Jung and Yoga

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Jung and Yoga

Exploring the interface of Jungian conceptualisation and the eastern teachings and practice of yoga


A presentation by Lois Whiteman

Thursday, June 3, 2021 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: St Mary’s Anglican Church Hall
455 Main St. Kangaroo Point, QLD 4169
Admission: Members & Concession: $10 • Non-members: $15

Jung visited, read widely, exchanged lively communication with others and taught on Eastern philosophies and their practices including yoga. This came at a time when the Eastern world views were opening up to the Western world and where an exchange of ideas was not only more possible but where a dynamic interaction of these ideas was set in motion.

Jung studied yogic teachings, visited the Indian teachers of yogic knowledge, and even practiced some yoga techniques, as well as giving strong warnings to the Western world not forget that the cultural psychic context which gave birth to yoga is one that is foreign to the westerner and therefore should not be practiced without this precaution.

In recent decades the practice of yoga has burgeoned in the West. The word yoga is bandied about, even used to sell merchandise. Just what is yoga really? And how does it relate to, complement or parallel Jungian thought?

In this talk I will describe what yoga is; present some of Jung’s key thinking on yoga; provide additional material from post Jungians on the topic; note key parallels between some of Jung’s and yoga’s core ideas with a view to elucidating the richness of drawing on both Jungian and yogic approaches as guides in living a complete life.

Lois Whiteman is a social worker with forty years experience providing psychotherapy and support in both agency settings as well as in private practice. Her approach to therapy is strongly influenced by Jung. She is particularly interested in symbology, dreamwork and sandtray. Lois has practiced yoga since her teens and qualified as a yoga teacher in 2003. She draws on yoga in her therapeutic work as well as teaching community classes and running workshops on aspects of yoga often drawing on Jung’s work to create and enhance relevancy of yoga’s teachings in the modern western context. For more information please visit her website found at www.loiswhitemanpsychotherapy.com.au.