Elements of yoga practices have become increasingly popular with both medical and mental health professionals, as well as the subject of much empirical research. Meditation, one of yoga's most important practices, has been found effective in the treatment of a wide variety of physical and psychological problems, including coronary artery disease, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression.
In Western therapies, mind, body, and spirit are separated into three distinct areas, with specialists who deal with each facet of the human being independently. However, in the yogic model, medical, psychological, and spiritual needs are dealt with synergistically. A fundamental tenet of yoga therapy is that there is body, mind, and spirit integration.
Publisher: Himalayan Institute
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About the Author
Swami Ajaya, MD has the unique distinction of being both a licensed clinical psychologist and a Swami. Dr. Allan Hymes 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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Healing the Whole Person is a supportive tool for the professional psychotherapist, as well as a practical, easy-to-use tool for anyone interested in their spiritual and mental well-being.