The Psychology of the Yogas - Gidi Ifergan
Gidi Ifergan [+]
Dr. Gidi Ifergan, a scholar of Indian philosophy and Tibetan Buddhism, currently conducts research and teaches at The Monash Centre for Consciousness and Contemplative Studies, Monash University in Melbourne. He is the author of two seminal works, The Man from Samyé: Longchenpa on Praxis, Its Negation and Liberation (2014) and The Psychology of the Yogas (2021). With over 25 years of experience teaching and practicing yoga and meditation in Australia and Israel, Gidi skillfully integrates the philosophical and spiritual underpinnings of yoga into his classes. Drawing from his extensive studies of the traditional teachings of Indian and Tibetan yogas, including his travels to Varanasi, India, Tibet, and Bhutan, he offers a distinctive perspective on classic Indian yoga and Dzogchen, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism.
In the Epilogue, as the yoga practitioner overcome his habitual tendencies, his stillness and clarity develop and fulfil the moral principles of yoga. He then gains special powers while violent behaviour, as put by Vyasa, leaves the offending person in the underworld, battered and bruised, conveying a personal system of reward and punishment. However, fulfilment of moral principles may be realised through understanding embedded in yogic psychological processing while turning at times to Western psychology as complementary temporary means.