Mariana Caplan

Mariana Caplan, PhD, MFT, E-RYT 500, is a psychotherapist, yoga teacher, and the author of eight books, including Yoga & Psyche: Integrating the Paths of Yoga and Psychology for Healing, Transformation, and Joy and Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path. Mariana has been teaching in universities and retreat centers worldwide, online, and in yoga studios since 1997, and developed innovative programs as a professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Naropa University, John F. Kennedy University, and Sophia University. She is the founder of the Yoga & Psyche Method and the Yoga & Psyche Conference. 

Learn more about this presenter’s work:


  • Why Yoga Teachers Need an Understanding of Psychology

    Although yoga teachers are not licensed healthcare professionals, issues of mental and physical health often emerge in the context of teaching yoga.

  • The Gifts of Trauma

    When it comes to trauma, the best medicine is love. Psychological wounds, knots, and contractions—even the psyche itself—respond much more effectively to love than they do to force or judgement.

  • Psychology as an Expression of Karma

    “If somebody had to live my life, why did it have to be me?” quips Buddhist comedian Wes Nisker. When I was a young woman, I felt both intrigued and bothered by the concept of karma. Everyone I knew who remembered their past lives were at some point a princess in Egypt or a medieval European king.