Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice

Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice

Mark Singleton

Yoga is so established within the sleek world--practiced through pop stars, taught in faculties, and provided in yoga facilities, healthiness golf equipment, or even purchasing malls--that we take its presence, and its that means, without any consideration. yet how did the present yoga growth occur? And is it quite rooted in old Indian practices, as lots of its adherents claim?

In this groundbreaking booklet, Mark Singleton calls into query many quite often held ideals in regards to the nature and origins of postural yoga (asana) and indicates a significantly new method of knowing the that means of yoga because it is practiced by way of thousands of individuals internationally this day. Singleton indicates that, opposite to well known trust, there is not any proof within the Indian culture for the type of overall healthiness and fitness-oriented asana perform that dominates the worldwide yoga scene of the twenty-first century. Singleton's surprising--and without doubt controversial--thesis is that yoga because it is popularly practiced this day owes a better debt to fashionable Indian nationalism and, much more strangely, to the non secular aspirations of ecu bodybuilding and early 20th-century women's gymnastic pursuits of Europe and the USA, than it does to any old Indian yoga culture. This discovery allows Singleton to provide an explanation for, as nobody has performed prior to, how the main conventional types of postural yoga, like Ashtanga, Bikram and "Hatha" yoga, got here to be the highly well known phenomena they're today.

Drawing on a wealth of infrequent files from information in India, the united kingdom and the us, in addition to interviews with the few final, now very aged figures within the Nineteen Thirties Mysore asana revival, Yoga Body turns the normal knowledge approximately yoga on its head.

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