Autogenic Training (AT) is a form of Mental Training that was developed in the 1930s. In essence,it consists of a series of mental exercises which act as an antidote to the stressors of life, thus bringing about mental calmness and equanimity.
Ian Ross graduated in western medicine in 1970, and worked in general practice in Leith from the 1970s to 2005. He has been teaching AT in a group context in Leith since 1994.
All of us experience the ups and down of life, and if we are to deal with these effectively we need to develop skilful means to do so. It is commonly accepted that if we are going to become physically fit, we naturally need to take regular exercise; in our culture, there is less understanding and
acceptance that if we are to stay mentally healthy, we need to practise a regular form of mental training; AT is one of such trainings. Mental training approaches were historically much more understood in the east – originating in China and India.
The term Autogenic can be taken to mean “generated from within”. Once learnt, Autogenic Training becomes a new skill to cope with inevitable difficulties and vicissitudes of life.