Yoga Body by Mark Singleton

Yoga Body
  • Title : Yoga Body
  • Author : Mark Singleton
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 9780199745982
  • Pages : 272
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  • Language : English
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Yoga is so prevalent in the modern world--practiced by pop stars, taught in schools, and offered in yoga centers, health clubs, and even shopping malls--that we take its presence, and its meaning, for granted. But how did the current yoga boom happen? And is it really rooted in ancient Indian practices, as many of its adherents claim? In this groundbreaking book, Mark Singleton calls into question many commonly held beliefs about the nature and origins of postural yoga (asana) and suggests a radically new way of understanding the meaning of yoga as it is practiced by millions of people across the world today. Singleton shows that, contrary to popular belief, there is no evidence in the Indian tradition for the kind of health and fitness-oriented asana practice that dominates the global yoga scene of the twenty-first century. Singleton's surprising--and surely controversial--thesis is that yoga as it is popularly practiced today owes a greater debt to modern Indian nationalism and, even more surprisingly, to the spiritual aspirations of European bodybuilding and early 20th-century women's gymnastic movements of Europe and America, than it does to any ancient Indian yoga tradition. This discovery enables Singleton to explain, as no one has done before, how the most prevalent forms of postural yoga, like Ashtanga, Bikram and "Hatha" yoga, came to be the hugely popular phenomena they are today. Drawing on a wealth of rare documents from archives in India, the UK and the USA, as well as interviews with the few remaining, now very elderly figures in the 1930s Mysore asana revival, Yoga Body turns the conventional wisdom about yoga on its head.


Yoga Body by Mark Singleton

Yoga Body
  • Title : Yoga Body
  • Author : Mark Singleton
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0195395344
  • Pages : 262
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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The practice of yoga has become hugely popular in the West. Most people assume (and many claim) that 'postural' yoga - characterized by the familiar, demanding, physical poses - is an ancient Indian tradition. But in fact, as Mark Singleton shows, this type of yoga is quite a recent development, with its beginnings traceable to the middle of the 19th-century. Singleton here presents the first in-depth study of the origins of postural yoga, challenging many current notions about its nature and origins.


Yoga Body by Mark Singleton

Yoga Body
  • Title : Yoga Body
  • Author : Mark Singleton
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199742529
  • Pages : 272
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Yoga is so prevalent in the modern world--practiced by pop stars, taught in schools, and offered in yoga centers, health clubs, and even shopping malls--that we take its presence, and its meaning, for granted. But how did the current yoga boom happen? And is it really rooted in ancient Indian practices, as many of its adherents claim? In this groundbreaking book, Mark Singleton calls into question many commonly held beliefs about the nature and origins of postural yoga (asana) and suggests a radically new way of understanding the meaning of yoga as it is practiced by millions of people across the world today. Singleton shows that, contrary to popular belief, there is no evidence in the Indian tradition for the kind of health and fitness-oriented asana practice that dominates the global yoga scene of the twenty-first century. Singleton's surprising--and surely controversial--thesis is that yoga as it is popularly practiced today owes a greater debt to modern Indian nationalism and, even more surprisingly, to the spiritual aspirations of European bodybuilding and early 20th-century women's gymnastic movements of Europe and America, than it does to any ancient Indian yoga tradition. This discovery enables Singleton to explain, as no one has done before, how the most prevalent forms of postural yoga, like Ashtanga, Bikram and "Hatha" yoga, came to be the hugely popular phenomena they are today. Drawing on a wealth of rare documents from archives in India, the UK and the USA, as well as interviews with the few remaining, now very elderly figures in the 1930s Mysore asana revival, Yoga Body turns the conventional wisdom about yoga on its head.


Gurus of Modern Yoga by Mark Singleton,Ellen Goldberg

Gurus of Modern Yoga
  • Title : Gurus of Modern Yoga
  • Author : Mark Singleton,Ellen Goldberg
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199938725
  • Pages : 386
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  • Language : English
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Gurus of Modern Yoga explores the contributions that individual gurus have made to the formation of the practices and discourses of yoga in today's world.


