Presenter: Doug Baker, LICSW
Hugely trendy as a workout, Yoga is less well-known as a contemplative tradition rooted in the quest for freedom from psychological suffering. This presentation will briefly explore the history of yoga as a contemplative tradition, putting today's posture-based practice in perspective. This experiential and didactic presentation then dives into Kripalu yoga as psychology from the perspective of inner conflict, and as compliment to Buddhist psychology. Participants will explore experiential learning with simple, non-athletic yogic breath and body practices. As time allows, we will touch on how yoga interventions can be applied in psychotherapy.
At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
1. To learn the historical context of Yoga as contemplative tradition
2. To learn the foundations of Yogic Psychology
3. To learn experiential practices for somatic applications of Yogic Psychology
Douglas Baker, LICSW, is a former clinician of the Psychiatric Emergency Service at Cambridge Hospital, and founder of Cambridge Mind Body, a holistic counseling practice in Cambridge. A Kripalu Yoga teacher, he and leads workshops on the self-liberation potential of yoga and meditation and its application in psychotherapy. He is currently writing a small, portable book on walking meditation.
Register here for "Rational Mind, Animal Body: The Psychology of Conflict in Kripalu Yoga."
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