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Taming the wild elephant : yoga, cognition and emotion

Wiesner, Jane 2010, Taming the wild elephant : yoga, cognition and emotion, Man in India, vol. 90, no. 1-2, Special issue, pp. 329-342.

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Title Taming the wild elephant : yoga, cognition and emotion
Author(s) Wiesner, Jane
Journal name Man in India
Volume number 90
Issue number 1-2
Season Special issue
Start page 329
End page 342
Total pages 14
Publisher Serials Publications
Place of publication New Delhi, India
Publication date 2010-01
ISSN 0025-1569
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Anthropology
Yoga
cognition
Patanjali
emotion
Classical Yoga
Yoga-Sutras
Conditionality
Summary Yoga tradition suggests that the nature of being is awarenes - being aware of the effects of thoughts and feelings, beliefs and emotions. Yoga Philosophy appreciates the life-effects of perception. Yoga promotes a way of being that ultimately transcends basic thoughts and wants, moving beyond, to a state of observer awareness - something the Indian sage Patanjali describes as the process of apperception, where the perceiver is aware of the act of perceiving. This paper looks at the complex relationship between an individual's wellbeing, cognitive processes and emotional life. It explores the principles of mindfulness as a vehicle for emotional balance and investigates the link between Yoga, cognition and emotion. It looks at the physiological influence of cognition and emotion and critiques Yogic philosophy alongside Western cognitive-emotive theories such as Erich Fromm's 'art of being' and the insights presented in Robert C. Solomon's various works on emotional life. This paper also explores the work of other theorists, such as; Patanjali, Aristotle, Georg Feuerstein, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Purushottama Bilimoria and others.
Language eng
Field of Research 200202 Asian Cultural Studies
1601 Anthropology
Socio Economic Objective 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category CN.1 Other journal article
Copyright notice ©2010, Serials Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30078919

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of International and Political Studies
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