was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Department of Psychiatry. In 1973 he was initiated as a Swami in the Himalayan tradition by Swami Rama. This initiation took place in Rishikesh, on the banks of the Ganges, on Shivaratri, a sacred holy day. As Swami Ajaya, he spent years in India studying and teaching yoga and meditation. He has authored and edited several landmark texts that integrate Eastern and Western approaches to healing the whole person.

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For thousands of years, yoga has offered what Western therapist are seeking: a way to achieve the total health of body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Yoga & Psychotherapy provides a unique comparison of modern therapy and traditional methods. Drawing upon a rich diversity of experience, the authors give us detailed examples of how the ancient findings of yoga can be used to supplement or replace some of the less complete Western theories and techniques. Yoga and Psychotherapy is accessible to the layperson, yet detailed enough to be of value to the professional.


"A very fortunate marriage of yoga, medicine and psychology." --Stanislav Grof, M.D.

"The presentation is clear, free of spiritual and psychological jargon and obviously informed by extensive clinical practice." --Brain Mind Bulletin

"This superb work is probably the best book presently available on what might be called Yoga Clinical Psychology ... marvelously clear and concise ... The book is outstanding (and non-doctrinaire), from its fine introduction to its solid bibliography. In summary, this is a must read." --Journal of Transpersonal Psychology

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