SOAS University of London

Centre of Yoga Studies

Yoga Psychology: Insights into the mind in the Yogasūtra of Patañjali

Ramesh Pattni

Date: 26 November 2019Time: 7:30 PM

Finishes: 26 November 2019Time: 8:45 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Talk

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The central idea in the Yogasūtra is that ‘Yoga is the cessation of the modifications of the mind’ and as such, the science of the mind, or Yoga Psychology, can be said to be at the heart of this tradition of Yoga. In this talk, Dr Ramesh Pattni will examine the various facets of Patanjali’s concept of the mind, how it functions and how it is related to the practice of Yoga. He will also look at how these perspectives on the mind and the associated techniques of Yoga can help in daily life.

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Speaker Biography

Dr Ramesh Pattni is a psychologist and a Hindu theologian whose research is in the intersection of these traditions. He has deep interest in presenting the psychological concepts, tools and techniques of the ancient traditions in today’s world for mental well-being. He obtained a doctorate from the University of Oxford, Faculty of Theology and Religion, based on his research into Patanjali’s text on Classical Yoga – the Yogasūtra and Western Positive Psychology, comparing the phenomenology of Flow and altered states of consciousness experienced in the meditation of Samadhi.

He also has three master’s degrees in psychology, psychology of religion, and study of religion. He has extensively lectured and conducted workshops and retreats on diverse subjects over the past two decades in Yoga and the Non-Dual (Advaita Vedanta) traditions. He holds or has held many public positions, including, Vice President of Chinmaya Mission UK, Vice President of Hindu Forum of Britain and Co-Chair of the Hindu Christian Forum and serving the wider community in the UK