Yoga Psychology and Yoga Psychotherapy Introduction


The science of embodied relationship between consciousness and mind

Online Seminar:  2 x 90 minutes | Guided Meditation | CPD Points: 3 hrs | US$97.00


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Yoga Psychology and Yoga Psychotherapy are vast and integral branches of Yoga Therapy


Dr Swami Shankardev is one of the forerunners of Yoga Therapy. A Yoga Acharya (authority of yoga), MD and Psychotherapist – all in one, he authored several Yoga Therapy books including Yogic Management of Asthma and Diabetes, The Effects of Yoga on Hypertension, and The Practice of Yoga for the Digestive System. He is also contributor and editor to 5 classical Bihar School of Yoga books. 

“Yoga psychology is the science of the embodied relationship between consciousness and mind. Yoga psychology describes how the idealized healthy body and mind function and how imbalances can occur leading to pathology. Yoga psychotherapy shows us how to restore balance, enlighten the mind and find lasting purpose and meaning” Dr Swami Shankardev

Yoga psychotherapy

Yoga psychotherapy plays a vital role in the successful treatment and management of physical, psychological and spiritual conditions. When combined with Western psychotherapeutic approaches it creates a powerful holistic approach to long-term healing and spiritual awakening. Yoga psychotherapy views illness as a sacred path to higher awareness.  We can gain this perspective if we have the appropriate knowledge, techniques and support.

Yoga psychology and psychotherapy are based on the cultivation of self-awareness and knowledge of the “subtle body”, the part of us that lies sandwiched between the physical body and the spiritual or causal body, the subtlest part of us.

Seminar topics

The topics within the include:

  • Yoga psychotherapy as a holistic science
  • The 4 main yoga philosophies that form the foundation of Yoga Psychology
  • An outline of the structure of the mind and the forces that animate the mind
  • The relationship between mind and consciousness
  • The subtle body
  • How to heal and enlighten the mind
  • The Sanskrit terms for western concepts, such as the “inner parent, adult, child”
  • How to support your “inner child” by developing a wise and enlightened inner adult
  • Improve your relationship with self and others
  • How to transform suffering and adversity to actualize a conscious relationship with the vast cosmic forces that lie beyond socially conditioned awareness
  • Gain information about your individual karma so that you can begin to see your unique life purpose and destiny from a higher perspective
  • An overview of the techniques and the path to liberate yourself from old destructive patterns and to create new creative patterns in your mind and your life.

Recorded Seminars

Seminar Components

2 x 90-minute Seminars

Guided Meditations

Continuing Professional Development

Earns CPD 3 contact hrs with Yoga Alliance USA, Yoga Australia, & SYTA

Publisher Info

Title: Yoga Psychology and Yoga Psychotherapy (Introduction)

Author: Dr Swami Shankardev Saraswati

Publisher: Big Shakti

Media: Online Seminars


The Healing the Mind Course through Big Shakti was incredible! Not only was it in-depth and detailed theoretically, but it gave me practical tools to deepen and extend my meditation practice. The information and techniques taught have really transformed both my meditation practice and my daily life. I’ve watched myself become clearer in my thinking and less reactive emotionally.  It has given me an easy to access tool to help with stressful moments in day-to-day life. I would highly recommend this course to anyone – whether they be a beginner or a practitioner with meditation experience.

I first met Dr. Swami Shankardev in the early 2000’s just at the beginning of my yoga teacher career. I was struck by his wealth of knowledge and his ability to translate it in a most relevant, down-to-earth manner. His breadth of knowledge is not only for teachers, but for anyone in search of greater self-awareness, and for ways to deepen their yoga and meditation practice, and enjoy life more. In recent years, I am impressed by how he, Jayne Stevenson, and their support team have created a learning platform that can create a similar environment for profound learning, online.

The courses do not only provide more knowledge for a teaching repertoire but offer practical tools for engaging in life with greater skill and happiness.  As Dr. Shankardev has said, “Yoga is the penetration of consciousness into your day-to-day life.” In my experience, the courses offered through Big Shakti are an effective, powerful, gratifying way to get there.

What I enjoy about Big Shakti online courses and meditations is their combination of wisdom and practice. They have helped to clarify my understanding of certain yogic terms in the light of modern Western psychology, and thus allowed my practice to become alive, useful and meaningful

As a teacher, I am better able to explain the science behind the techniques, which my very Western students appreciate. There is an urgent need for yogic mind management in today’s society. Once known these techniques can be practiced by everybody no matter what challenge they may be facing from depression to the constant mind chatter. Big Shakti’s courses offer a bridge that Westerners can cross trustingly.