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Yoga is so prevalent in the modern world practiced by pop stars, taught in schools, and offered in yoga centers, health clubs, and even shopping malls that we take its presence, and its meaning, for granted But how did the current yoga boom happen And is it really rooted in ancient Indian practices, as many of its adherents claim In this groundbreaking book, Mark Sing Yoga is so prevalent in the modern world practiced by pop stars, taught in schools, and offered in yoga centers, health clubs, and even shopping malls that we take its presence, and its meaning, for granted But how did the current yoga boom happen And is it really rooted in ancient Indian practices, as many of its adherents claim In this groundbreaking book, Mark Singleton calls into question many commonly held beliefs about the nature and origins of postural yoga asana and suggests a radically new way of understanding the meaning of yoga as it is practiced by millions of people across the world today Singleton shows that, contrary to popular belief, there is no evidence in the Indian tradition for the kind of health and fitness oriented asana practice that dominates the global yoga scene of the twenty first century Singleton s surprising and surely controversial thesis is that yoga as it is popularly practiced today owes a greater debt to modern Indian nationalism and, even surprisingly, to the spiritual aspirations of European bodybuilding and early 20th century women s gymnastic movements of Europe and America, than it does to any ancient Indian yoga tradition This discovery enables Singleton to explain, as no one has done before, how the most prevalent forms of postural yoga, like Ashtanga, Bikram and Hatha yoga, came to be the hugely popular phenomena they are today Drawing on a wealth of rare documents from archives in India, the UK and the USA, as well as interviews with the few remaining, now very elderly figures in the 1930s Mysore asana revival, Yoga Body turns the conventional wisdom about yoga on its head Get A CopyKindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleKoboApple iBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 262 pages Published February 1st 2010 by Oxford University Press, USA first published 2010 More Details ISBN 0195395344 ISBN13 9780195395341 Edition Language English Other Editions 4 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Yoga Body, please sign up

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Lists with This Book Yoga 13 books 5 voters Jack Daws Condolarthian Roadtrip to Destruction 23 books 1 voter More lists with this book Community Reviews showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter May 13, 2010 Andrea rated it it was amazing Shelves yoga Yoga Body The Origins of Modern Posture Practice I had to add the subtitle, b c for some reason goodreads didn t And it s really pretty important, imo Because this is NOT just another yoga history book that focuses on the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita and blahdeblah This is an incredibly documented history of modern yoga practice the practice you get at Yoga Tree or Yoga Mayu or wherever the heck you practice in whatever city you live Whatever the lineage you practice Ashtanga, Vi Yoga Body The Origins of Modern Posture Practice I had to add the subtitle, b c for some reason goodreads didn t And it s really pretty important, imo Because this is NOT just another yoga history book that focuses on the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita and blahdeblah This is an incredibly documented history of modern yoga practice the practice you get at Yoga Tree or Yoga Mayu or wherever the heck you practice in whatever city you live Whatever the lineage you practice Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Jivamukti, Anusara, Iyengar, they ALL owe their historical dues to well, to a history that you might not expect How much DID the ancient yoga texts discuss physical practice Why IS it that when most people think of yoga today, they only think of pretzel poses I don t want to give much away, because the book is so fascinating to read ALTHOUGH CAVEAT it s very academic and assumes at least some knowledge and understanding of what s been given to us as yoga history e.g., the Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and who the heck Patanjali, Pattabhi Jois, and Krishnamacharya are So not for beginners That said, I believe EVERY YOGA TEACHER should read this, and I m not kidding WHATEVER your lineage or whatever you think your lineage is ha , it s super important to understand this history and how modern postural yoga as we know it came to be Think combine every incredible combination of physical training, postural training, military training, bodybuilding, gymnastics, plus Protestant New Thought, New Age, and mystical women s stretching and you ve pretty much reached a modern lululemon advertisement for yoga pants NOT that there s anything wrong with modern physical yoga asana practice Heck, it s how I make my living But to really understand WHY we do the poses we do and HOW this all came to be this understandably controversial book opened my eyes to modern yoga practice in ways that MY teachers probably never even knew or understood themselves.My review, in essence Wow WOW WowowowowOWWWWW Bonus incredible, awesome old photosYes, extreme yoga geekism Yes, fascinating historical stuff flag 11 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 01, 2011 Sam rated it liked it This book is ok It has lots of great info but there are some problems Singleton tries to cram so much research and history into 200 pages that it comes off like a whirlwind tour through a bunch of stuff that most people will not be even slightly familiar with The book might have done well to be like 500 pages On the other hand, Singleton s writing veers from captivating and insightful to reminding me of my college research papers, i.e here s my thesis, here s my evidence, here are my refere This book is ok It has lots of great info but there are some problems Singleton tries to cram so much research and history into 200 pages that it comes off like a whirlwind tour through a bunch of stuff that most people will not be even slightly familiar with The book might have done well to be like 500 pages On the other hand, Singleton s writing veers from captivating and insightful to reminding me of my college research papers, i.e here s my thesis, here s my evidence, here are my references, here s my summary And since there is so much to get through, his points end up being only barely made, before he s off on some other subject Only in a few places does he really spend enough time with something, notably at the beginning and the end A great overview of a seminal period of yoga history, but it could have been polished and expanded and juiced up with some personality, humor, wit, confidence, sass, anything Also there are a lot of typos lol flag 5 likesLike