Yoga in the Modern World by Mark Singleton,Jean Byrne

Yoga in the Modern World
  • Title : Yoga in the Modern World
  • Author : Mark Singleton,Jean Byrne
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • ISBN Code : 1134055196
  • Pages : 224
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  • Language : English
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Today yoga is a thoroughly globalised phenomenon. Yoga has taken the world by storm and is even seeing renewed popularity in India. Both in India and abroad, adults, children and teenagers are practicing yoga in diverse settings; gyms, schools, home, work, yoga studios and temples. The yoga diaspora began well over a hundred years ago and we continue to see new manifestations and uses of Yoga in the modern world. As the first of its kind this collection draws together cutting edge scholarship in the field, focusing on the theory and practice of yoga in contemporary times. Offering a range of perspectives on yoga's contemporary manifestations, it maps the movement, development and consolidation of yoga in global settings. The collection features some of the most well-known authors within the field and newer voices. The contributions span a number of disciplines in the humanities, including, anthropology, Philosophy, Studies in Religion and Asian studies, offering a range of entry points to the issues involved in the study of the subject. As such, is of use to those involved in academic scholarship, as well as to the growing number of yoga practitioners who seek a deeper account of the origin and significance of the techniques and traditions they are engaging with. It will also-and perhaps most of all-speak to the growing numbers of 'scholar-practitioners' who straddle these two realms. Further resources and supporting material are available to view at www.yogainthemodernworld.com


A History of Modern Yoga by Elizabeth De Michelis

A History of Modern Yoga
  • Title : A History of Modern Yoga
  • Author : Elizabeth De Michelis
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • ISBN Code : 0826487726
  • Pages : 282
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  • Language : English
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Please note: We can't take UK web orders at this time, but further information can be obtained by emailing [email protected] US web orders are available now.


The Path of Modern Yoga by Elliott Goldberg

The Path of Modern Yoga
  • Title : The Path of Modern Yoga
  • Author : Elliott Goldberg
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN Code : 1620555689
  • Pages : 512
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  • Language : English
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A history of yoga’s transformation from sacred discipline to exercise program to embodied spiritual practice • Identifies the origin of exercise yoga as India’s response to the mania for exercise sweeping the West in the early 20th century • Examines yoga’s transformations through the lives and accomplishments of 11 key figures, including Sri Yogendra, K. V. Iyer, Louise Morgan, Krishnamacharya, Swami Sivananda, Indra Devi, and B. K. S. Iyengar • Draws on more than 10 years of research from rare primary sources and includes 99 illustrations In The Path of Modern Yoga, Elliott Goldberg shows how yoga was transformed from a sacred practice into a health and fitness regime for middle-class Indians in the early 20th century and then gradually transformed over the course of the 20th century into an embodied spiritual practice--a yoga for our times. Drawing on more than 10 years of research from rare primary sources as well as recent scholarship, Goldberg tells the sweeping story of modern yoga through the remarkable lives and accomplishments of 11 key figures: six Indian yogis (Sri Yogendra, Swami Kuvalayananda, S. Sundaram, T. Krishnamacharya, Swami Sivananda, and B. K. S. Iyengar), an Indian bodybuilder (K. V. Iyer), a rajah (Bhavanarao Pant Pratinidhi), an American-born journalist (Louise Morgan), an Indian diplomat (Apa Pant), and a Russian-born yogi trained in India (Indra Devi). The author places their achievements within the context of such Western trends as the physical culture movement, the commodification of exercise, militant nationalism, jazz age popular entertainment, the quest for youth and beauty, and 19th-century New Age religion. In chronicling how the transformation of yoga from sacred discipline to exercise program allowed for the creation of an embodied spiritual practice, Goldberg presents an original, authoritative, provocative, and illuminating interpretation of the history of modern yoga.


Roots of Yoga by James Mallinson,Mark Singleton

Roots of Yoga
  • Title : Roots of Yoga
  • Author : James Mallinson,Mark Singleton
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • ISBN Code : 0141978244
  • Pages : 592
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  • Language : English
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'Yoga is to be known through yoga. Yoga arises from yoga. One who is vigilant by means of yoga delights in yoga for a long time' Yoga is hugely popular around the world today, yet until now little has been known of its roots. This book collects, for the first time, core teachings of yoga in their original form, translated and edited by two of the world's foremost scholars of the subject. It includes a wide range of texts from different schools of yoga, languages and eras: among others, key passages from the early Upanisads and the Mahabharata, and from the Tantric, Buddhist and Jaina traditions, with many pieces in scholarly translation for the first time. Covering yoga's varying definitions across systems, models of the esoteric and physical bodies, and its most important practices, such as posture, breath control, sensory withdrawal and meditation, Roots of Yoga is a unique and essential source of knowledge. Translated and edited with an introduction by James Mallinson and Mark Singleton


The Story of Yoga by Alistair Shearer

The Story of Yoga
  • Title : The Story of Yoga
  • Author : Alistair Shearer
  • Publisher : Hurst & Company
  • ISBN Code : 1787381927
  • Pages : 384
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  • Language : English
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How did an ancient Indian spiritual discipline turn into a $20+ billion-a-year mainstay of the global wellness industry? What happened along yoga's winding path from the caves and forests of the sages to the gyms, hospitals and village halls of the modern West? This comprehensive history sets yoga in its global cultural context for the first time. It leads us on a fascinating journey across the world, from arcane religious rituals and medieval body-magic, through muscular Christianity and the British Raj, to the Indian nationalist movement and the arrival of yoga in the twentieth-century West. We discover how the practice reached its present-day ubiquity and how it became embedded in powerful social currents shaping the world's future, such as feminism, digital media, celebrity culture, the stress pandemic and the quest for an authentic identity in the face of unprecedented change. Shearer's revealing history boasts a colorful cast of characters past and present, who tell an engaging tale of scholars and scandal, science and spirit, wisdom and waywardness. This is the untold story of yoga, warts and all.


