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Positioning Yoga


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Re-Orienting Yoga * Lives and Histories: Rishikesh, Sivananda, and the Divine Life Society * Balancing Acts: Doing Yoga in Rishikesh * Moving Out: Yoga for a Transnational Community of Practice * Yoga: A Global Positioning System * Afterword: Virtual Yoga

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Also available in hardback, 9781859737347 GBP50.00 (December, 2004)

About the Author

Sarah Strauss is Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Wyoming .


'This wonderful study takes yoga out of the realm of Orientalism and Western romantic clich and shows that it is truly a flexible and circulating system of ideas, both in its bodily techniques and as an example of the cross-cultural flow of ideas about health, lifestyle and well-being. This is an exciting contribution to the study of global cultural flows at the same time as it shows how a specialized religious idiom can become a dynamic global industry. It will be of great interest to anthropologists, Asianists, scholars of religion and to the general reader who is curious to know how yoga really flows.' Arjun Appadurai, New School University 'Provides the reader with much valuable historical data, insightful analysis and stimulating interpretative constructs.' Elizabeth De Michelis, University of Cambridge 'Strauss has given us a marvellous account of the local and global forces that have shaped Sivananda's brand of yoga. This book is required reading for those who are interested in the globalization of culture.' Peter van der Veer, Utrecht University 'Drawing on her long-term practice and extensive theoretical studies of yoga, Strauss shows an impressive knowledge of this alluring relaxation technique, which is everywhere around us. This is an engaging book about health, fitness and spirituality.' Helena Wulff, Stockholm University 'I enjoyed 'Positioning Yoga' as a warm and scholarly tribute to a remarkable exponent of mainstream modern yoga and his disciples. Strauss's careful fieldwork will be of value to academic specialists, practitioners of yoga and a wide range of more general readers'. David Gosling, THES 'Overall this is an enjoyable book with sections that can be utilised as readings in the ethnography of modernity and globalisation, of bodily practice and the consumption of ideology.' Olga Demetriou, Social Anthropology (No. 15.3, 2007)

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