Indian psychology and practical applications of Yoga

Dr. Mrs. Jamal Akhter
Hamidia College
Bhopal (M.P.)

Indian Psychology has two important aspects: the Eastern perspective and the Western perspective. Eastern thought originates from the Veda's and religious texts and its basic concern is the human situation and the suffering and frustration experienced by human beings whereas Western thought comes from a largely scientific tradition. They emphasize the importance and development of technique to accomplish change. Eastern thought aims at transformation in consciousness, feeling, emotions and one's relations to other people and the world. Research has been done on the effect of Asanas on different systems of the body. It has been found that Asanas have a positive effect on the functioning of the central nervous system, endocrine glands, internal organs, digestive system, joints and skin. On the whole we can develop a healthy personality, physically as well as psychologically. All these positive effects of Indian Psychology towards self understanding and personality development should be made known to the whole world, logically and scientifically.

This paper was presented at the
National Conference on
Yoga and Indian Approaches to Psychology

Pondicherry, India, September 29 - October 1, 2002