Yoga Now - 360º Yoga Seminar Series

Event Details

  • DateSat 27 February 2016
  • Time3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • VenueKathleen Syme Centre
  • Location251 Faraday Street Carlton VIC 3053
  • TypeSeminar
  • Ticket$30 per person
  • Table$N/A per table (seats N/A)
  • ContactJaana Salonen
    0416 448 154
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This seminar explores Carl Jung's critical take on yoga. A pioneer of 20th century depth psychology, Jung remains probably the most important interpreter and translator of yoga’s psychological meaning for western culture. Yet, despite the extraordinary relevance and insight of his writings on yoga, his writings on the subject have not passed into contemporary discussions on yoga. Jung held yoga in the highest esteem but, perhaps oddly, saw it as a “suppression” of the unconscious and a suspect path to self-knowledge for the western psyche. A great reader of 20th century western culture and its “neurosis”, writing in the psychic displacement of post World War II Europe, he believed the early 20th century mass fascination of western spiritual seekers with eastern thought systems generally and yoga specifically, posed the danger of side-stepping a vital culturally specific self-knowledge. Turning to the east for answers was an evasion from understanding its own “neurosis” or body/mind dissociation. At best, it would lead to little more than gullibility and wishful thinking not the discovery of “meaning”. At worst, on a cultural level, it would perpetuate a potentially dangerous ignorance of the western psyche’s differently geared and charged unconscious. This seminar will outline and attempt to interpret the key issues raised by Jung’s writings on yoga and evaluate the relevance of his critique for understanding contemporary yoga and its possibilities. What are the implications of Jung’s analysis for our practice of yoga? What might Jung’s reading mean at the experiential level for yoga practitioners who remain unaware of the implications of our culturally different psychic landscape and its consequences in practice? Is yoga in its deeper sense really only for the individual seeker or does it hold culturally wider potential for shifting self-understanding and values? Can Jung’s insights be used to inject a more critical spirit into our contemporary yoga landscape and generate a shift in yoga culture? These are some of the questions that will be explored in post presentation discussion. A warm welcome to all.