Mariana Caplan

Mariana Caplan


The Yoga and Psyche Conference

Mariana Caplan, PhD, MFT, is a licensed psychotherapist, lifelong yogi, and the author of seven books in the fields of psychology and spirituality, including the award-winning Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path. As a psychotherapist, she specializes in using somatic approaches to therapy to support spiritual practitioners and teachers of all traditions to heal trauma and thrive, as well as working with complex spiritual traumas within spiritual communities. As a yogi, she founded and teaches The Yoga & Psyche Method, based on the Somatic Experiencing model of Peter Levine, which integrates the insights of trauma research and yogic practices.

Why Yoga Needs Psychology and Psychology Needs Yoga: Theory and Practice

For the Western practitioner, Yoga is made more effective and transformative through the help of Western psychology and its new developments in somatics, trauma research, and neuroscience. Psychotherapy and psychological transformation are also greatly aided and expanded by the spiritual tools and wisdom of Yoga. This talk uncovers the key discernments that help bridge these two traditions together, discusses several important reasons why Yoga and psychology each enhance each other, and dares to dream the greater possibilities that emerge from this integration. The Yoga & Psyche Method is introduced and then practiced. The practice draws from Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing Method, somatic psychology, and trauma research, as well as Tantric philosophy and Yoga asana. It teaches tools for psychological integration both during yoga practice as well as in the yoga of daily life.

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CE credit (MFT, LCSW, RN) offered for the session