see review May 15, 2012 Frank Jude rated it really liked it Shelves cultural history, yoga Already two years old, though I was aware of the general gist of this amazingly well researched book, I only just got to read it and have learned so much about the specifics of the history of asana and how it s come to be practiced as it is in the contemporary yoga world As Gary Krafstow writes work offers a much needed historical perspective that will help correct much of the mythology and group think that is emerging in the modern asana based yoga world Sadly, I ve still not seen Already two years old, though I was aware of the general gist of this amazingly well researched book, I only just got to read it and have learned so much about the specifics of the history of asana and how it s come to be practiced as it is in the contemporary yoga world As Gary Krafstow writes work offers a much needed historical perspective that will help correct much of the mythology and group think that is emerging in the modern asana based yoga world Sadly, I ve still not seen this information getting through to most practitioners OR teachers, AND, what s , even those who are familiar with this book often don t understand it s deeper significance And of course, there are the true believing deniers, who simply cannot abide with the fact that their precious practice isn t truly rooted in antiquity So, if you are a teacher of yoga, it s my opinion that you must read this book And if you are a practitioner, I think it would be best for your practice to read this book flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 05, 2010 Amber rated it it was amazing Shelves 2010, sacred dance This book was utterly fascinating I would only recommend it to serious yoga practitioners because it is very scholarly, complete with a sixteen page bibliography Please read it with an open mind, as it will definitely shatter your preconceived notions of yoga flag 3 likesLike see review Sep 24, 2011 Antiloquax rated it it was amazing Just read the first couple of chapters Fascinating study of the rise of the physical side of Yoga asanas in what he calls transnational anglophone yoga Basically he is saying that in the oldest forms of Yoga, the postures were not that important the emphasis was on meditation The current state of Yoga which is often just a form of gymnsatics came about he says due to the interaction between Yoga and Western physical culture flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 26, 2010 Eugene marked it as to read slight diversion from normal reading habits, but stumbled upon this author s article in yoga journal it seemed like it should be a cover story but the article is strangely buried within dunno why exactly but thought its argument should get some passing around i found the piece oddly shocking yoga scholar singleton argues that the current popular asana practice of western yoga is not the centuries old tradition it advertises itself to be but an odd and relatively new conflation of, amon slight diversion from normal reading habits, but stumbled upon this author s article in yoga journal it seemed like it should be a cover story but the article is strangely buried within dunno why exactly but thought its argument should get some passing around i found the piece oddly shocking yoga scholar singleton argues that the current popular asana practice of western yoga is not the centuries old tradition it advertises itself to be but an odd and relatively new conflation of, among other things, scandanavian health exercises and martial arts prescribed by colonial india s fight for independence from the publisher s website Singleton shows that, contrary to popular belief, there is no evidence in the Indian tradition for the kind of health and fitness oriented asana practice that dominates the global yoga scene of the twenty first century Singleton s surprising and surely controversial thesis is that yoga as it is popularly practiced today owes a greater debt to modern Indian nationalism and, even surprisingly, to the spiritual aspirations of European bodybuilding and early 20th century women s gymnastic movements of Europe and America, than it does to any ancient Indian yoga tradition This discovery enables Singleton to explain, as no one has done before, how the most prevalent forms of postural yoga, like Ashtanga, Bikram and Hatha yoga, came to be the hugely popular phenomena they are today ___________________________relatedly this two part interview with singleton speaks about various losses of translation losses both of the scriptural kind sutras and in terms of physical posture practice here s part two of that interview which deals with the origins of modern posture practice, the subtitle of YOGA BODY flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Mar 23, 2014 Althea rated it really liked it I had a religion professor in college who was an expert in Chinese Buddhism She talked a lot about the ways Buddhism changed when it moved from India to China The male Avalokiteshvara became the female Quan Yin as part of that transition She also told us that many early sutras were authored in China by Chinese authors, then back translated to create a Sanskrit original to give the sutra legitimacy I thought of this process time after time reading Yoga Body It s fascinating to see the tran I had a religion professor in college who was an expert in Chinese Buddhism She talked a lot about the ways Buddhism changed when it moved from India to China The male Avalokiteshvara became the female Quan Yin as part of that transition She also told us that many early sutras were authored in China by Chinese authors, then back translated to create a Sanskrit original to give the sutra legitimacy I thought of this process time after time reading Yoga Body It s fascinating to see the transition of a practice from one culture to another in any context, but even fascinating with a tradition I think of myself as a part of Singleton s thesis is one of cross pollination Existing yogic traditions in India, other largely forgotten gymnastic traditions from Europe, a local Indian wish for an authentically Indian system of gymnastics, a general distrust of wandering ascetic yogis, and a European and American fascination with the East all melded into this thing we call yoga today But, because everyone seemed to agree that postural yoga was only legitimate if it was ancient, that entire fascinating process was then overlaid with origin stories that obscured that cross pollination It s a fascinating story Though you can easily tell this was originally an academic paper I think it s adapted from his thesis , it s surprisingly engaging to a lay reader like me.I read the reviews for this before reading the book, and feel some need to respond First, Singleton s thesis is often way oversimplified to portray him as claiming that all yoga is fake or that yoga is only modern A closer read of his book makes this an obvious misrepresentation Recent interviews