The Psychology of the Yogas - Gidi Ifergan

The Psychology of the Yogas - Gidi Ifergan

Pratipakṣa Bhāvanā: Cultivating the Opposite

The Psychology of the Yogas - Gidi Ifergan

Gidi Ifergan [+-]
Monash University
Dr Gidi Ifergan researches the Indian Philosophy and Tibetan Buddhism at Monash University. Since 1997, Gidi has practiced and taught yoga in Australia and Israel. He teaches classic Indian yoga and Dzogchen, a stream of Tibetan Buddhism. Both of these practices are capable of healing suffering and unlocking the intrinsic clarity that already resides within us. Gidi’s yoga practice and classes are integrated with a rich understanding of the philosophical and spiritual roots of yoga. This is informed by the many years Gidi has spent studying the traditional teachings of Indian and Tibetan yogas, including visits to Varanasi, India, Tibet and Bhutan.


Chapter Two, Pratipakṣa bhāvanā: Cultivating the Opposite, includes a review of classical and contemporary commentators and scholars’ interpretation of Pratipakṣa bhāvanā, concluding that it is about tracing the motives for thoughts and behaviours that violate the principles of yogic morality and reflecting on the results of such thoughts and behaviours, enhanced by the emotional power of self-honesty, empathy and remorse.

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Ifergan, Gidi. Pratipakṣa Bhāvanā: Cultivating the Opposite. The Psychology of the Yogas. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 45-69 Aug 2021. ISBN 9781800500877. Date accessed: 06 Feb 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.42661. Aug 2021

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