Yoga and Indian approaches to psychology as a means to effect change and transformation

Usha Rao

Besides parents and immediate family members, children interact daily with various relatives, neighbours, friends and most important, teachers. Reaction to these people varies from age to age. As the child advances in age, behaviour too goes on changing; and the mental health of a child also gets affected on account of many factors like economic, social, cultural, etc. In case of problems, parents often approach the psychologist or the psychotherapist. Surprisingly, no care is taken by parents to take the help of yogic exercises. Even our educational system has not taken cognizance of this fact. Thus we are at fault, either (i) because of a lack of long term vision -- i.e., lack of spiritual orientation, or (ii) because of lack of powers of concentration of mind. Because of these two quoted facts, two important reasons come forth: (a) our inability to apply our mind for perfection and excellence, and (b) our becoming too narrow-minded -- i.e., we have started thinking only of immediate gain instead of long term good. The best solution for all the things said so far, is to introduce yogic exercises in the educational system. It is most essential is to make our pupils realize the nature of his\her mind, how to concentrate and how to control it. This theme is discussed extensively in this paper.

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

Pondicherry, India, September 29 - October 1, 2002