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History of Modern Yoga : Patanjali and Western Esotericism.

Author: Elizabeth De Michelis
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014. ©2008
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A History of Modern Yoga traces the roots of Modern Yoga back to the spread of western esoteric ideas in 18th century Bengal's intellectual circles. In due course Raja Yoga, published by Vivekananda in 1896, became the seminal text of Modern Y.
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De Michelis, Elizabeth.
History of Modern Yoga : Patanjali and Western Esotericism.
London : Bloomsbury Publishing, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth De Michelis
ISBN: 9780826439734 082643973X
OCLC Number: 968293364
Notes: Restrictions on access to electronic version: access available to SOAS staff and students only, using SOAS id and password.
Description: 1 online resource (301 pages)
Contents: List of figures and tables --
Acknowledgements --
List of abbreviations --
Introduction --
What is Modern Yoga? --
Modern Yoga scholarship --
Some notes on terminology --
Esoteric myopia --
Description of contents --
PART I: THE PREHISTORY OF MODERN YOGA --
1. Roots of Modern Yoga --
"Esotericism" as academic field of research --
The worldview of Western esotericism --
Esotericism in classical and modern Hinduism --
Mysticism, cult and sect --
From mysticism to cultic milieu --
New Age religion vs. New Age movement --
Classical Hinduism vs. modern Hindu elaborations --
The beginnings of Neo-Hinduism --
Esoteric East-West cross-influences in historical perspective --
The Brahmo Samaj and the occultization of Neo-Vedānta --
2. The religious foundations of Modern Yoga --
The turning point between classical Hinduism and Neo-Vedānta: Rammohan Roy's Neo-Vedāntic Enlightenment --
Neo-Vedāntic Enlightenment to Neo-Vedāntic Romanticism --
From Neo-Vedāntic Romanticism to Neo-Vedāntic "spiritualism" --
3. Vivekananda and the emergence of Neo-Vedāntic occultism --
Vivekananda: spiritual hero or esoteric seeker? --
Vivekananda's esoteric biography I: India --
Vivekananda's esoteric biography II: the West --
4. "God-realization" and "Self-realization" in Neo-Vedānta --
Pervasiveness of Vivekananda's Neo-Vedāntic influences --
Centrality of the "realization" theme --
Ultimate aims: Vedāntic and Neo-Vednāntic --
Classical interpretations of ātma- and brahmajñāna --
Early attempts at translation and contextualization: Rammohan Roy --
Subsequent attempts at translation and contextualization by Brahmo leaders and others --
Ramakrishna and his interpreters: the elaboration of a sampradāya --
PART II: MODERN YOGA THEORY AND PRACTICE --
5. Vivekananda's Rāja Yoga (1896): Modern Yoga formulated --
Rāja Yoga: style, structure and overall contents. An emanationist cosmology --
The Prāna Model --
The Samādhi Model --
The Neo-Advaitic component --
Yogic experience in classical Vedānta --
The Yoga Sutras: a rājayoga textbook? --
6. Twentieth-century developments of Modern Yoga --
Alternative medicine and New Age religiosity --
Towards a typology of Modern Yoga --
The development of Modern Postural Yoga: 1950s to date --
The lyengar School of Modern Postural Yoga --
7. Theory and practice of lyengar Yoga --
lyengar's Modern Yoga trilogy --
Light on Yoga (1966): the Popularization period --
Light on Prānāyāma (1981): the Consolidation period --
Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali (1993): the Acculturation period --
8. Conclusion: Modern Postural Yoga as healing ritual of secular religion --
MPY in everyday life --
The MPY practice session --
MPY as healing ritual of secular religion --
Bibliography --
Index --
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B --
C --
D --
E --
F --
G --
H --
I --
J --
K --
L --
M --
N --
O --
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A History of Modern Yoga traces the roots of Modern Yoga back to the spread of western esoteric ideas in 18th century Bengal's intellectual circles. In due course Raja Yoga, published by Vivekananda in 1896, became the seminal text of Modern Y.

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