Yoga – Body, Self and World

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This year makes 17 since I took up the practice of yoga. It was the year 2000. “Y2K.” Sometime around 2006-2007, I thought I might be ready to teach. This readiness wasn’t the result of anybody’s encouragement – teacher or friend. But I found myself in the quiet of my own practice, or in a class where I thought to …

Sacred Encounters: Yoga, Meditation and Depth Psychology – the view from my mat

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I spent the last couple of days of August at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California attending “Sacred Encounters: Yoga, Meditation & Depth Psychology,” an inaugural program that brought together practicing psychotherapists, Pacifica faculty and yoga instructors (some of whom are also therapists and graduates of the Pacifica programs). I’ve been thinking about and exploring yoga as a psychological …

The Task of Analytic Psychology

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“…is to identify the false self” (or) the “mask of accommodation, (or) defensive structure (that) prevents our core nature from dealing with: fear pain anger excitement desire loss John P. Conger, The Body in Recovery The way the false self deals with these is through the neuroses of repression, sublimation and others and in physiological dis-ease.


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John P. Conger is a noted somatic and analytic psychologist. His writing is often beautifully poetic: “Like fire, touch is from the gods. It is elemental and essential like dance. Even words ‘touch’ us. There are no alternatives, no replacements. For children, touch is food. Not to touch them is abusive. … A phobic response to touch strikes against the …