Freud and Yoga
Two philosophies of mind compared
An inspiring read for anyone interested in yoga philosophy, psychoanalysis, and optimum mental health.
By T.K.V. Decikachar and Hellfried Krusche
Paperback: 212 pages
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The great thing about this book is that it is a pure dialogue between two masters, each speaking from the heart of his discipline: T.K.V. Desikachar, a revered yoga teacher and a learned scholar of the Yogasutra, which has transmitted a comprehensive understanding of the human mind from generation to generation for thousands of years, and Hellfried Krusche, a psychoanalyst in the classical Freudian vein. There are no additional voices. We hear for ourselves where these two traditions differ and where they meaningfully come together, as though we were listening to contrapuntal music like that of Bach. The ways in which they don’t synchronize are as fascinating as the ways in which they do—and the ways in which they do are significant enough to deepen our understanding of both. One comes away from reading Freud and Yoga reminded that the cure of symptoms is only one goal of psychoanalysis, Lust as physical fitness is not the whole point of yoga. As Desikachar and Krusche discuss them, both of these traditions could be called applied philosophy: they offer disciplined self-exploration that can help one attain the clarity to see things as they are and to live more fully in the present moment.