Yoga psychology is based on the philosophy and principles of Raja Yoga. Raja Yoga is also known as the Yoga of Consciousness. It is a 5,000 year old tradition which teaches one how to attain inner freedom, harmony and balance.
This inner freedom, harmony and balance can be attained by a daily practice of body conditioning, self study and attentiveness to life style.
What Is Body Conditioning:
Body conditioning may include some or all of the following elements:
- Diet (Eating foods that are optimal for your body type)
- Body Postures (Asana)
- Breath Control (Pranayama)
- Sense Withdrawal / Deep Relaxation (Pratyhara)
All aspects of body conditioning are designed to promote balance within and between the central nervous system and all other bodily systems (i.e. the neuroimmune system, the neuromuscular system, the neuroendocrine system, the cardiovascular system etc). It will also increase physical flexibility, strength and vitality as well as enhance mental clarity and focus.
What Is Self Study:
Self Study includes the practice of some or all of the following:
- Concentration Exercises (Dharana)
- Meditation (Dhyana)
- Contemplation (Samadhi)
- Being cognizant of who you are, utilizing your personal strengths, and understanding how a healthy attitude leads to a healthy life.
All aspects of self study facilitate a deeper understanding of oneself and greater control over the operation of one’s body, emotions and mind.
A note about concentration: Practicing concentration exercises on a daily basis makes everything easier in life. The degree of one's personal success - be it in business or school, as an athlete, in relationships, to control one’s moods, or increase intuition and creativity -is a function of their ability to concentrate in a relaxed and detached manner. While Neurofeedback can and does increase one's general ability to concentrate and focus on demand, it is only through daily practice that one can significantly, and profoundly increase ones' powers of concentration.
What Is Attentiveness To Lifestyle:
Being mindful of how you treat yourself, how you treat others and how you express your personal values through everyday activities and relationships.
What Are The Benefits Of Using Yogic Techniques And Principles:
There is a vast amount of research that has conclusively demonstrated that various yogic techniques have wide application in treating the symptoms of various ailments such as:
- Panic Attacks
- Attention Disturbances
- Memory Problems
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Mood Disturbances
- Migraine and Tension Headaches
- Sleep Disturbances
- Relationship Issues
- Autoimmune disturbances
Recommended Books About Yoga:
Concentration: An Approach To Meditation, By Ernest Wood
The Sivananda Companion To Yoga: The Sivananda Yoga Center
Practical Yoga: Ancient and Modern, By Ernest Wood