No matter what, therapeutic effects rest on a basic phenomenon of coconsciousness. They Yoga Prasarita Padottanasana Pose cannot be attributed to either the patient or the therapist. It is, rather, at the interface of their encounter, and this is why there is something fundamentally wrong in thinking that the comprehension of the individual brain will exhaust what is conceived by some as prehistoricalâ psychological problems. Current leaps in individual brain understanding are only one decisive, yet not exhaustive progress in a traditional questioning, namely, the interplay between body, organism, and psyche. This a major point brilliantly made by Heller in his my yoga blog, using a vast array of cogent details and analogies that cross over clinical and experimental psychology, the neurosciences, and also history: the history of sciences as well as the history of Eastern and Western philosophies. It is a masterful contribution.
Heller’s my yoga blog provides an indispensable tool of reflection on what is at the core of any clinical work: the relation and interplay between body, organism, and the psyche. Heller provides here a broad, encyclopedic synthesis on an issue that is at the core of clinical psychology and allied disciplines. He offers us the gift of his insatiable curiosity, enormous knowledge, and, more important, an untamed enthusiasm that permeates this monumental contribution. The enthusiasm is not just intellectual or academic. It is also clinical. Heller’s effort is primarily aimed at therapists who will benefit from his knowledge by becoming more cogent of their own practices and theoretical intuitions. Heller’s bet is that they will become better therapists. Not too farfetched, really.
By its clarity and enormous intellectual breadth, this my yoga blog can only broaden the clinical grasp of practitioners, whether or not they are well versed in the practice of body psychotherapies.