The Psychology of Devotion



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Join us for this 90-minute unscripted discussion with family therapist Cristina Casanova (NYU) and host Joshua M. Greene about the confluence of Bhakti teachings and contemporary family and personal therapy. Topics will include:

  • The pathologies that accompany a life of devotion

  • Translating terms of devotion into modern clinical language

  • Risks and rewards on the journey to selfhood

Guest Speaker

For 25 years, Cristina Casanova (Krishna Lila) was Assistant Director of Guidance for the New York City Department of Education with a focus on crisis management and family therapy. She teaches in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University. For more than 40 years she has been a Bhakti yoga practitioner who integrates wisdom from the traditional yoga texts into her approach to therapy.


Joshua M. Greene (Yogesvara) is well known to the yoga community for his books and podcasts on the intersections of contemplative practice and daily life. A former instructor in the Religion Department of Hofstra University, Greene’s biographies of Holocaust survivors have sold more than ½-million copies worldwide.

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