The Yoga Tradition of the Mysore Palace by N. E. Sjoman

The Yoga Tradition of the Mysore Palace
  • Title : The Yoga Tradition of the Mysore Palace
  • Author : N. E. Sjoman
  • Publisher : Abhinav Publications
  • ISBN Code : 9788170173892
  • Pages : 124
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  • Language : English
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On the Haṭha Yoga tradition based on age old practice in Mysore Palace, with illustrations of asanas from the Yoga section of Śrītattvanidhi by Kr̥ṣṇarāja Vaḍeyara, III, Maharaja of Mysore, fl. 1799-1868; includes English translation of the text.


Yoga by Debra Diamond,Molly Emma Aitken

Yoga
  • Title : Yoga
  • Author : Debra Diamond,Molly Emma Aitken
  • Publisher : Smithsonian Books
  • ISBN Code : 1588344592
  • Pages : 328
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  • Language : English
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"Published by the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on the occasion of the exhibition Yoga: The Art of Transformation, October 19, 2013 - January 26, 2014. Organized by the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the exhibition travels to the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, February 22-May 18, 2014, and the Cleveland Museum of Art, June 22-September 7, 2014."


Yoga in Britain by Suzanne Newcombe

Yoga in Britain
  • Title : Yoga in Britain
  • Author : Suzanne Newcombe
  • Publisher : Equinox Publishing (UK)
  • ISBN Code : 9781781796603
  • Pages : 324
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Yoga in Britain reveals how yoga came to be an accepted, mainstream activity. In mid-twentieth century Britain, yoga transformed from an esoteric concept into a something that could be taught in to middle-class women in adult education classes. Much of the popularization of yoga in this context was seen in terms of being a source of potential public benefit in promoting physical health and wellbeing. Yoga was also widely acknowledged to offer an opportunity for spiritual exploration, but largely as a private, highly individual concern. Using extensive archival evidence and oral history interviews, the book stresses the importance of adult educational structures in how yoga was popularized in twentieth century Britain. It argues that this context is crucial in understanding the contemporary popularity of yoga globally.


Peace Love Yoga by Andrea R. Jain

Peace Love Yoga
  • Title : Peace Love Yoga
  • Author : Andrea R. Jain
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0190888628
  • Pages : 224
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  • Language : English
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"In Peace Love Yoga, Jain analyses growing spiritual industries and their coherence with neoliberal capitalism. "Personal growth," "self-care," and "transformation" are just some of the generative tropes in the narrative of these industries. Jain illuminates the power dynamics underlying what she calls neoliberal spirituality, illustrating how spiritual commodities are rooted in concerns about deviancy, not only in the form of low productivity but also forms of social deviancy. Jain, however, does not just offer one more voice bemoaning the commodification of spirituality as a numbing device through which consumers ignore the problems of neoliberal capitalism or as the corruption or loss of "authentic" religious forms. Instead, she asks what we should make of subversive spiritual discourses that call on adherents to think beyond the individual and even out into the environment, claims to counter the problems of unbridled capitalism with charitable giving or "conscious capitalism," challenges to the imperialism behind the appropriation and commodification of products from yoga to mindfulness, calls for women's empowerment, and efforts to greenwash commodities, making them more environmentally "friendly" or "sustainable." Rather than a mode through which consumers ignore, escape, or are numbed to the problems of neoliberal capitalism, many spiritual commodities, corporations, and entrepreneurs, Jain suggests, do actually acknowledge those problems and, in fact, subvert them; but they subvert them through mere gestures. From provocative taglines printed across t-shirts or packaging to calls for "conscious capitalism," commodification serves as a strategy through which subversion itself is contained"--


A Brief History of Yoga by Ramesh Bjonnes

A Brief History of Yoga
  • Title : A Brief History of Yoga
  • Author : Ramesh Bjonnes
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code : 9781881717638
  • Pages : 152
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  • Language : English
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Yoga is growing in popularity all over the world today, yet misconceptions about its original purpose and ancient roots abound. In this refreshing tale of the history of yoga, the author unveils the true heart of the tradition. A Brief History of Yoga is essential reading for all those who care about the past and future evolution of yoga.


