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The Aim of Yoga Psychotherapy

The Aims And Skills Of Yoga Psychotherapy

The three main aims of Yoga Psychotherapy are self-awareness, spontaneity, and intimacy. People come to Yoga Psychotherapy to deal with various issues, from seeking relief from anxiety, pain, and illness, to finding authentic spiritual meaning.  

The yoga path

The aim of yoga (the word means union or connection) is to unite individual consciousness with cosmic consciousness, to feel part of something greater.

The path to union with the greater self is a journey from limited ego-based consciousness, a partial self, towards wholeness, a bigger sense of self. The growth in consciousness that occurs as part of this journey enables us to know who we are and why we are on the planet.

The metaphor of “the university of life” is apt for the yoga journey. We are here to learn and to grow towards wholeness. That is why we are here on the planet. The answer to “Why do I need to go through all of this hardship to get to wholeness?” is another issue altogether. We eventually get to answer this question as our consciousness develops. However, we are here now and need to get on with things while we have the chance and the opportunity.

The journey to wholeness

As part of the journey to wholeness, we need to form a loving relationship with ourselves and heal old wounds. Many of these wounds have been inherited while others have been self-inflicted through ignorance. Of course, many of us have had a variety of positive and negative experiences as part of our learning curve, however, it is the negative that often holds us back from growing into wholeness. We have accumulated traumas and emotional hits over time and any old residue that is having ongoing impact needs to be addressed.

Once we start on the path to wholeness we initially need to heal the old wounds, pay back the debts and then accumulate more and more positive karma. And of course, the meditation and other techniques you learn on the path equip you to handle old wounds and trauma in ways that you may have been previously unaware of. For many people, lack of knowledge and support to progress on the journey creates anxiety and an inability to progress. Gaining knowledge through study and individual counselling or psychotherapy empowers us and grants confidence.

The three main aims of Yoga Psychotherapy

Yoga-based psychotherapy is founded on yoga psychology, the yogic science of body-mind and consciousness. Yoga Psychotherapy is the application of yoga psychology to healing, strengthening and awakening ourselves. Yoga psychotherapy has three aims:

  1. The primary aim of psychotherapy is the cultivation of self-awareness, which is the first step to self-realization and self-mastery.
  2. Self-awareness enables spontaneity, which occurs when we free ourselves from conditioning and reunite with our authentic self. This enables us to respond to each moment from an intuitive and wise part of us.
  3. The third aim is intimacy, the ability to connect with people and all forms of life with an open compassionate heart. This requires self-awareness and spontaneity.

Why do people come to Yoga Psychotherapy?

People come to yoga psychotherapy when they feel that they or their life is out of balance. They want to back to a healthy, balanced, clear state of mind, to reduce overwhelm and confusion, and to gain meaning and purpose through connection to their deeper self. To summarize people come:

  1. Seeking advice for worry, anxiety, excessive thinking and overactive minds.
  2. To deal with more difficult issues, such as early childhood issues, abuse, trauma, etc.
  3. To improve their relationships
  4. Wanting to explore the deeper reaches of the psyche and the unconscious
  5. For an authentic spiritual search. These are usually dedicated students and practitioners who need guidance on how to integrate their old wounds into their spiritual search.

As a result of seeking advice for worry, anxiety or deeper trauma, a few people will desire to progress to a deeper exploration of themselves and a search for spiritual connection.

Whatever your need, Yoga Psychotherapy provides a systematic and progressive approach to experiential learning. You will embody the knowledge as you progress and be able to know what is appropriate for you.

The topics within the Yoga Psychology and Yoga Psychotherapy Online Seminars include:

  • – Yoga psychotherapy as a holistic science
  • – The 4 main yoga philosophies that form the foundation of Yoga Psychology
  • – An outline of the structure of the mind and the forces that animate the mind
  • – The relationship between mind and consciousness
  • – The subtle body
  • – How to heal and enlighten the mind
  • – The Sanskrit terms for western concepts, such as the “inner parent, adult, child”
  • – How to support your “inner child” by developing a wise and enlightened inner adult
  • – Improve your relationship with self and others
  • – How to transform suffering and adversity to actualize a conscious relationship with the vast cosmic forces that lie beyond socially conditioned awareness
  • – Gain information about your individual karma so that you can begin to see your unique life purpose and destiny from a higher perspective
  • – An overview of the techniques and the path to liberate yourself from old destructive patterns and to create new creative patterns in your mind and your life.
Yoga Psychology Seminars Swami Shankardev Saraswati
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