While working to find empirical evidence of the psyche’s religious function, Jung studied a variety of subjects, including orthodox and nonorthodox Hindu philosophy. In the Indian traditions Jung found comparable evidence to what he termed individuation, the central process of human development and the spiritual development of the personality. Consequently, he found Eastern philosophy and psychology, including Patañjali’s Classical Yoga, to be of tremendous value to his psychological research.
In his 1936 paper Yoga and the West, Jung wrote “When the doing of the individual is at the same time a cosmic happening, the elation of the body (innervation) becomes one with the elation of the spirit (the universal idea), and from this there arises a living whole which no technique, however scientific, can hope to produce. Yoga practice is unthinkable, and would also be ineffectual, without the ideas on which it is based. It works the physical and the spiritual into one another in an extraordinarily complete way.”
As EuroAmerican culture continues to work on unifying the mind, body and spirit into an integrative and holistic model, the Jung Yoga dialogue remains highly informative. This workshop examines areas of difference and similarity between Jung and Yoga and explores the contemporary relevance of Classical Yoga psychology to Jungian theory and practice.
Dr. Leanne Whitney is an independent scholar and Transformational Coach who holds a a Doctoral Degree in depth psychology and specializes in the intersection of Western psychology and Yoga. She is the author of Consciousness in Jung and Patañjali (2018) and has published in the International Journal of Jungian Studies and Psychological Perspectives: A Quarterly Journal of Jungian Thought. In addition to writing and client work, she instructs the Yoga psychology modules for several accredited Yoga Teacher Trainings. For more information, please visit her website at leannewhitney.com
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