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Yoga and Psychotherapy: The Evolution of Consciousness Hardcover – 1 Dec 1977

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  • Hardcover: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Himalayan Institute Press (Dec. 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0893890006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0893890001
  • Package Dimensions: 22.9 x 14.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,474,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Rama is the founder and spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute.

Swami Rama sounded branches of the Himalayan Institute in the U.S. and abroad, as well as a modern hospital in an impoverished region of India. He is the author of 30 books.

Ballentine is director of the Center for Holistic Medicine, which he founded 20 years ago. He studied psychology at the University of Paris (Sorbonne) and received his M.D. from Duke University. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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This book is exactly what I was searching for.... It is a very good book on yoga psychology, written in a simple language. Thanks!!!
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This book really helped me to understand how my mind works
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have been recommended this book by a v experienced yoga teacher, this should make for interesting read - re practice of yoga and mind/body connection
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book before you die! 19 April 2010
By The Emperor of Antarctica - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read many books concerning eastern and western philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, and religion. 'Yoga and Psychotherapy' ranks among the best. This book describes the human psyche from the perspective of Indian thinkers and Western thinkers. An especially fascinating section of the book is a detailed description of the chakra system. Also, there is a discussion of how Western psychiatrists, and their psychiatric systems, typically correspond to one specific chakra level. This book deeply touched my heart, mind, and soul. I have also purchased other Swami Rama and Swami Ajaya books. The ones that I have read so far, including 'Living With the Himalayan Masters', are excellent. Definitely, obtain and read this book. It is consciousness raising.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary synthesis of Eastern and Western thinking 26 July 2008
By Daniel R. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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It's easy to get overwhelmed in the study of the structure of consciousness. We can start with the symbolic and highly poetic images from the Bhagavad Gita and Rumi. We can plunge into the esoteric, nearly impenetrable treatises on the arcane aspects of yoga and meditation with all the chakras and sheaths and such. We can lose ourselves in the wealth of western psychological advice about self-actualization, avoiding neurotic behavior, and disciplining our self-talk. We can vicariously sit in on those immensely profound conversations with Krishnamurti, trying to learn from his cool, intellectual analysis of the real and the unreal.

But the question remains. How can these wildly divergent sources of help be woven together into a comprehensible whole?

One way is to get two swamis and a western-trained medical doctor together to create a blended presentation of all these traditions. That is exactly what this book provides.

The authors describe how they worked through their own confusion, often staying up all night in the process. The result is "a comprehensive theory of personal evolution which incorporates the best of both systems [east and west]."

I thank them for overcoming their confusion because the book helps me overcome mine. This book is dense and challenging, but it rewards the hard work of anyone who studies it diligently. I recommend it highly.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking 9 Sept. 2013
By Byron Potter - Published on Amazon.com
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I was recommended this book, and thought maybe there is something to this ancient eastern philosophy.
Comparisons of the western to eastern psychotherapy are interesting to say the least. The book opens the question of how does one find a balance and drown the noises form outside? It unbinds the mind to those views we have somehow made our own.
I found it a worth while read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 19 April 2017
By ARTURO GALEANO - Published on Amazon.com
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Happy I got it!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 26 Jun. 2017
By Dee - Published on Amazon.com
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Really a great read and perfect to my Yoga Book Collection. Thank you !!
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