The Subtle Body by Stefanie Syman

The Subtle Body
  • Title : The Subtle Body
  • Author : Stefanie Syman
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN Code : 9780374236762
  • Pages : 400
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  • Language : English
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In The Subtle Body, Stefanie Syman tells the surprising story of yoga’s transformation from a centuries-old spiritual discipline to a multibillion-dollar American industry. Yoga’s history in America is longer and richer than even its most devoted practitioners realize. It was present in Emerson’s New England, and by the turn of the twentieth century it was fashionable among the leisure class. And yet when Americans first learned about yoga, what they learned was that it was a dangerous, alien practice that would corrupt body and soul. A century later, you can find yoga in gyms, malls, and even hospitals, and the arrival of a yoga studio in a neighborhood is a signal of cosmopolitanism. How did it happen? It did so, Stefanie Syman explains, through a succession of charismatic yoga teachers, who risked charges of charlatanism as they promoted yoga in America, and through generations of yoga students, who were deemed unbalanced or even insane for their efforts. The Subtle Body tells the stories of these people, including Henry David Thoreau, Pierre A. Bernard, Margaret Woodrow Wilson, Christopher Isherwood, Sally Kempton, and Indra Devi. From New England, the book moves to New York City and its new suburbs between the wars, to colonial India, to postwar Los Angeles, to Haight-Ashbury in its heyday, and back to New York City post-9/11. In vivid chapters, it takes in celebrities from Gloria Swanson and George Harrison to Christy Turlington and Madonna. And it offers a fresh view of American society, showing how a seemingly arcane and foreign practice is as deeply rooted here as baseball or ballet. This epic account of yoga’s rise is absorbing and often inspiring—a major contribution to our understanding of our society.


The Sacred Tradition of Yoga by Shankaranarayana Jois

The Sacred Tradition of Yoga
  • Title : The Sacred Tradition of Yoga
  • Author : Shankaranarayana Jois
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • ISBN Code : 1611801729
  • Pages : 304
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  • Language : English
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"A guide to personal discipline and social ethics from a classical Sanskrit scholar, designed for the modern yoga practitioner. Students of yoga are introduced to the ancient teachings of classical Indian literature in abundant workshops and teacher trainings. But amidst this abundance there is a hunger for more insight into how practitioners can integrate this wisdom into their modern lives. In today's complex world, how is it possible to truly live as a yogi? Drawing from his deep insight into ancient Sanskrit texts, Dr. Shankaranarayana Jois connects yogic philosophy to how we approach food, work, education, relationships, and much more to support our deepest longings for true peace and happiness. The Yoga Journey focuses on the yamas and the niyamas, the personal disciplines (or restraints) and social ethics that represent the first two limbs of Ashtanga Yoga. Rather than offering a set of esoteric practices and disciplines, Dr. Jois offers clear and practical guidance to help us both understand and experience for ourselves why yogic practices are meaningful. Dr. Jois's central message underscores the benefits we can gain from adopting a yogic way of life in the modern world. His unique teachings show us the ultimate goal of yoga, and he clearly directs us toward the tools available to us for reaching that goal. Rather than suggesting that we blindly follow some prescription from the past, Jois challenges us to use our analytical mind to assess their usefulness and benefit in our daily lives. His teachings honor ancient traditions, going beyond the information and teachings being offered (and recycled) by many Western teachers"--


Selling Yoga by Andrea R. Jain

Selling Yoga
  • Title : Selling Yoga
  • Author : Andrea R. Jain
  • Publisher : OUP Us
  • ISBN Code : 019939024X
  • Pages : 240
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  • Language : English
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Premodern and early modern yoga comprise techniques with a wide range of aims, from turning inward in quest of the true self, to turning outward for divine union, to channeling bodily energy in pursuit of sexual pleasure. Early modern yoga also encompassed countercultural beliefs and practices. In contrast, today, modern yoga aims at the enhancement of the mind-body complex but does so according to contemporary dominant metaphysical, health, and fitness paradigms. Consequently, yoga is now a part of popular culture. In Selling Yoga, Andrea R. Jain explores the popularization of yoga in the context of late-twentieth-century consumer culture. She departs from conventional approaches by undermining essentialist definitions of yoga as well as assumptions that yoga underwent a linear trajectory of increasing popularization. While some studies trivialize popularized yoga systems by reducing them to the mere commodification or corruption of what is perceived as an otherwise fixed, authentic system, Jain suggests that this dichotomy oversimplifies the history of yoga as well as its meanings for contemporary practitioners. By discussing a wide array of modern yoga types, from Iyengar Yoga to Bikram Yoga, Jain argues that popularized yoga cannot be dismissed--that it has a variety of religious meanings and functions. Yoga brands destabilize the basic utility of yoga commodities and assign to them new meanings that represent the fulfillment of self-developmental needs often deemed sacred in contemporary consumer culture.


