The prime purpose of this book is to introduce certain counselling principles, practices and skills which are sourced from the basic tenets of Yogic sciences. Bhagavadgīta, Patañjali’s Yogasūtra and other texts provide invaluable insights for counselling people in distress. Yoga therapy is replete with many tools and approaches to provide mind-body oriented solutions. Āsana-s, Prāṇāyāma, Dhyānam, visualisation, dietary regimen and many other practices provide the necessary fillip in optimising the therapy outcomes. The therapist, who is necessarily a Yoga practitioner, does not merely impart the techniques of practice, but also assumes the role of a mentor, coach and guide, and is an effective ‘catalyst’ in the therapy process. Yoga therapy adopts a process-oriented approach which has an impact on body-mind transformation. An important dimension of this therapeutic process is the counselling that a care-seeker receives from the therapist.
Dr. Latha Satish, a psychologist and longtime student of Śrī TKV Desikachar, integrates her decades of experience in counselling and Yoga therapy, in this one of its kind book that throws an Indic perspective on commonly accepted mainstream approaches to counselling. Dr. Latha Satish, a former Managing Trustee of KYM, is at present, head of the KYM Research Council, and continues to offer her valuable services to the KYM as a senior mentor and consultant.