Year : 2018  |  Volume : 50  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 16-19

Yoga: A self-regulation process

Department of Clinical Psychology, Psychobiology and Methodology, Section of Psychology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidad de La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain

Correspondence Address:
Laura Tolbaños Roche
Kamalabari Yoga Studio, Senador Castillo Olivares, 55, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 35003
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ym.ym_22_17

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According to the ancient yogic texts, the origin of suffering is the ignorance of the true nature of things (avidya). The yogasutras of Patanjali posit that the main objective of yoga is to cease the origin of suffering by a process of involution called pratiprasava, through the development of awareness and consciousness. From a psychotherapeutic point of view, the cessation of suffering could be explained as the result of a process of self-regulation based on the development of self-awareness. It proposes that yoga practice promotes an embodiment process, providing the integration of the organism's systemic unit: brain, body, and environment. This integration process could be the central mechanism of affective self-regulation.

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