The Psychology of the Yogas - Gidi Ifergan

The Psychology of the Yogas - Gidi Ifergan

Pratipakṣa Bhāvanā as Imagining 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 Three, Pratipakṣa bhāvanā as Imagining the Opposite, discusses the potential of imagining the opposite as a powerful method to overcome the causes of affliction. The method is based on the valid translation of bhāvanā, meaning imagination and is inspired by Dickens' novella A Christmas Carol entailing the transformation of Scrooge, the novel's protagonist. The appendix includes an explicit practical exercise for Imagining the Opposite.

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Ifergan, Gidi. Pratipakṣa Bhāvanā as Imagining the Opposite. The Psychology of the Yogas. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 71-85 Aug 2021. ISBN 9781800500877. Date accessed: 26 Jun 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.42662. Aug 2021

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