There is developmental proof of such general Yoga Salamba Sarvangasana Pose assertion in the fact that from around two years of age, all children (except probably those showing symptoms of autism) start to conceptualize themselves as perceived and judged through the evaluative eyes of others. From this age children start to express unambiguous embarrassment and the first signs of shame and guilt, presumably the trademarks of our species (see Darwin, 1872, on blushing). All these self-conscious emotions are eminently social, determined by the interplay and integration of mutual self and others’ feelings and mental representations, a major source of typical psychological ills that eventually lead patients to seek therapeutic help.
These psychological ills are not just circumscribed and contained within the patient’s head and body. Such ills are revealed in interaction of the patient with others, with the therapist in particular, who become aware with the patient of his or her suffering. In interaction, patient and therapist become co-conscious of ills and sufferings that become objectified to both. In the therapeutic relation or alliance, both parties reactualize such ills so they can be objectified and treated together, rendering them public for the duration of the therapy.
This point is not as trivial as it might sound. In the case of body therapies, when patients allow the therapist to touch them or to be guided in breathing exercises, they surrender to the therapist providing intimate access and the possibility for the therapist to share the experience of the patients, particularly the experience that led them to seek therapy, whether it is an acute pain, an obsessive rumination, a simple curiosity, or a need for social attention and recognition on the part of the patient.