The Origins of Yoga and Tantra by Geoffrey Samuel

The Origins of Yoga and Tantra
  • Title : The Origins of Yoga and Tantra
  • Author : Geoffrey Samuel
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN Code : 9781139470216
  • Pages : N.A
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  • Language : English
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Yoga, tantra and other forms of Asian meditation are practised in modernized forms throughout the world today, but most introductions to Hinduism or Buddhism tell only part of the story of how they developed. This book is an interpretation of the history of Indic religions up to around 1200 CE, with particular focus on the development of yogic and tantric traditions. It assesses how much we really know about this period, and asks what sense we can make of the evolution of yogic and tantric practices, which were to become such central and important features of the Indic religious scene. Its originality lies in seeking to understand these traditions in terms of the total social and religious context of South Asian society during this period, including the religious practices of the general population with their close engagement with family, gender, economic life and other pragmatic concerns.


The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali by David Gordon White

The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali
  • Title : The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali
  • Author : David Gordon White
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0691197075
  • Pages : 296
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  • Language : English
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White retraces the strange and circuitous journey of Patanjali's Yoga Sutra from its ancient origins to today, bringing to life the improbable cast of characters whose interpretations and misappropriations led to its revered place in contemporary popular culture.


Yoga in Practice by David Gordon White

Yoga in Practice
  • Title : Yoga in Practice
  • Author : David Gordon White
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0691140863
  • Pages : 397
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  • Language : English
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An anthology of primary texts drawn from the diverse yoga traditions of India, greater Asia, and the West. Focuses on the lived experiences in the many world of yoga.


Yoga in Modern India by Joseph S. Alter

Yoga in Modern India
  • Title : Yoga in Modern India
  • Author : Joseph S. Alter
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • ISBN Code : 9780691118741
  • Pages : 326
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  • Language : English
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Yoga has come to be an icon of Indian culture and civilization and is regarded as being both timeless and unchanging. Based on research and an analysis of both ancient and modern texts, this book challenges this popular view by focusing on yoga's cultural production in modern India and its dramatically changing significance in the 20th century.


Dialectical Practice in Tibetan Philosophical Culture by Kenneth Liberman

Dialectical Practice in Tibetan Philosophical Culture
  • Title : Dialectical Practice in Tibetan Philosophical Culture
  • Author : Kenneth Liberman
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • ISBN Code : 0742576868
  • Pages : 338
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  • Language : English
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Tibetan Buddhist scholar-monks have long engaged in face-to-face public philosophical debates. This original study challenges Orientalist text-based scholarship, which has overlooked these lived practices of Tibetan dialectics. Kenneth Liberman brings these dynamic disputations to life for the modern reader through a richly detailed, turn-by-turn analysis of the monks' formal philosophical reasoning. He argues that Tibetan Buddhists deliberately organize their debates into formal structures that both empower and constrain thinking, skillfully using logic as an interactional tool to organize their reflections. During his three years in residence at Tibetan monastic universities, Liberman observed and videotaped the monks' debates. He then transcribed, translated, and analyzed them using multimedia software and ethnomethodological techniques, which enabled him to scrutinize the local methods that Tibetan debaters use to keep their philosophical inquiries alive. His study shows the monks rely on such indigenous dialectical methods as extending an opponent's position to its absurd consequences, "pulling the rug out" from under an opponent, and other lively strategies. This careful investigation of the formal philosophical work of Tibetan scholars is a pathbreaking analysis of an important classical tradition.


Research-Based Perspectives on the Psychophysiology of Yoga by Telles, Shirley,Singh, Nilkamal

Research-Based Perspectives on the Psychophysiology of Yoga
  • Title : Research-Based Perspectives on the Psychophysiology of Yoga
  • Author : Telles, Shirley,Singh, Nilkamal
  • Publisher : IGI Global
  • ISBN Code : 1522527893
  • Pages : 456
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  • Language : English
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Yoga has evolved into a popular fitness practice across the globe. With the various schools of practice, it is imperative for practitioners to study both traditional texts and emerging scientific research in this area. Research-Based Perspectives on the Psychophysiology of Yoga is a unique reference source for the latest academic material on the physiological effects of yoga and cultivating a deeper understanding of yoga practice through the intersection of traditional texts and contemporary research. Including a range of topics such as occupational health, neurobiology, and women’s health, this book is ideally designed for professionals, practitioners, students, educators, and academics interested in the effects, challenges, and benefits of yoga practice.


Modern Yoga by Duncan Peak

Modern Yoga
  • Title : Modern Yoga
  • Author : Duncan Peak
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code : 9780992407902
  • Pages : 270
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  • Language : English
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Modern Yoga is a complete program of personal transformation. The book shows a path through the traditions of yoga, meditation, personal development and physical yoga practice. It is the work of one of Australia's leading yogis, Duncan Peak, founder of Power Living Yoga Australia.