with him concur Second, he clearly doesn t hate yoga, and isn t looking to discredit it Indeed, he appears to be a dedicated practitioner On the other hand, if you happen to be an ashtanga yogi really wedded to the idea that Jois found the only existing copy of an ancient sutra later eaten by ants which set out the ashtanga series exactly as it s practiced today, I can see why this book would be enormously disheartening flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 02, 2012 Geoff rated it liked it Shelves health, read in 2013 Yoga Body is a mixed bag It is a scholarly book that dives deep into the physical culture of India in the late 19th and early 20th century It is such a scholarly book in fact, that I can t tell you how many times I fell asleep reading it I am deeply interested in Singleton s chosen topic, but the writing is so dry that I ended up being slightly bored, and mostly disappointed Which isn t to say that I disagree with his conclusion, just that it could have been presented in a much appealin Yoga Body is a mixed bag It is a scholarly book that dives deep into the physical culture of India in the late 19th and early 20th century It is such a scholarly book in fact, that I can t tell you how many times I fell asleep reading it I am deeply interested in Singleton s chosen topic, but the writing is so dry that I ended up being slightly bored, and mostly disappointed Which isn t to say that I disagree with his conclusion, just that it could have been presented in a much appealing way.Starting with the introduction, the reader is inundated by a flood of names and dates that continues on, all the way through to the end of the book This would not be so bad if the author had included at least one timeline, or a genealogy in the book Sadly, neither is included as there is not a single graphic, diagram or map relating people to places and or times to be found As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and I feel that the addition of just a single timeline could have enhanced this book immensely However, speaking of pictures, some of the photos that are included, are real gems I considered the photos to be the real highlight of the book Just when you are getting tired of Singleton s prose, along will come an early 20th century, or late 19th century photo of someone performing an asana that will be immediately recognizable by anyone who has taken a yoga class in the last thirty years Consider these photos your rewards for being able to get through that much of the book Ultimately, I feel that most readers would find what they are looking for from the book if they just skipped all of the beginning chapters and went straight to the final chapter of the book, chapter nine In the final chapter, readers will likely be familiar with the names of the people and be comfortable in reading just the authors conclusion You can also get a lot from just reading the reviews on the back cover than from some of the chapters on the inside If you are still looking for after reading the back cover, and the final chapter, perhaps try reading the book s chapters in reverse order flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 04, 2011 Erica rated it really liked it I was extremely excited about this book at first And it did deliver much of what I wanted from it a clear eyed history of yoga focusing on the 20th century Among the fascinating findings yoga has been part of physical athletic body culture in America alligned with the strenuous life of Teddy Roosevelt, the muscle building crazes of the early 20th century, etc In addition, yoga was popularized in India in the 20th century as a way to find strength and beauty against their Britis I was extremely excited about this book at first And it did deliver much of what I wanted from it a clear eyed history of yoga focusing on the 20th century Among the fascinating findings yoga has been part of physical athletic body culture in America alligned with the strenuous life of Teddy Roosevelt, the muscle building crazes of the early 20th century, etc In addition, yoga was popularized in India in the 20th century as a way to find strength and beauty against their British colonizers Yoga was about nationalism This was a real revelation, one which actually makes yoga all the fascinating to me I have two critiques of the book there was very little about the spiritual elements of yoga in the 20th century I wanted to know the roots of these as well, and the author was very, very focused only on physical yoga asana Second, I m a professional historian, and this was hard slogging for me at points because of the dry and complex writing The cover of the book sells it as a mass market yoga book, but don t be fooled it s real history I love real history, but this could have been made palatable before the press flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 17, 2010 Morgan rated it really liked it Awesome Uses plenty if pictures and solid research to dismantle some of the doctrine we ve been fed about yoga and it s origins, effectively blowing a hole in some of the West s tendencies toward orientalism and appropriation If you re just flipping through this, the chapter on Mysore chapter 9 is a hilarious standalone that explains a lot of what yoga is today and why flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 06, 2010 JulieB rated it it was ok This book was a little too academic for my level of interest in the topic The premise was intriguing that modern yoga asana posture practice owes its roots as much to western physical culture as it does to any ancient eastern practice I think I would have been interested in reading the Malcolm Gladwell version of the material flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 07, 2010 Amy is currently reading it Just awesome takes all the fake preachiness out of the history and evolution of asana and looks at the historical reality of the practice It s not what you think flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 03, 2014 Bernie Gourley rated it liked it Shelves yoga I was excited to stumble across this book because it proposed fresh insights into the history and development of posture centric yoga Singleton s premise is that yoga as it s practiced in studios around the world today i.e practices focused heavily on asana, or postures has almost nothing to do with historic yogic traditions and is to a large extent European or Western fitness practices fed back to the world with a patina of Indian ness instilled by a few Indian fitness teachers e.g T K I was excited to stumble across this book because it proposed fresh insights into the history and development of posture centric yoga Singleton s premise is that yoga as it s practiced in studios around the world today i.e practices focused heavily on asana, or postures has almost nothing to do with historic yogic traditions and is to a large extent European or Western fitness practices fed back to the world with a patina of Indian ness