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By Sarah Strauss

What's yoga? Stereotypical photos of individuals working towards this old artwork variety from white-bearded Indian mystics chanting 'om' on mountaintops to city health lovers contorted into uncomfortable taking a look positions. We realize the identify, yet won't discover how the set of rules and practices often called yoga moved from its birthplace at the Indian subcontinent to turn into an international phenomenon. Positioning Yoga considers how the hot improvement of yoga, from its creation to Western audiences via the Indian Swami Vivekananda on the 1893 Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago via to the current day, has generated particular types of glossy perform. Strauss takes us on an illuminating trip from India to Germany and the USA, and again back to India. whereas acknowledging yogas element of foundation, Strauss explores how yogic practices and concepts were reworked after they go cultural boundaries.Yoga could be outlined in lots of methods as an perspective, a philosophic process, a suite of practices, a fashion of being on this planet yet its definition is often situated inside a specific historic context. What makes yoga practitioners affiliated with Swami Sivanandas Divine existence Society of Rishikesh, India - whether or not they hail from India, North the US, or Europe - special? What values all over the world have supported the surging approval for yoga over the last century? This soaking up publication considers how way of life values have made yoga an international and indicates how tradition is produced and disseminated throughout obstacles.

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