Threads of Yoga by Matthew S. Remski

Threads of Yoga
  • Title : Threads of Yoga
  • Author : Matthew S. Remski
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Pub
  • ISBN Code : 9781480100473
  • Pages : 240
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  • Language : English
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A new translation of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali for our present paradigm. Threads uses the lenses of contemporary philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience to "remix" the original stillness and insight of the old book with the best that our age has to offer. The author interweaves the refashioned verses with critical commentary and personal reflections from a decade of practice. "I don't know of any reading of the yoga sutras as wildly creative, as impassioned and as earnest as this. it engages Patanjali and the reader in an urgent, electrified conversation that weaves philosophy, symbolist poetry, psychoanalysis and cultural history. There's a kind of delight and freshness in this book that is very rare in writing on yoga, and especially rare in writing on the yoga sutras. This is a Patanjali for postmoderns, less a translation than a startlingly relevant report on our current condition, through the prism of this ancient text." -- Mark Singleton, author of Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice "This is a massively important work... finally a philosophical text rich in contemporary wisdom that can speak to the radical embodiment and deepening intimacy with ecology and relationship that modern yoga practice inspires. Matthew is not only the most stunning writer in prose working in the (underpaid) world of yoga discourse he's also one of its most fluent cultural critics. More importantly, what he does here is pave a new road forward for the future of Western spirituality: embodied, psychologically informed, with an aesthetic so potent it has the power to heal." -- Shyam Dodge, author of Wet, Hot & Wild American Yogi


The Great Oom by Robert Love

The Great Oom
  • Title : The Great Oom
  • Author : Robert Love
  • Publisher : Viking Adult
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 402
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  • Language : English
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Chronicles the emergence of yoga in Jazz Age New York, tracing the contributions of notorious instructor Pierre Bernard, who trained with an Indian master before introducing wealthy patrons to modern yogic principles from his increasingly profitable Hudson River ashram.


The Truth of Yoga by Daniel Simpson

The Truth of Yoga
  • Title : The Truth of Yoga
  • Author : Daniel Simpson
  • Publisher : North Point Press
  • ISBN Code : 0374722684
  • Pages : N.A
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  • Language : English
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A succinct, approachable guide to the origins, development, key texts, concepts, and practices of yoga. Yoga is practiced by many millions of people worldwide and is celebrated for its mental, physical, and spiritual benefits. And yet, as Daniel Simpson reveals in The Truth of Yoga, much of what is said about yoga is misleading. For example, the word “yoga” does not always mean union. In fact, in perhaps the discipline’s most famous text—the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali—its aim is described as separation: isolating consciousness from everything else. And yoga is not five thousand years old, as is commonly claimed; the earliest evidence of practice dates back about twenty-five hundred years. (Yoga may well be older, but no one can prove it.) The Truth of Yoga is a clear, concise, and accessible handbook for the lay reader that draws upon abundant recent scholarship. It outlines these new findings with practitioners in mind, highlighting ways to keep traditions alive in the twenty-first century.


Practice and All Is Coming by Matthew Remski

Practice and All Is Coming
  • Title : Practice and All Is Coming
  • Author : Matthew Remski
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code : 9780473472078
  • Pages : 366
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Through dogged investigative work, careful listening to survivor stories of assault and abuse, and close analysis of the cultic mechanisms at play in the sphere of Pattabhi Jois's Ashtanga community, Matthew Remski offers a sober view into a collective and intergenerational trauma. Concluding with tools to support community healing and resilience


The Goddess Pose by Michelle Goldberg

The Goddess Pose
  • Title : The Goddess Pose
  • Author : Michelle Goldberg
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • ISBN Code : 1472152050
  • Pages : 336
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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When the woman who would become Indra Devi was born in Russia in 1899, yoga was virtually unknown outside of India. By the time of her death, in 2002, it was being practiced everywhere, from Brooklyn to Berlin to Ulaanbaatar. In The Goddess Pose, New York Times best-selling author Michelle Goldberg traces the life of the incredible woman who brought yoga to the West and in so doing paints a sweeping picture of the twentieth century. Born into the minor aristocracy (as Eugenia Peterson), Devi grew up in the midst of one of the most turbulent times in human history. Forced to flee the Russian Revolution as a teenager, she joined a famous Berlin cabaret troupe, dove into the vibrant prewar spiritualist movement, and, at a time when it was nearly unthinkable for a young European woman to travel alone, followed the charismatic Theosophical leader Jiddu Krishnamurti to India. Once on the subcontinent, she performed in Indian silent cinema and hobnobbed with the leaders of the independence movement. But her greatest coup was convincing a recalcitrant master yogi to train her in the secrets of his art. Devi would go on to share what she learned with people around the world, teaching in Shanghai during World War II, then in Hollywood, where her students included Gloria Swanson and Greta Garbo. She ran a yoga school in Mexico during the height of the counterculture, served as spiritual adviser to the colonel who tried to overthrow Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega, and, in her eighties, moved to Buenos Aires at the invitation of a besotted rock star. Everywhere she went, Indra Devi evangelized for yoga, ushering in a global craze that continues unabated. Written with vivid clarity, The Goddess Pose brings her remarkable story as an actress, yogi, and globetrotting adventuress to life.


