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Understanding Yoga Psychology
Indigenous Psychology with Global Relevance

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ISBN 9781032441467
May 19, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge India
160 Pages

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Book Description

This book is an introduction to Patañjali’s Yoga as a system of theory and practice of psychology. It explains and interprets the concepts and procedures in the language and idiom of the currently prevailing Euro-American approaches to psychology. The book describes the context of inquiry focusing on the currently popular image of Yoga as a form of calisthenics and a system of concepts and practices of psychology. It provides a worldview of Yoga originated in ancient Vedas and Upanishads and explains the Vedic ‘myth’ of the genesis of the world showing how it differs from the Christian and Dravidian views. The book explains the concepts of the Samkhya system used by Patanjali as their basic framework. Interpreted in the light of modern psychology, it highlights the significance of the Yogic thesis about excess of suffering over happiness in life. The book also explains two important aspects of Yoga i.e., afflictions (kleśas) and Kriyā Yoga and provides a detailed account of the transformation of consciousness. This book will be of interest to students, teachers, researchers and practitioners of psychology, psychiatry, and Yoga Psychology. It will also be of great interest to psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, mental health professionals, clinical psychologists, and yoga enthusiasts.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Context of Inquiry 2. The Worldview and Basic Concepts of Yoga in The Veda and Upaniṣads 3. Sāṁkhya System: The Conceptual Framework of Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtras. 4. Patañjali’s Eight-Fold Path (Aṣṭāṅga Yoga): General Outline and Basic Concepts Beyond the Veda and Saṁkhya 5. The Concept of Afflictions (Kleśas) and Kriyā Yoga to Deal with them 6. The Transformation of Consciousness (I): An Account from Inside the Texts 7. The Transformation of Consciousness (II): Looking from Outside In 8. Yoga And Self-Realization 9. Back to the Context: Where Does Yoga Psychology Stand in Psychology and In The Prevailing Culture Today?

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Anand Paranjpe is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Humanities, Simon Fraser University, Canada