Advertisement

Yoga as Therapy: Implications of a Holistic Somatopsychic Therapy

  • John R. M. Goyeche

Abstract

At the Kyoto and Israel Congresses of this College my colleagues and I presented a series of papers (8,11,14) outlining the philosophy and principles of integral yoga practice, as well as its clinical effectiveness with the full range of classic psychosomatic disorders (12,22). We had been privileged to work for about five years treating such diseases using classical yoga methods in a large university teaching hospital in Japan. As far as we know, we were one of only several orthodox medical institutions throughout the world where such a programme had been seriously initiated. Yoga as prevention and therapy of the psychological and medical disorders has yet to be affirmed by the helping professions. Some would argue that the apparent lack of interest is only natural, as yoga remains an unknown. While this may be the case, I would further argue that the lack of interest may be interpreted as a resistance to personal involvement and change on the part of the professional. I shall try to explain this accusation by a somewhat indirect route.

Keywords

Sympathetic Nervous Activity Emotional Expressiveness Yoga Practice Autogenic Training Diaphragmatic Movement 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. 1.
    Bhole, M.V.: Treatment of Bronchial Asthma by Yogic Methods. Yoga Minamsa, 9, 3, 33 (1967).Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Burrow, T.: Science and Man’s Behavior: The Contribution of Phylogiology. (Philos. Library, N.Y., 1953 ).Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Clarke, T.J.H. and Godfrey, S. (Ed.) Asthma. ( Chapman and Hall, London, 1977 ).Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Criax, J. Textbook of Orthopaedic Medicine, vol. 1. (Cassel, 1962 ).Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Dalessio, D.J. Wolff’s Headache and other Head Pain, 3rd Ed. (Oxford University Press, 1972 ).Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Ganong, W.F. Review of Medical Physiology, 6th Ed. (Lange Medical Publishers, 1973 ).Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Gopal, K.S., et al. The effect of Yoga Asanas on muscular tone and cardio-respiratory adjustments. Ind. J. Med Sci., 28 (10), 438, (1974).Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Goyeche, J.R.M. Yoga: Clinical Observations and Somatopsychic Principles. Proc. 4th Congr. Int. Coll. Psychosom. Med., Kyoto, 1977.Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Goyeche, J.R.M. Psychosomatics, Somatopsychics, and Transcendence, in: (Ed.) Y. Ikemi, Self-Control: East and West. (Nishi Nippon Shimbun, Fukuoka, Japan, 1977, in Japanese).Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Goyeche, J.R.M., Ago, Y: and Ikemi, Y. Breathing and Psychosomatic Medicine. Asian Med. J., 21, 9, 54 (1978).Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Goyeche, J.R.M. Yoga as Therapy in Psychosomatic Medicine. Proc. 4th Congr. Int. Coll. Psychosom. Med., Kyoto, 1977. Psychother. Psychosom., 31: 373, (1979).Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Goyeche, J.R.M. and Okab, K. Yoga: A Holistic System for Auto-immunization Against Stress. Proc. 5th Congr. Int., Coll. Psychosom. Med., Jerusalem, 1979.Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Goyeche, J.R.M., Ago, Y. and Ikemi, Y. Asthma: The Yoga Perspective: Part 1, The Somatopsychic Imbalance in Asthma: Towards a Holistic Therapy. J. Asthma Res., 17, 2, 111, (1980).PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. 13.
    Goyeche, J.R.M., Ago, Y. and Ikemi, Y. Asthma: The Yoga Perspective: Part 1, The Somatopsychic Imbalance in Asthma: Towards a Holistic Therapy. J. Asthma Res., 17, 2, 111, (1980).PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. 13.
    Goyeche, J.R.M., Ago, Y. and Ikemi, Y. Asthma: The Yoga Perspective: Part 1, The Somatopsychic Imbalance in Asthma: Towards a Holistic Therapy. J. Asthma Res., 17, 2, 111, (1980).PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. 16.
    Jacobsen, E. Progressive Relaxation. (Univ. Chicago Press, 1938 ).Google Scholar
  17. 17.
    Kuvaylananda, S. and Vinekar, S.L. Yogic Therapy. Ministry of Health, Government of India, ( New Delhi, 1963 ).Google Scholar
  18. 18.
    Lance, J.W. The Mechanism and Management of Headache, 2nd Ed. ( Butterworths, London, 1973 ).Google Scholar
  19. 19.
    Lowen, A. The Betrayal of the Body. (Collier, N.Y., 1967 ).Google Scholar
  20. 20.
    Luthe, W. (Ed.) Autogenic Training. (Grune and Stratton, N.Y., 1964 ).Google Scholar
  21. 21.
    Mehta, J.M. and Kurulkar, L.N. Yoga: The Key to Psychosomatics. Proc. 4th Congr. Int. Coll. Psychosom. Med., Kyoto, 1977.Google Scholar
  22. 22.
    Noda, T., Aoh, S., and Goyeche, J.R.M. Yoga Therapy: a Summary of Case Studies. Proc. 4th Congr. Int. Coll. Psychosom. Med., Kyoto, 1977.Google Scholar
  23. 23.
    Rattenborg, C.C. and Holaday, D.A. Lung Physiotherapy as an Adjunct to Surgical Care. Surg. Clin. N. Amer., 44, 219, (1964).Google Scholar
  24. 24.
    Reich, W. Character Analysis. (Noonday Press, N.Y., 1949 ).Google Scholar
  25. 25.
    Sadhakas. Yoga and Therapy. ( Examiner Press, Bombay, 1977 ).Google Scholar
  26. 26.
    Srinivasan, T.M. and Meti, B.L. Management of Bronchial Asthma through Practice of Yogasanas and Pranayama. Unpub. Manus. Indian Institute of Research in Yoga and Allied Sciences, ( Tirupati, Andhra, 1978 ).Google Scholar
  27. 27.
    Sugi, Y. and Akutsu, K. Studies on Respiration and Energy Metabolism during sitting in Zazen. Res. J. Phys. Ed., 12, (3), 190, (1968).Google Scholar
  28. 28.
    Tanaka, T., Goyeche, J.R.M. A Case Study of Migraine Alleviation by means of yoga. Proc. 4th Congr. Int. Coll. Psychosom. Med., Kyoto, 1977.Google Scholar
  29. 29.
    Vahia, N.S. Psychophysiologic Therapy Based on the Concepts of Patanjali. Amer. J. Psychother., 27, 557, (1973).Google Scholar
  30. 30.
    Varandani, N. and Ananda, S. Therapeutic Effects of Yoga in Bronchial Asthma. Unpub. Manus., Yogic Treatment-cum-Research Centre, Jaipur, India (no date).Google Scholar
  31. 31.
    Yogendra, S. Yoga: Personal Hygiene, vol. 1 and 2. ( Examiner Press, Bombay, 1931 ).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • John R. M. Goyeche
    • 1
  1. 1.Okanagan Stress ClinicPentictionCanada

Personalised recommendations