instilled by a few Indian fitness teachers e.g T Krishnamacharya and students This is a bold and stunning hypothesis The problem is that Singleton leaves plenty of room to doubt his thesis I m not saying that I m certain Singleton is wrong, but after reading the book I m no inclined to believe his hypothesis than when I first read the book blurb The book consists of nine chapters 1 A Brief Overview of Yoga in the Indian Tradition2 Fakirs, Yogins, Europeans3 Popular Portrayals of the Yogin4 India and the International Physical Culture Movement5 Modern Indian Physical Culture Degeneracy and Experimentation6 Yoga as Physical Culture I Strength and Vigor7 Yoga as Physical Culture II Harmonial Gymnastics and Esoteric Dance8 The Medium and the Message Visual Reproduction and the Asana Revival9 T Krishnamacharya and the Mysore Asana RevivalOne can see the flow of the book in this chapter listing It begins by describing the ancient yogic traditions e.g Jnana yoga, Bhakti yoga, and Karma yoga Singleton then goes on to put immense weight on very few voices that were speaking globally about yoga in the late 19th century largely European but notably including Swami Vivekananda This, by the way, is where I noticed the most glaring weaknesses of the book There seems to be an assumption that what the most vocal people were saying during this time was the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth One will note that the late 19th century is an arbitrary point to make the critical juncture for a study of yoga this era s sole importance seems to be in that that s when Europeans started entering the scene and documenting it in English and Western languages to a large extent I understand that there may have been a dearth of information previously however, I m also skeptical of equating the sum of truth with the sum of what is documented The book then shifts into the early 20th century when Singleton proposes the proto postural yoga is beginning to coalesce with both Western and indigenous Indian influences Singleton writes extensively about this period, and presents what he believes is the path by which postural practice evolved over a short time into modern yoga as we know it The book ends in the mid 20th century with an extensive discussion of T Krishnamacharya and his pack of brilliant students i.e B.K.S Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, T.V.K Desikachar, and Indira Devi who are responsible for a lot of how yoga is practiced today for virtually all of modern yoga by Singleton s reckoning It should be noted that this book is put out by an academic press, Oxford University Press, and there s all the front and post matter that one would expect of a scholarly press publication This includes an introduction, notes, and a bibliography So, you might be wondering how I could have so much doubt about the veracity of the book s central claim a book written by a Cambridge educated scholar and published by Oxford University Press It s, after all, chocked full of facts that are designed to bolster Singleton s argument I m certainly not suggesting that Singleton lied or presented false facts however, I have and will further argue that he frames facts throughout the book to diminish those statements and facts that run counter to his argument while wholeheartedly accepting statements that validate his argument even when the people whose statements he leaves unchallenged would seem to have their own agendas I don t know, perhaps T Krishnamacharya was as Singleton intimates though never explicitly accuses lying when he claimed to have received his sequence and approach from a scripture he was taught by a Himalayan master However, interestingly, he would be lying to minimize his role in the development of yoga rather than to increase his fame This stands in contrast with the European authors who Singleton readily accepts who were seeking to build their bona fides as experts in the esoteric systems of India and the Himalaya, who arguably had a lot to gain from being seen as having a full understanding of these systems The best way to understand the root of my skepticism is to tell a make believe story Imagine a race of aliens came down to Earth For whatever reason, they want to understand presumably among many other things the Roman Catholic Church One astute alien scholar notes that, after having reviewed not only the entire Bible but a vast canon of theologian discourse, there is scant mention of sitting or kneeling However, when cameras came around, there came to be clear evidence of pews and kneelers in the church The aliens conclude that Catholics had always stood during worship, but with the advent of the camera they began to sit and kneel The aliens, having big and bulbous butts, conclude that the Catholics have become concerned that their own big, bulbous butts will be captured for posterity pun intended by the cameras and have, thus, opted to adopt postures that would adequately provide cover In the present day, sitting and kneeling are the bulk of what Catholics do with their bodies when overtly practicing their religion, and so it must be those postures rather than abstract notions like achieving grace are now the most critical part of the practice Besides, the earliest photos of kneelers came from Protestant churches, so perhaps Anglicans taught Catholics how to kneel If you haven t figured it out, in my little scenario, the late 19th century Europeans who were writing the English language tracts that formed the heart of Singleton s research material are the aliens with big, bulbous butts I would propose that the Europeans aren t viewing yoga completely objectively but through the lens of their own experience and desires Further, they are also only giving weight to what they see and hear which may or may not be a full picture I would further argue that just like Catholics don t devote much text to discussing sitting and kneeling in the documents of the Vatican library doesn t mean there isn t a long history of those practices Postural practice is a not the critical end result that everyone is concerned with even if it takes up the bulk of one s time in overt practice It s certainly true that there are a vast number of yoga practitioners whose only interest is in the fitness aspect of the practice However, there are also many who spend most of their yoga reading time learning from Vedas and reading yogic philosophy even though the bulk of their practice time is asana b extremely difficult to convey via text but readily conveyed through demonstration and hands on teaching If you were a Catholic and wanted to teach someone kneeling, would you write them a three paragraph text description of the process, or would you just demonstrate how to kneel and correct any glaring albeit unlikely deficiencies in form At no point does Singleton get into the postural details of individual asana He mentions another scholar that supposedly has done some of that work, but Singleton feels it s not critical