21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics, and Practice

oga may be rooted in ancient India, but it ’ s morphed into something new in North America today.

Precisely what that might be, however, is ifficult to say. Yoga is taught everywhere from spas to prisons, and foreverything from weight loss to spiritual transcendence. With its chameleon-like ability to adapt equally well to advertising, athletics, and ashrams, contemporary yoga is a fascinating phenomenon that invites investigation.

Written by experienced practitioners who are also teachers, psychologist, activists, scholars, studio owners, and interfaith ministers, 21st Century Yoga is one of the las book to provide a multi-faceted examination of yoga as it actually exists in contemporary North America. Key themes addressed in the essays include:

- The importanc of the ody in yoga culture
- Yoga ’ s capacities and limitations as a healing modality
- Mind/body splits in the yoga and Zen communities
- Healing anorexia through yoga
- Holistic recovery through yoga and the 12 Steps
- Social engagement and interdependence
- Imagination, ationality, and onsciousness
- Contemporary spirituality
- Yoga and the ractice of writing
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Published September 2012 by Kleio Books
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Kimball and Harvey masterfully put together a book of essay on yoga that provided the reading world with something other than a " happy go-lucky " reading of what is going on in the yoga community and the business of yoga.There were two essays that had a substantial impact on me personally -- they were the 2 essays that I thought would be the least significant since the topic seemed to be either common or I thought too preachy.

I will remember these 2 essays the most because they got to the core of why I practice and teach: Yoga in the estern World is a ool for connection.

A tool to practice communing not only with our personal body but with the community of beings we 're in relationship with.As for the book as a whole, I feel like it was a great exploration of many different opics, but I was disappointed by the claim that humor was nonexistent.

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Everyone who 's really interested in yoga 's influence and rise in the U.S. should read this.

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One I didn ’ t like, well I forget who it was, but one of the authors wrote this thing about how yoga in North America was its own thing and that it ’ s not cultural appropriation because it ’ s changed.

There ’ s anythin wrong with doing yoga, hell, there ’ s anythin wrong with adapting it to be ppropriate for the cultural change text it ’ s being practiced in BUT it still matters to have knowledge of and respect for the traditions it comes from when acknowledging why some practices ( particularly the more monastic ones, like celibacy) aren ’ t suitable for the new setting.

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This novel contains essays written by modern yoga teachers expressing their viewpoints on the state of modern Yoga, primarily as practiced in the south.

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