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Yoga & Psychotherapy: The Evolution of Consciousness

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Swami Rama, Rudolph Ballentine, MD, Swami Ajaya, MD

For thousands of years, yoga has offered what Western therapists seek to provide today: a way to achieve the total health of body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Yoga & Psychotherapy is an in-depth analysis of Western and Eastern models of the mind and their differing perspectives on such functions as ego, instinct, and consciousness. This book draws upon the rich and diverse experience of Swami Rama, Rudolph Ballentine, MD, and Swami Ajaya, PhD, to show you how the ancient findings of yoga can be used to supplement or replace less complete Western theories and techniques

Yoga & Psychotherapy was written to be accessible to the layperson, yet detailed enough to be of value to the professional. This text is a perfect and succinct introduction to some of the cardinal concepts of yoga philosophy, presented in a clear and logical format. Purchase your copy of Yoga & Psychotherapy and see how the timeless holistic techniques of yoga can make an impact in your life.

About the Authors

Rudolph Ballentine, MD, is a pioneer of the holistic health movement and graduate of the Duke University School of Medicine. He is the director of the Center for Holistic Medicine, which offers integrative approaches to treatment such as psychotherapy, homeopathy, ayurveda, yoga, meditation, and applied kinesiology. He also served as the president of the Himalayan Institute for 12 years and as the director of its Combined Therapy Department for 18 years. Dr. Ballentine is the author of several books, including Radical Healing and the classic Diet and Nutrition.

Swami Rama, the founder of the Himalayan Institute, was one of the most remarkable figures of the twentieth century. His teachings, publications, and humanitarian efforts have rippled positive changes around the world, and have brought yoga into the lives of countless people. Swami Rama was born in northern India in 1925, and was raised from childhood by the Himalayan sage Bengali Baba. Swami Rama also received higher education in both India and Europe. From 1949 to 1952 he held the prestigious position of Shankaracharya in South India. He then returned to his master to receive further training at his cave monastery. In 1969 he came to the United States and established the Himalayan Institute. Learn more about Swami Rama’s teachings in the Wisdom Library.

Swami Ajaya, PhD, is a licensed psychotherapist, and a swami of the Sri Vidya tradition. After receiving his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, Swami Ajaya became a postdoctoral fellow at at the University of Wisconsin, Department of Psychiatry. In 1973 he was initiated as a swami in the Himalayan tradition by Swami Rama. As a swami, he spent years in India studying and teaching yoga and meditation. He has written and edited several landmark texts that integrate Eastern and Western approaches to holistic healing.


"A very fortunate marriage of yoga, medicine and psychology."

   – Stanislav Grof, MD

"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

Product Details

Publisher: Himalayan Institute
Copyright: 1976, Current printing 2010
ISBN: 978-0-89389-036-0
278 pages
6" x 9"

Yoga / Psychology

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