However, it s very hard to prove what he s trying to prove without getting into that level of detail Yes, there will be similarities between various systems of stretching because of the nature of the body For example, European stretching systems had a forward bend that looks reminiscent of paschimottanasana the body folds that way and stretching the hamstrings is one of the most important functions in any stretching regimen , and it shouldn t be surprising or revealing if the first photograph of this posture was in a European gym the fact that Scandinavians had cameras before Himalayan yogis isn t a sound basis to conclude that Himalayan yogi s learned to bend forward from Scandinavians A there are a lot of postures that two systems might reasonably independently discover, but one also can t rule out that the Indian yogi taught the Europeans and not the other way around I know it s hard to comprehend in the era of FaceBook, but failure to be documented does not equal failure to be true The farther one goes into the past, the less of what happened is going to be documented, and some cultures are going to be likely to document events than others e.g Would our aliens be right or wrong if they concluded that 85% of humans are females between the age of 12 and 24 years old because 85% of the selfies posted on the internet are among that group Singleton s book does have some graphics They didn t always help his case, however I was struck by how few of the fine details of the European postures correspond to practice as we know them, while some of the very old paintings look almost exactly like present day asana. If one accepts that the fact that they didn t have the greatest grasp of capturing perspective back then isn t indicative of how flat the postures and people were back then I ll readily admit that I wouldn t definitively count Singleton wrong on my subjective observation of the pictures, but it does leave me with a lot of room for doubt I suppose the next question is why I didn t completely pan the book Three stars isn t a tragic rating I thought the book contained a lot of good information and food for thought even if it fell far short of proving its central hypothesis I particularly enjoyed the chapter on T Krishnamacharya and his now famous student body I ll also say that part of why I came away from the book with such a muddled perception of this history is that Singleton doesn t hide facts that are damning to his case, but rather presents them and then tries to marginalize them A prime example would be the Hatha Yoga Pridipika HYP , a 15th century text that mentions a number of the asana considered classic yoga postures today some of which form the core of a Hata practice though admittedly HYP emphasizes the importance of only four seated postures I can t say that Singleton didn t help give me pause to wonder about the truth of the received understanding of yoga s evolution I ve practiced yoga in places as varied as India, the U.S., Thailand, and Hungary, and I found it shocking how similar the practice is around the world This bodes well for the argument that yoga as it s practiced today has coalesced recently By way of contrast, there are many myths about how one martial art is the ancestor of another but the two systems often look nothing alike e.g I ve studied Kalaripayattu, which many believe was the ancestor art taken to China by Bodhidharma through Southeast Asia, but which today looks nothing like Kung fu or Muay Thai Further, Kung fu styles usually look quite unlike the Korean and Japanese martial arts that they are said to have inspired If the latter among these martial arts did come from the earlier, they evolved apart quickly While the evolution into different martial art forms is quite possible, it raises the question of why yoga should be so similar internationally A skilled yoga teacher would likely give a given student the same alignment adjustments for, say, Warrior I, regardless of whether the teacher was in Prague, Manila, Tokyo, or San Diego I can t say that I d endorse Singleton s argument It would take much precise information for me to buy it and it s likely that said detailed historical information doesn t exist However, if you re interested in the history of yoga, you might want to check out this book Your conclusions may differ from mine, but even if they don t I suspect you ll learn a thing or two of interest Yoga Body was reasonably priced as a Kindle book when I bought it flag Like see review Aug 29, 2016 Helgi Hrafn Gudmundsson added it Shelves non fiction J ga er ein vins lasta ger l kamsr ktar n t manum 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nbylting h fst Tali var a menn til forna hef u veri miklu rekmeiri og sterkari og af eim s kum g fugri Kraftakarlar bor vi Eugen Sandow, sem hnyklu u v vana og l ktu eftir gr skum gu um, ur u heimsfr gir Fyrir r s gulegra tilviljana var j ga g furlega smita af essum vestr nu heilsur ktar fingum kraumandi su upotti breskra og indverskra hrifa sj lfst isbar ttu Indlands rekdjarfir fornmenn slandi blanda ist tr in um l kamlega hnignun n t mamannsins saman vi fort ar r j ernishyggjunnar sj lfst isbar ttunni egar v r l tum yfir aldurs r hinnar slenzku j ar, birtir oss eim mun meir fyrir sj num sem lengra dregur aptur t mann Lengst fjarska, bak vi sortann, l sir forn ldin sem leiptur um n tt ar hittum v r fyrir rekdjarfa kynsl , er lifir d r kku l fi essi or skrifa i dr Bj rn Bjarnason fr Vi fir i sem samdi b kina r ttir fornmanna Nor url ndum ri 1908 henni tsk r i hann hvernig menn v kinga ld hef u lifa miklu gl silegri t ma vegna l kamsr ktar sem eir stundu u daginn t og inn a segir s na s gu a Bj rn ddi b kina M n a fer eftir J.P M ller, undirst urit hinna fr gu M llers finga form la hennar sag i Yfirbur ir essarar a fer ar yfir a ra heimafimleiki eru a allega v f lgnir, a h n sn r einkar heilsusamlegan sam tting r llu rennu fimleikum, loftba i og vatnsba i, er vi allra h fi me litlum afbrig um og rum a fer um d rari, umsvifaminni og au l r ari V a um heim ur u til samt k M llerista sem stundu u l kamsr kt ti gu sgr nni n tt runni Fr gastur eirra h r landi var l klega rbergur r arson.Hnykla i nakinn v vanaAnnar heims ekktur heilsur ktarfr mu ur byrjun tuttugustu aldar var pr ssneski kraftakarlinn Eugen Sandow Hann h f ferilinn sem lyftingama ur sirkuss ningum en var heimsfr gur fer al gum s num um heiminn, s rstaklega Bretlandi Sandow er talinn fa ir vaxtarr ktar en hugtaki bodybuilding , kom fyrst fram b k eftir hann ri 1904 Hann s ndi st ltan l kama sinn me l ti anna en f kjubla til a sk la s r til a l kja eftir styttum fr forn ld egar hann var 10 ra gutti f r hann me pabba s num til R maborgar ar sem eir virtu fyrir s r gr skar og r mverskar styttur af f grum l k mum Hvers vegna eru menn ekki svona gl silegir lengur, pabbi Pabbinn svara i um h l a gamla daga hef i n t ma j f lagi ekki enn ey ilagt hina mikilv gu reglu um a hinir sterkustu k must af.L kamsr kt gegn rkynjunL kamsr ktarstraumarnir sem streymdu um Vesturl