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JaH: Somatic Perceptions through a Jungian Lens: Using the Body for Dialog with the Unconscious, Part 1
May 9, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The process of psychoanalysis endeavors to allow a greater connection with the whole of one’s self by relating to the unconscious. Similar to dream analysis, one might approach the body as a means of dialoguing with the unconscious. In this course, we will explore two such practices with a body-oriented approach, Kundalini yoga, and Jung’s active imagination. Jung found parallels in these practices which relativize the ego in collaborating with the unconscious. Fundamental to these practices we will discuss some of Jung’s writings pertaining to the unconscious, the tension of opposites, and their union in the “transcendent function.”
The first session will describe Jung’s interest in Kundalini yoga as a process of transformation parallel to psychoanalysis. Participants will have the opportunity to experience a Kundalini yoga meditation, as a means of somatically applying the Jungian concepts presented.
Athena A. Carrillo, M.A., M.F.T. is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Eagle Rock who is also certified in Kundalini yoga. She specializes in working with adults addressing childhood trauma. While a pre-medicine student and physical therapy assistant, Athena began to perceive in patients the connection between their physical symptoms and psychological trauma, in succession with intuitive experiences of unconscious-unconscious communications between herself and her patients. Her passion for exploring this interconnection led to a master’s degree in body-oriented psychotherapy at John F. Kennedy University, where she discovered a deep resonance with Jung’s work that eventually led to her certification as a Jungian analyst.
Psychologists/LCSWs/MFTs/LPCCs: The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Nurses: The C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.