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A History of Modern Yoga


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Introduction; Part I: The Prehistory of Modern Yoga; 1. Roots of Modern Yoga; 2. The Religious Foundations of Modern Yoga; 3. Vivekananda and the Emergence of Neo-Vedantic Occultism; 4. "God-Realisation" and "Self-Realisation" in Neo-Vedanta; Part II: Modern Yoga Theory and Practice; 5. Vivekananda's Raja-Yoga (1896): Modern Yoga Formulated; 6. 20th Century Developments of Modern Yoga; 7. Theory and Practice of Lyengar Yoga; 8. Conclusion: Modern Postural Yoga as Healing Ritual of Secular; Religion

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Elizabeth De Michelis is Director of the Dharam Hinduja Institute of Indic Research at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge.


"'Carefully researched and closely-argued... Far more than a reconstruction of the history of Modern Yoga, the book is an important contribution to the history of Orientalism, the Brahmo Samaj, and Neo-Vedanta.' Professor David Gordon White, Department of Religious Studies University of California, Santa Barbara; 'A History of Modern Yoga is a timely work of astute, rigorous, critical scholarship. De Michelis has done an outstanding job.' Professor Joseph Alter, University of Pittsburgh"

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