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Then she earned Master of Arts at California Institute of Integral Studies in 1994.
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Mariana received Bachelor of Arts at the University of Michigan in 1991.
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Mariana received Bachelor of Arts at the University of Michigan in 1991. Then she earned Master of Arts at California Institute of Integral Studies in 1994.
Mariana Caplan 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.
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.
- The Yogi's Roadmap: Patanjali Yoga Sutra as a Journey to Self Realization 2013
- The Way of Failure: Winning Through Losing 2001
- Halfway Up The Mountain: The Error of Premature Claims to Enlightment 2014
- The Guru Question 2011
- Eyes Wide Open 2008
- Yoga & Psyche: Integrating the Paths of Yoga and Psychology for Healing, Transformation, and Joy 2018
Mariana writes because she wants to communicate a message and, in many cases, to speak the unspoken. Societal pressure to conform and the demands of the writing market understandably influence many authors to write for the market, to write to sell, and in doing so, much compromise is made.
She fully believes that psychotherapy is not only about overcoming wounds and working through problems and traumas, but about healing, thriving, becoming relationally healthy, vocationally empowered, and fulfilling our highest potential as human beings.
“I write in the hope that even one or two people will be changed by what they read. I write for the reader who can sit quietly in the privacy of his or her own inner world, and be in relationship with what they read. I write in the attempt to express truth, and in doing so to become more and more of that truth."
“My writing has been largely inspired by the years I spent living in small villages in Third World countries; India, Mexico, Costa Rica. In such circumstances, one finds that there are many, many ways to live, and that there is great value in the consideration of alternative perspectives. The subjects I choose to write about are in response to a need that I perceive."
“My writing process involves a complete immersion in the given subject. I am not interested in dragging out a book for five or six years — there is too much else to move on to! Instead, I begin slowly, and then progressively dive into the material at hand. In the last months of any book, I will spend anywhere from ten to eighteen hours a day, seven days a week, in writing. Much like the process of birth, labor in writing is intense, often excruciating, yet ecstatic and utterly fulfilling upon its completion. I wouldn’t want to do anything else, and at the same time would be hesitant to recommend it to anyone with a lazy bone in her body!”
Mariana loves to travel around the world with her young son, Zion.