nd essum t ma tengdust hugmyndum um mannkynsb tastefnu eugenics og f lagslegan darwinisma Mannkyninu bar a leyfa hinum sterku a brj tast til hrifa, en berjast gegn hverskyns rkynjun og kynspillingu Manninum v ri annig unnt a fl ta fyrir darwin skri r un og st ra n tt ruvali Me essum lei um yr i allt mannkyn um s ir hreint og sterkt essar kenningar ur u s ar ein af undirst um og r ttl tingum fyrir kyn ttahyggju nasista sem enda i me skelfingu.Fort ar r BretaV kjum aftur s gunni til kraftakarlsins Sandows Bo skapur hans hitti beint mark hj Bretum Breska heimsveldinu hnigna i sm m saman byrjun tuttugustu aldar og margir yfirst ttarmenn f ru a j st af s knu i eftir hinum einfaldari heimi fort arinnar, heilbrig ri sveitamenningu ar sem mannkyni tti raunverulega heima essar p lingar voru til essar ger ar a r ttl ta nau synlega yfirbur ast u hins ttg a hv ta manns yfir heimsbygg inni Sandow var andlit al j legrar hreyfingar sem kennd var vi l kamlega menningu Physical Culture Valdamiklir Bretar bo u u essa heilsubyltingu v eir tr u einl glega a h n g ti bjarga breska heimsveldinu og b um ess fr eirri hr ilegu l kamlegu grotnun sem hin fl kna heimsmynd n s borgarsamf lags heiminum olli.Indverjar vildu ver a sterkirB kin Yoga Body, eftir breska fr imanninn og j gakennararann Mark Singleton, segir s guna af v hvernig hugmyndir Sandows og f laga ur u fur ulegan h tt, rekstrum missa afla, upphaf j ga eins og vi ekkjum a dag Sandow fer a ist um hn ttinn og kynnti fingar s nar og skipulag i keppnina The Empire and Muscle Competition Gr arlegur mannfj ldi m tti til a berja hann augum egar hann kom til Indlands ri 1905 geisu u mikil t k Indlandi Bresku n lenduherrarnir ur u s fellt vins lli Bo skapur Sandows f kk hinsvegar v nt mikinn hlj mgrunn me al Indverja og f r n a blandast einkennilegan h tt vi indverska j ernisstefnu.J ga samsu a M llers og j ernis star lok ri ja ratugarins kom fram sj narsvi i heilsur ktarfr mu urinn K.V Iyer Hann var nokkurs konar indversk tg fa af Sandow V var hans og l kamleg fullkomnun efldu indversku j ars lina gegn ofr ki Breta, sem h f u vallt liti ni ur l kamlegt atgervi Indverja, t ldu veikbygg a og spillta En ar sem essi n ja heilsur ktarbylgja var raun smitu fr Bretum sj lfum datt Iyer a snjallr i hug a sj a hana vi aldagamla indverska si i til a m lflutningur hans passa i betur vi sj lfst isbar ttuna Til ur u n samt k, Yogic Physical Culture b k Singletons er fari saumana v hvernig j ga var til r essari samsu u vestr nna heilsur ktara fer a til d mis vaxtarr ktar Sandows og msum a fer um bor vi M llers fingarnar vi j ernishyggju n t mar ki Indlands.Fornt j ga fr brug i J ga haf i au vita veri til um aldir Indlandi og haf i, til d mis, hloti t luver a fr g me al menntamanna Evr pu um aldam tin 1900 En eins og lesa m hinni skemmtilegu b k Singletons var hi hef bundna forna j ga af allt rum toga en s ger j ga sem fr gust er dag heiminum Hi hef bundna bygg ist sitjandi st um ar sem hugun var lykilatri i Hi s gulega j ga var ekki essi l kamlega r tt l kamsr ktarst varinnar sem vi ekkjum svo vel dag.Maurar tu forna b kSamverkama ur Iyer, j gakennarinn Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, kom fram me forna tr arlega speki sem lj s hefur komi a var v mi ur uppspuni fr r tum Tilgangurinn var a gefa essari n ju bl ndu j ga og heilsur ktar indverskan og dulspekilegan bl Krishnamacharya, sem s ar var einn fr gasti j gakennari s gunnar, sag i a j ga v ri 5000 ra g mul hef a hef i hann l rt me v a lesa hina eldfornu b k Yoga Korunta, sem skrifu var sanskr t Hann sag ist hafa fundi b kina dj pt grafna j skjalasafni Indlands og tt hana yfir munnlega tg fu sem hann breiddi n t me al fylgjenda sinna egar reynt var a hafa upp essari g mlu b k sag i Krishnamacharya a maurar hef u v mi ur ti hana upp til agna B k Singletons s nir fram a speki Krishnamacharya var l klega ekkert anna en uppspuni og raun hafi a j ga, sem hann bo a i, veri anda vestr nnar heilsur ktar og tt l ti me hina fornu hef a gera.J ga f r marga hringiEf marka m ni urst ur Singleton m ef til vill segja a n t maj ga s einkennilegan h tt sameiginlegt afkv mi vestr nnar M llermenningar og indverskrar hef ar tuttugustu ld sameinu u menn eins og K.V Iyer og Tirumalai Krishnamacharya hi forna j ga vi msar leikfimi fingar sem eir h f u l rt gegnum breska valdhafa egar lei tuttugustu ldina, s rstaklega upp r 1970 egar j ga breiddist t um allan heim og var a t skufyrirbrig i var a selt vestr nni menningu sem dularfull og dulspekileg as sk i ja slendingar dau ans aumingjar rbergur r arson var landskunnur fyrir a stunda M llers fingar adamskl unum einum F rri vita ef til a hann i ka i j ga greininni Lj s fr Austri , sem birtist Eimrei inni ri 1919, sag i hann fr eirri str u sinni lj si ess sem komi hefur fram h r a ofan er ef til vill gaman a rifja upp nokkur or sem hann skrifa i ar ber a geta ess a j gai kun hans bar til ur en hin mikla samsu a vestr nnar l kamsr ktar og j ga var a hina vins la al j afyrirb ri sem a er dag Yoga er reist alt annari grundvallarsko un manne linu og umheiminum heldur en vestr n r ttakerfi eim er yfirleitt hreykt upp eirri flasfengnu sta h fingu, a ma urinn s l kami, samstarf skynr nna krafta Yoga segir aftur m ti ma urinn er andi , sem b r og stj rnar skynr num l kama essari sta h fingu e a llu fremur ekkingu er alt Yoga kerfi reist Yoga leggur me rum or um megin herzluna roskun andans sem stj rnanda efnisins Af essum gagn l ka skilningi lei ir hinn mikla mun vestr nna l kams finga og Yoga Vestr nar l kams fingar eru f lgnar vissum v vabreyfingum, ati, sem oft er fr b rlega barbariskt og smekklaust, eins og t.d gr sk r mverska gl man og f tboltinn, sem er or inn landl g pl ga h r kveldro arykinu Melunum og s nir, hverjir dau ans aumingjar v r erum enn ekkingu og ri og f nni menningu Jafn sandi hemjuskapur heimskar ekki a eins og tsl tur kr ftum eirra, sem halda honum uppi, heldur tryllir hann jafnvel fj lda f lks, sem l ti m missa, fr r semd og skynsamlegu viti margar essar nalegu hreyfingar fer gu lega mikil orka forg r um r eru bl tt fram hagr nar, mi a vi n tni n tt runnar og nirfilsskap j arinnar gar essara f u vesalinga, sem hafa lagt sig ni ur vi a hugsa Menn l ta eins og ir, ef eir vita af rennandi fossmigu einhvers sta ar uppi r fum, hafa ekki fl afri fyr en eir hafa umturna henni mykju og hlutabr f En mannlegur m ttur er l tinn fara t um hvippinn og hvappinn allskonar fettur og brettur, pat og stapp, sem ekkert vit er birtist Fr ttat manum 19 ma 2016 flag Like see review Aug 18, 2017 Kumari De Silva rated it liked it Recommends it for yoga geeks teachers Recommended to Kumari by David Williams This book was recommended to me by David Williams, who wrote a blurb for the frontispiece of the book Perhaps I came to it with too high expectations As David describes he was unable to put it down.I found the onset interesting than the middle At some point the story of pop yoga has so many branches it sort of gets bogged down I don t think it s entirely the author s fault It s hard to write