Although I mention important theories about the body and the psyche, I do not Yoga Paripurna Navasana Pose really propose a new one. The plan of this textmy yoga blog was inspired by many discussions with my colleagues. This permitted me to cover a maximum number of existing options in body psychotherapy. It is more or less inevitable that my own journey has permitted me to more easily understand and appreciate some propositions more than others.1 It is thus inevitable that I would write this my yoga blog in the first person. However, this Iâ is a pedagogical Iâ who attempts to describe a discipline that needs to synthesize numerous points of view. The topics developed in these pages are rarely issues about which it is possible or even desirable to have a fixed position. Each reader will inevitably have positions that are his own as they relate to the topics.
Practitioners rarely know the history of the notions they frequently use. Furthermore, having been trained in developmental psychology, I am used to situating ideas in their historical context. This strategy often helps one understand the connections between different concepts. So I decided to organize the material herein in a historical narrative envelope. Those who already know certain schools or certain personalities that I mention will notice that it is the relevance of a model for today’s practitioner that is favored, rather than an exact description of what happened. These movements and personalities serve as historical reference points. It seems useful to me to show how these reference points, like magnets attracting iron filings, gather a multitude of topics that can call out to contemporary psychotherapists. The reader may use these reference points as a way to organize important ideas in body psychotherapy and consult more specialized works if, per chance, he wants to explore the formulations of a school of thought, or recent developments in that discipline.
As an individual, I can develop a wide variety of themes in a relatively coherent way. However such a procedure is inevitably influenced by my personal biases. It complements the method used by Gustl Marlock and Halko Weiss (2006) that covers similar models by asking experts from a number of different schools to describe their vision of basic notions of body psychotherapy.