- January 28-29, 2017
- 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
This workshop considers the transpersonal psychology of yoga as it has developed historically, from its beginnings to its extant modern forms. What relational models of cosmos and personality do we find in yoga practice through the ages and what transformative goals and processes have been generated?
Evidence of what we know today as "yoga" begins to be found in the archaeological records of the Indus Valley civilization (c 2700-1500 BCE). Later, the early wisdom literatures of India, such as the Vedas, Upanishads, Sankhya, Bhagavad Gita and Tantra articulate explicit models of a self-conscious universe and human psychology along with methods of transcendence and/or realization of human potential, which they refer to as yoga.
This workshop explores these various models and methods. Learn to identify the elements of a psychology of the whole person conducive to experiences of creativity and transcendence and gain a toolbox of transformative practices for understanding and accessing various approaches to yoga.
15 BBS/RN CEs available (MFT, LCSW, RN)
This course is also available for one unit of academic credit to CIIS students. Must attend full weekend.
Debashish Banerji is the Haridas Chaudhuri Professor of Indian Philosophies and Cultures and the Doshi Professor of Asian Art at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Prior to joining CIIS, Banerji has taught South Asian art history, Indian philosophy and yoga psychology at a variety of academic institutions. From 2005-2009, he was the Director of the International Center for Integral Studies in New Delhi, India. From 1992-2006, he served as the president of the East-West Cultural Center, Los Angeles. He is presently the Executive Director of Nalanda International, based in Los Angeles. Banerji has curated a number of exhibitions of Indian and Japanese art. He has edited a book on the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore and is the author of two books: The Alternate Nation of Abanindranath Tagore (Sage, 2010) and Seven Quartets of Becoming: A Transformational Yoga Psychology Based on the Diaries of Sri Aurobindo (DK Printworld and Nalanda International, 2012).