The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnu Devananda

The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga
  • Title : The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga
  • Author : Swami Vishnu Devananda
  • Publisher : Harmony
  • ISBN Code : 030778620X
  • Pages : 384
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Since 1960, more than 1 million people have used this classic guide to tap the incredible power of yoga. The attractive new edition, in a new size, will appeal to a wide audience of contemporary yoga students. From the Trade Paperback edition.


On Hinduism by Wendy Doniger

On Hinduism
  • Title : On Hinduism
  • Author : Wendy Doniger
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199360073
  • Pages : 660
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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On Hinduism is a penetrating analysis of many of the most crucial and contested issues in Hinduism, from the Vedas to the present day. In a series of 63 connected essays, it discusses Hindu concepts of polytheism, death, gender, art, contemporary puritanism, non-violence, and much more.


Yoga in Practice by David Gordon White

Yoga in Practice
  • Title : Yoga in Practice
  • Author : David Gordon White
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0691140863
  • Pages : 397
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Summary:

An anthology of primary texts drawn from the diverse yoga traditions of India, greater Asia, and the West. Focuses on the lived experiences in the many world of yoga.


Hell-Bent: Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga by Benjamin Lorr

Hell-Bent: Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga
  • Title : Hell-Bent: Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga
  • Author : Benjamin Lorr
  • Publisher : St. Martin\'s Press
  • ISBN Code : 1250017521
  • Pages : 320
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Author Benjamin Lorr wandered into a yoga studio—and fell down a rabbit hole Hell-Bent explores a fascinating, often surreal world at the extremes of American yoga. Benjamin Lorr walked into his first yoga studio on a whim, overweight and curious, and quickly found the yoga reinventing his life. He was studying Bikram Yoga (or "hot yoga") when a run-in with a master and competitive yoga champion led him into an obsessive subculture—a group of yogis for whom eight hours of practice a day in 110- degree heat was just the beginning. So begins a journey. Populated by athletic prodigies, wide-eyed celebrities, legitimate medical miracles, and predatory hucksters, it's a nation-spanning trip—from the jam-packed studios of New York to the athletic performance labs of the University of Oregon to the stage at the National Yoga Asana Championship, where Lorr competes for glory. The culmination of two years of research, and featuring hundreds of interviews with yogis, scientists, doctors, and scholars, Hell-Bent is a wild exploration. A look at the science behind a controversial practice, a story of greed, narcissism, and corruption, and a mind-bending tale of personal transformation, it is a book that will not only challenge your conception of yoga, but will change the way you view the fragile, inspirational limits of the human body itself.


The Incomplete Guide to Yoga by Charlotte Carnegie

The Incomplete Guide to Yoga
  • Title : The Incomplete Guide to Yoga
  • Author : Charlotte Carnegie
  • Publisher : John Hunt Publishing
  • ISBN Code : 1780993455
  • Pages : 666
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Whether you are completely new to yoga, a more advanced practitioner who feels they can't see the wood for the trees or simply someone who would like to know what all these people who seem to go on about yoga are actually talking about, this is the first book you need to read. The Incomplete Guide to Yoga is a comprehensive introduction and guide to yoga, covering everything from the philosophical background and history to the nuts and bolts of how to practice - and pretty much everything in between. There are hundreds of books about yoga, covering hundreds of topics and viewpoints, many conflicting with each other. If you have ever stood in a bookshop and thought I AM JUST A NORMAL PERSON WHO WANTS TO KNOW WHAT YOGA IS AND WHAT ON EARTH I AM SUPPOSED TO DO WITH IT, then reading this book will do the job nicely. The Incomplete Guide to Yoga is a unique synthesis of the many aspects of yoga, and its relationship with modern thinking. It provides clear, unbiased explanations and will leave you with your own coherent picture of yoga and how it will work for you.


