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Yoga body : the origins of modern posture practice

Author: Mark Singleton
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2010] ©2010
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This volume examines the roots and early development of modern hatha (postural) yoga. The author concentrates on the transition from the classical conception of yoga as a philosophical system to the version we recognize today. He argues that the popularly practiced yoga of today owes a greater debt to modern Indian nationalism and, even more surprisingly, to the spiritual aspirations of European bodybuilding and  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Singleton
ISBN: 9780195395341 0195395344 9780195395358 0195395352
OCLC Number: 318191988
Description: viii, 262 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
A brief overview of yoga in the Indian tradition --
Fakirs, yogins, Europeans --
Popular portrayals of the yogin --
India and the international physical culture movement --
Modern Indian physical culture : degeneracy and experimentation --
Yoga as physical culture I : strength and vigor --
Yoga as physical culture II : harmonial gymnastics and esoteric dance --
The medium and the message : visual reproduction and the āsana revival --
T. Krishnamacharya and the Mysore āsana revival.
Responsibility: Mark Singleton.

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This volume examines the roots and early development of modern hatha (postural) yoga. The author concentrates on the transition from the classical conception of yoga as a philosophical system to the version we recognize today. He argues that the popularly practiced yoga of 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 gymnastics movements of Europe and America, than it does to any ancient Indian yoga tradition.

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This book, an invaluable source on modern yoga, should be on the reading list of every serious student and teacher training program. * Richard Rosen, Yoga Journal * What Mark Singleton does prove, Read more...

 
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