The Psychology of Yoga
“Psychoanalysis itself and the lines of thought to which it gives rise,” said C. G. Jung, “are only a beginner’s attempt compared to what is an immemorial art in the East”—by which he was referring to the millennia-old study of the mind found in Yoga. That tradition was hardly known in the West when the discipline of psychology arose in the nineteenth century, but with the passing of time the common ground between Yoga and psychology has become ever more apparent. Georg Feuerstein here uses a modern psychological perspective to explore the ways Hindu, Buddhist, and Jaina yogas have traditionally regarded the mind and how it works—and shows how that understanding can enhance modern psychology in both theory and practice.
"As with all of his previous contributions to the literature of Yoga, Dr. Feuerstein’s Psychology of Yoga stands apart as a masterwork, exhaustively researched and intelligently written, a treasure of insight for the serious student into this most complex subject." —Richard Rosen, author of Original Yoga and The Practice of Pranayama
"A feast of wisdom and lore assembled from a perspective possible only for one whose monumental scholarship has been tempered and leavened by practice. The Psychology of Yoga will be an invaluable and enduring resource for students of Yoga, Buddhism, and psychology." —Chip Hartranft, author of The Yoga-Sūtra of Patañjali: A New Translation with Commentary