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Yoga - Philosophy for Everyone

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix John Friend Editor s Introduction xiv Liz Stillwaggon Swan Acknowledgments xxvi PART 1 COMING INTO THE SPACE: WHAT IS YOGA? 1 1 How Yoga Won the West 3 Jennifer Munyer 2 Will I Find My Guru in India? 15 Kieran McManus 3 The Seeker: How Yoga is Meeting Changing Western Spiritual Needs 24 David Robles 4 Men, Sports, and Yoga 36 Barbara Purcell and Andrew Shaffer 5 Standing on Your Head, Seeing Things Right Side Up 47 Steve Jacobson PART 2 THE ASANAS: YOGA AND THE BODY 59 6 Help! My Philosophy Teacher Made Me Touch My Toes! 61 Ken Burak 7 Man a Machine, Man a Yogi: Why Yoga s Critics will Come Around 73 J. Neil Otte 8 Yoga for Women? The Problem of Beautiful Bodies 84 Luna Dolezal 9 The Feeling of Beauty: A Yoga Project 94 Nicole Dunas 10 Picturing Yoga: Yoga Journal and the Perfect Form 106 Debra Merskin PART 3 PRANA: YOGA S VITAL ENERGY 117 11 My Guidance Counselor Always Said I d be a Great Yoga Student 119 Eric Swan 12 Balance in Yoga and Aristotle 129 Leigh Duffy 13 Healing the Western Mind through Yoga 139 Abby Thompson 14 The Path to Happiness Begins with a Journey Inside 149 Jim Berti PART 4 YAMAS AND NIYAMAS: ETHICS AND YOGA 159 15 Get Out of My Way! I m Late for Yoga! 161 Jeff Logan 16 Yoga Off the Mat 166 Julinna Oxley 17 Becoming-Frog: Yoga as Environmentalism 178 Megan M. Burke 18 Yoga and Ethics: The Importance of Practice 187 Paul Ulhas MacNeill 19 Why are You Standing on my Yoga Mat?! 200 Heather Salazar Notes on Contributors 212 ?

About the Author

Liz Stillwaggon Swan has a PhD in philosophy and is acertified yoga instructor. Her niche in the world is helping peopleexercise their brains and their bodies. Her recent publications inthe emerging field of biosemiotics explore how we use our brainsand bodies to make sense of the world. She is also a new mother anddelights in watching her son practice happy baby pose. SeriesEditor: Fritz Allhoff is an associate professor in the philosophydepartment at Western Michigan University, as well as a seniorresearch fellow at the Australian National University's Centre forApplied Philosophy and Public Ethics. In addition to editingthe Philosophy for Everyone series, he is also the volumeeditor or co-editor for several titles, including Wine PHIlosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007), Whiskey PHIlosophy (with Marcus P. Adams, Wiley, 2009), and Food& Philosophy (with Dave Monroe, Wiley-Blackwell,2007). His academic research interests engage variousfacets of applied ethics, ethical theory, and the history andphilosophy of science.


"This fascinating collection of essays reveals that although yoga means something different to each person, it is a powerful a movement today as when it first began." (Yoga Magazine, 1 February 2012)

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