a book both broad enough for a neophyte yoga practitioner to read and find interesting as w This book was recommended to me by David Williams, who wrote a blurb for the frontispiece of the book Perhaps I came to it with too high expectations As David describes he was unable to put it down.I found the onset interesting than the middle At some point the story of pop yoga has so many branches it sort of gets bogged down I don t think it s entirely the author s fault It s hard to write a book both broad enough for a neophyte yoga practitioner to read and find interesting as well as a hard core yoga geek.As for the other reviewers who promised I would be surprised Unfortunately I wasn t I hate to do spoilers so I ll say this instead if you are over the age of 55, i.e old enough to remember events described in the 1970s, you won t be surprised If you ve been practicing yoga since the mid 60s or 70s you won t be surprised If you visited India in the 60s or 70s you won t be surprised I suppose if none of these descriptions refers to you, you might be surprised Good for you if you are surprised Knowledge is the antidote to ignorance As other reviewers have noted, this is not a how to book It s a pop culture history book I recommend this to all yoga teachers, most especially the ones who aren t sure if they want to go full spiritual in their teaching Also to curious practitioners who want to know what IS yoga Read and find out Yoga is a yoga does flag Like see review Feb 28, 2017 Lucas rated it really liked it Shelves top to read A technical but illuminating read flag Like see review Jul 17, 2013 Jobie rated it really liked it I did enjoy this book though I feel like it took almost two years to read It is so overstuffed with facts that the historical narrative gets bogged down and lost I do appreciate the meticulous research done by the author I was interested in everything the author had to say One suggestion would be to have written the narrative backwards It would have allowed the author to paint the big picture of where yoga is now and then layer the details in topically instead of chronologically That may h I did enjoy this book though I feel like it took almost two years to read It is so overstuffed with facts that the historical narrative gets bogged down and lost I do appreciate the meticulous research done by the author I was interested in everything the author had to say One suggestion would be to have written the narrative backwards It would have allowed the author to paint the big picture of where yoga is now and then layer the details in topically instead of chronologically That may have allowed the narrative to shine through so that the details could be layered in topically Layering the details in topically would ve made the story of this history concise and easy to follow I feel like I really didn t understand his thesis until the ninth chapter That may be neither be a pro or con but I think it affected my ability to follow him.I read the book because I really wanted the information not because I enjoyed the read That s too bad because I feel like the narrative of this history has so much potential to be engaging.Bottom line Great research, fait style, poor narrative flag Like see review Aug 29, 2015 Bill rated it really liked it Shelves religion, philosophy, science of mind, woo woo, physical culture This book explores the history that produced the posture based, physical fitness oriented, physical image driven yoga prevalent today In it, Singleton takes us on a guided tour of the social, political, class, and religious forces and events that have given rise to current anglophone yoga practice.He makes a compelling case that the yoga most of us know today, far from being a rediscovered 5000 year old practice as many in e.g the Ashtanga Yoga or Iyengar Yoga businesses might have us belie This book explores the history that produced the posture based, physical fitness oriented, physical image driven yoga prevalent today In it, Singleton takes us on a guided tour of the social, political, class, and religious forces and events that have given rise to current anglophone yoga practice.He makes a compelling case that the yoga most of us know today, far from being a rediscovered 5000 year old practice as many in e.g the Ashtanga Yoga or Iyengar Yoga businesses might have us believe , is rather the product of a mixing of ascetic Hatha Yoga contortionism and European gymnastics based fitness systems brought together in India in the early part of the 20th century in the context of the Indian independence movement.On the downside, I would have enjoyed pictures Also, the book is written in an academic style which makes it a bit of an effort to get through Then again, I don t know if there is any other way to present this sort of social and historical analysis flag Like see review Apr 08, 2016 John Hawkins rated it really liked it Interesting history of Modern Yoga Mark Singleton de mythologizes it The book is heavily referenced with citations in the text with parentheses This slows the reading down a bit As a Yoga teacher it is interesting to read how much the physical revival in Europe influenced Modern Yoga and how Swami Vivekananda, who Singleton says started Modern Yoga, detested Hatha the physiological aspects of Yoga Never in the history has the emphasis in Yoga been so much on Hatha.There is a chapter dedic Interesting history of Modern Yoga Mark Singleton de mythologizes it The book is heavily referenced with citations in the text with parentheses This slows the reading down a bit As a Yoga teacher it is interesting to read how much the physical revival in Europe influenced Modern Yoga and how Swami Vivekananda, who Singleton says started Modern Yoga, detested Hatha the physiological aspects of Yoga Never in the history has the emphasis in Yoga been so much on Hatha.There is a chapter dedicated to the influence of Krishnamacharya and the hatha forms his taught to Pattabhi Jois, B.K.S Iyengar, Indra Devi and his son, T.K.V Desikachar all influential teachers in the west Yoga teachers should enjoy this book flag Like see review Jan 19, 2015 David Haberlah rated it really liked it Shelves yoga This well researched seminal book should be included in any Yoga Teacher Training course It sheds much needed light on the dynamic history of the asana focused Yoga practice of today, and thereby explains why it thrives particular well in the West and among female practitioners Unfortunately, large parts of the book a poorly written, there is some repetition and certain chapters simply read like a PhD thesis Having said that, others like the one on the origin of the Surya Namaskar sequence ar This well researched seminal book should be included in any Yoga Teacher Training course It sheds much needed light on the dynamic history of the asana focused Yoga practice of today, and thereby explains why it thrives particular well in the West and among female practitioners Unfortunately, large parts of the book a poorly