About Me


Mariana Caplan, PhD, MFT, E-RYT 500, is a psychotherapist, yoga teacher, and the author of eight books in the fields of psychology and spirituality that have been translated in more than a dozen languages, including the new Yoga & Psyche: Integrating the Paths of Yoga and Psychology for Healing, Transformation, and Joy (Sounds True, Feb. 2018), as well as Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path, Halfway Up the Mountain: The Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment, The Guru Question: The Perils and Rewards of Choosing a Spiritual Teacher, and To Touch Is to Live: The Need for Genuine Affection in an Impersonal World.

She has been teaching workshops and trainings in universities, major retreat centers around the world, online, and in yoga studios since 1997. Dr. Caplan also developed innovative programs as a professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Naropa University, John F. Kennedy University, and Sophia University, and she is the founder of the Yoga & Psyche Method and the Yoga & Psyche Conference.

Dr. Caplan’s psychological training spans over 20 years and incorporates traditional and alternative approaches to psychotherapy including: psychodynamic, gestalt, cognitive behavioral therapy, somatic, and dialectical behavioral therapy. In 2010 she became a certified Somatic Experiencing practitioner and integrates that modality into her psychotherapy practice. She currently works with individuals, couples, families, and supervision of other psychotherapists, as well as consulting with spiritual groups in crisis. Hablo Español.

Her articles have been featured in magazines and journals including Shambhala Sun, Tricycle, ReVision, and Journal of Transpersonal Psychology. She is a regular guest on television and web-based programs on subjects of spirituality, psychology, yoga, and wellness. Mariana’s personal essays have received critical acclaim, including the satire Zen Boyfriends, which was transformed into a musical, and Death Has No Mercy: A Memoir of a Mother’s Death, which was featured in Best Buddhist Writings of 2006. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and loves to travel around the world with her young son, Zion.

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