Is the Body the Temple of the Soul? by Krzysztof T. Konecki

Is the Body the Temple of the Soul?
  • Title : Is the Body the Temple of the Soul?
  • Author : Krzysztof T. Konecki
  • Publisher : Jagiellonian University Press
  • ISBN Code : 9788323340089
  • Pages : 214
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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This book interprets the social significance of yoga in a world that emphasizes corporeality and the body. Immersing himself in the social world of hatha yoga participants, from an urban studio to a mountain retreat, the author's personal experience with positions and techniques, group meditation, and joint mantra is juxtaposed against interviews, photographs, video recordings on the social meaning of yoga, and philosophical analyses of where the physical and spiritual meet. This book's use of empirical qualitative research and participant observation allows for close analysis, even outright experiencing of the participants' world.


Mysticism and Alchemy through the Ages by Gary Edson

Mysticism and Alchemy through the Ages
  • Title : Mysticism and Alchemy through the Ages
  • Author : Gary Edson
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • ISBN Code : 0786490888
  • Pages : 308
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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An in-depth look into the foundations of mysticism and alchemy, this book describes both physical and spiritual aspects of the various theories and practices of transformation, with attention to the beliefs of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sufism, Tantrism, Taoism and Yoga. The connection between early mystical pursuits and the development of alchemy from ancient China, India, and Egypt through Moorish Spain and into Latin Europe are illuminated, along with the activities of early alchemists. The book, which is heavily illustrated, describes the beliefs, experiments, and secret messages that drew the believers and dreamers of the world together in search of wealth and immortality.


Yoga in the Kashmir Tradition by Billy Doyle

Yoga in the Kashmir Tradition
  • Title : Yoga in the Kashmir Tradition
  • Author : Billy Doyle
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code : 9781999353568
  • Pages : 164
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Jean Klein was a master of Advaita (non-dualism) and yoga. He taught yoga in the Kashmir Tradition, an approach based on awareness through body sensation, which is here presented by Billy Doyle, a long term student of Dr.Klein. This teaching was grounded in the non-dualistic perspective. Yoga in the Kashmir Tradition: The Art of Listening therefore covers all facets of Jean Klein's teaching.


Paths to God by Ram Dass

Paths to God
  • Title : Paths to God
  • Author : Ram Dass
  • Publisher : Harmony
  • ISBN Code : 9780307421425
  • Pages : 352
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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For centuries, readers have turned to the Bhagavad Gita for inspiration and guidance as they chart their own spiritual paths. As profound and powerful as this classic text has been for generations of seekers, integrating its lessons into the ordinary patterns of our lives can ultimately seem beyond our reach. Now, in a fascinating series of reflections, anecdotes, stories, and exercises, Ram Dass gives us a unique and accessible road map for experiencing divinity in everyday life. In the engaging, conversational style that has made his teachings so popular for decades, Ram Dass traces our journey of consciousness as it is reflected in one of Hinduism’s most sacred texts. The Gita teaches a system of yogas, or “paths for coming to union with God.” In Paths to God, Ram Dass brings the heart of that system to light for a Western audience and translates the Gita’s principles into the manual for living the yoga of contemporary life. While being a guide to the wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita, Paths to God is also a template for expanding our definition of ourselves and allowing us to appreciate a new level of meaning in our lives. From the Hardcover edition.


Positioning Yoga by Sarah Strauss

Positioning Yoga
  • Title : Positioning Yoga
  • Author : Sarah Strauss
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • ISBN Code : 1000183823
  • Pages : 224
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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What is yoga? Stereotypical images of people practicing this ancient art range from white-bearded Indian mystics chanting 'om' on mountaintops to urban fitness fanatics contorted into uncomfortable looking positions. We recognize the name, but may not realize how the set of ideas and practices known as yoga moved from its birthplace on the Indian subcontinent to become a global phenomenon. Positioning Yoga considers how the recent development of yoga, from its introduction to Western audiences by the Indian Swami Vivekananda at the 1893 Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago through to the present day, has generated specific forms of modern practice. Strauss takes us on an illuminating journey from India to Germany and America, and back again to India. While acknowledging yogas point of origin, Strauss explores how yogic practices and ideas have been transformed when they cross cultural boundaries.Yoga can be defined in many ways as an attitude, a philosophic system, a set of practices, a way of being in the world but its definition is always located within a particular historical context. What makes yoga practitioners affiliated with Swami Sivanandas Divine Life Society of Rishikesh, India - whether they hail from India, North America, or Europe - unique? What values around the world have supported the surging popularity of yoga over the past century? This absorbing book considers how lifestyle values have made yoga a global industry and shows how culture is produced and disseminated across boundaries.


Yoga Beyond Belief by Ganga White

Yoga Beyond Belief
  • Title : Yoga Beyond Belief
  • Author : Ganga White
  • Publisher : North Atlantic Books
  • ISBN Code : 9781556436468
  • Pages : 232
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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"An integrative, new vision and context for yoga, illuminating its internal dynamics, providing inspiration and guidance for a lifetime of practice, and appealing to anyone practicing this tradition--from beginner to experienced student--this book offersa