The ancient Yogis, mostly using a technique called Atma Vichara or Self Inquiry were able to tap into the subtle connections between our psyche and Yoga practice. As Yoga came to the West, this connection became the subject of more study and deep analysis. As a result, the knowledge of the ancient yogis was proved to be valid and new pieces of information emerged. To speak about this fascinating topic I invited Mariana Caplan to the show.
Mariana Caplan, is a licensed psychotherapist, professor of yogic and transpersonal psychologies, and the author of seven books in the fields of psychology and spirituality. including, She has spent 20 years researching cutting edge and controversial topics in Western Spirituality, and dialoguing with the great spiritual teachers, scholars, and luminaries of our time. She uses somatic psychotherapy to support spiritual practitioners and teachers with the process of healing trauma and moving towards psychospiritual integration, and working with the complex discernments that arise in the context of spiritual practice and in spiritual communities.
She is an adjunct professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies and has degrees in cultural anthropology, counseling psychology, and contemporary spirituality. She has written several books, amongst them Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path, The Guru Question: The Perils and Rewards of Choosing a Spiritual Teacher and Halfway Up the Mountain: the Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment