Yoga's Gifts to the Contemporary Western World

  • By Pravrajika Brahmaprana
  • January 8 2019

This article tells you ways in which Yoga has contributed to the Western World for e.g. patients suffering from pre and post-radio-therapy sleep and depression benefits from yoga techniques and psychotherapists engage themselves in mindfulness -based meditation practice.

Since yoga’s path to self-realization is experimental and experiential the freedom-loving Americans love it.  Another gift is the Eastern Paradigm of the Mind. Yoga’s metaphysical understanding of perception is yet another gift to the world. Contemporary psychotherapists have much to gain by informing their psychological counselling with the yoga paradigm of the mind, its mindfulness meditations, and certain yoga practices that help master negative tendencies of the mind


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Author is the resident minister of Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas, USA.

This article was first published in the January 2019 issue (titled ‘Thoughts on Yoga’) of Prabuddha Bharata, monthly journal of The Ramakrishna Order started by Swami Vivekananda in 1896. This article is courtesy and copyright Prabuddha Bharata. I have been reading the Prabuddha Bharata for years and found it enlightening. Cost is Rs 180/ for one year, Rs 475/ for three years, Rs 2100/ for twenty years. To subscribe

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