victims make the mistake of pursuing regression therapy or Deep memory therapy -- both of which are risky when psychological boundaries are so weak.Hatha Yoga, a popular form in the U.S., aims for the conscious control of the physical andetheric (subtle energy) bodies. This emphasis on energy , another characteristic of yoga,changes the perception of the world as the arena of divine grace into the perception of the world as a domain defined by science, technique and control. Yogic control of body and mindis particularly popular now as we in the west develop a renewed fascination with the humanpotential movement initiated by Hegel, latched onto by Hitler and now hailed as the precursorof a soon-to-occur evolution in consciousness known as the New Age. The use (or misuse) of Hatha and other yogas at the blatant service of immature personalities brings with it a host of problems. An example is at my own workplace where Power Yoga is offered at lunchtime for aquick pick-me-up. The yoga instructor recently had the class perform an exercise designed tostimulate the pituitary gland -- and one of my co-workers did not sleep the entire followingnight. The dangers of any kind of yoga can include abuse of power, unconscious motivationsof teachers and students, as well as the ignorance of the physiological and psychologicaleffects of yoga.It is important to note that historically, in the east, advanced yoga practice was only permitted within narrowly defined parameters. Students practiced under the strict guidance of a yogi incontrolled, slowly advancing stages in stress-free settings. Higher levels involving breath work and energy work were always reserved for those initiates successfully completing years of thepurification which decreased the likelihood of problems.Now, even in all but the most rigorous ashrams in the west, advanced yogic practices areimparted at weekend or week-long getaways and some yoga teachers receive certificationsafter only months of study. In addition, yoga techniques are taught by psychologists andintermingled with avant-guard psychological release work methods such as rolfing orrebirthing which are intended to break through unresolved issues and remove deep emotional blocks through either the expression of strong emotions or rough physical massage - a recipefor disaster.Several months ago, one enthusiast completed certification as a yoga instructor after only a year's study. She traveled for a weekend workshop on holotropic breathing -- a way of accessing childhood trauma through heavy yoga-like breathing techniques designed to inducealtered states of mind. For some time afterward, she was in total bliss and believed it was thedivine will she leave her family. These kinds of therapy weekends have innumerablecasualties. Treatment centers/retreats for those suffering these kinds of psychotic breaks andnervous exhaustion are much needed.