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Yoga in the Modern World


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Part I: Mapping the Terrain of Modern Yoga Studies

1. Modern Yoga: History and Forms (ELIZABETH DE MICHELIS)

2. Yoga Shivir: Methodological and Ethical Problems in the Study of Modern Yoga (JOSEPH S. ALTER)

3. `Adapt, Adjust, Accommodate': The Production of Yoga in a Transnational World (SARAH STRAUSS)

Part II: Posturing for Authenticity

4. The Classical Reveries of Modern Yoga: Patanjali and Constructive Orientalism (MARK SINGLETON)

5. The Reflexivity of the Authenticity of Hatha Yoga (KENNETH LIBERMAN)

Part III: Spirituality, Sexuality & Authority: Understanding the Experience of Modern Yoga Practice

6. Empowerment and Using the Body in Modern Postural Yoga (KLAS NEVRIN)

7. `With heat even iron will bend': Discipline and authority in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga (BENJAMIN RICHARD SMITH)

8. The Numinous and Cessative in Modern Yoga (STUART RAY SARBACKER)

9. From Fusion to Confusion: A Consideration of Sex and Sexuality in Traditional and Contemporary Yoga (MIKEL BURLEY)

About the Author

Mark Singleton teaches at St. John's College, Santa Fe, USA. He works on the history of ideas within transnational modern yoga, and he is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Hinduism (Routledge 2007). Jean Byrne is affiliated with the University of Queensland, Australia and her research explores the intersection of feminist theory and yoga philosophy and practice. She lectures in Eastern Philosophy and runs The Yoga Space in Perth, Australia where she teaches Ashtanga Yoga.

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