written, there is some repetition and certain chapters simply read like a PhD thesis Having said that, others like the one on the origin of the Surya Namaskar sequence are quite captivating.In any way, it is great to learn that Yoga Asana is as successful an East Meets West project as anything, and still very much alive and evolving It also explains the pivotal role of Krishnamacharya s students in shaping modern Yoga routines flag Like see review Oct 25, 2015 Laura Zuckoff rated it really liked it 5 Stars for content that has untangled much confusion and frustration for me, a yoga nerd with a deep committment to honesty and integrity as an instrutor.I will be sending my former students a note of apology for the myths and misunderstandings I am guilty of perpetuating.3 stars for the thing reading like a dissertation, which means many people who might otherwise benefit from the content, might not find the presentation reader friendly.Anyway, I loved the message and am grateful for the piece 5 Stars for content that has untangled much confusion and frustration for me, a yoga nerd with a deep committment to honesty and integrity as an instrutor.I will be sending my former students a note of apology for the myths and misunderstandings I am guilty of perpetuating.3 stars for the thing reading like a dissertation, which means many people who might otherwise benefit from the content, might not find the presentation reader friendly.Anyway, I loved the message and am grateful for the piece of the yoga mystery puzzle that Mr Singleton has contributed.Thanks Mark flag Like see review Jun 07, 2016 Daniel Wise rated it it was amazing I can easily see why this book does not average 5 starsbecause it pretty much crushes much of the contemporary Yoga story Ancient practices Highly unlikely, and proof is offered in a systematic and scholarly way in this work Kudos to Singleton for tracing the story of our current Acrobatic Asana styles to the Mysore era of the late 1930 s and influence of western acrobatics, bodybuilding and gymnastics This should be a required text for any series practitioner of modern Asana, as well as I can easily see why this book does not average 5 starsbecause it pretty much crushes much of the contemporary Yoga story Ancient practices Highly unlikely, and proof is offered in a systematic and scholarly way in this work Kudos to Singleton for tracing the story of our current Acrobatic Asana styles to the Mysore era of the late 1930 s and influence of western acrobatics, bodybuilding and gymnastics This should be a required text for any series practitioner of modern Asana, as well as for all yoga teacher trainings flag Like see review Jan 03, 2012 Meg rated it liked it Shelves spirituality, history This book was much dry and scholarly than I expected wanted, so I took a break after a couple of chapters to read Stefanie Syman s The Subtle Body , which helped give me a layperson oriented introduction to some of yoga s recent history When I returned to this book, I was able to follow easily Many terms and references are not defined or described in detail, so the book can be confusing if you re not already a scholar in the history of yoga and Indian spirituality flag Like see review May 30, 2010 Carol Horton rated it it was amazing Shelves modern yoga history, yoga A path breaking work on the history of modern yoga Nothing else comes close to providing us with such a detailed examination of the formative roots of what is widely considered to be yoga today i.e., asana practice While written for an academic audience and perhaps a bit of a stretch for the general reader, anyone who is serious about understanding the development of modern yoga should definitely take the time to grapple with this important book flag Like see review Feb 22, 2016 Megan Peters rated it really liked it I read this in pieces and jumped around It s very academic and at times went over my head I was searching for a deeper, cultural explanation of yoga and how it s changed over the centuries and how it evolved in the Western world that it s been around and this does an excellent job of it I wish it had been a little Dumbed down flag Like see review Dec 07, 2012 Alanna rated it really liked it Kind of hard going since it s an academic text, but would strongly recommend to anyone seriously interested in understanding yoga With all the misinformation spread around about it, it s important to understand history that has been subjected to rigorous reviews and fact checks It doesn t have to inform your personal experience of yoga, but all practitioners should know the real story flag Like see review Jun 16, 2015 Virginia Beam rated it really liked it Shelves non fiction, yoga, first read in 2016 Yoga Body should be required reading for every yoga teacher Yes, it s pretty dry at points and could have used a lot of polish, but it s a brilliant and unprecedented examination of the relatively modern genesis of the postures practiced in modern yoga classes and, importantly, why this does not make said modern yoga practices inauthentic or unspiritual flag Like see review Dec 04, 2012 Nathalia Berkowitz rated it really liked it Yoga Body The Origins of Modern Posture PracticeLike another reviewer, I think the whole title is important with this book It s a social history and interesting and informative It is, of course, a partial history it would will be interesting to see what Mark Singleton would come up with if he traced through other strands of yoga history I m waiting for the next installment flag Like see review Feb 14, 2016 Russell Ko rated it really liked it This is a great book for anyone who wants to understand the true origins of modern yoga It s densely academic than its cover indicates, and the language is inflated accordingly, but the amount of research Singleton has done is impressive and he presents his arguments clearly flag Like see review Jan 30, 2012 Lindsay rated it really liked it Shelves history, yoga This is a dry, dense, academic book It took me a long time to slog through it, but it was worth it Great for those who want to read about the emergence of the physical practice as we see it today There was a lot of information here that surprised me flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed.



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Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice by Mark Singleton
Andrea

Yoga Body The Origins of Modern Posture Practice I had to add the subtitle, b c for some reason goodreads didn t And it s really pretty important, imo Because this is NOT just another yoga history book that focuses on the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita and blahdeblah This is an incredibly documented history of modern yoga practice the practice you get at Yoga Tree or Yoga Mayu or wherever the heck you practice in whatever city you live Whatever the lineage you practice Ashtanga, Vi

Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice by Mark Singleton
Sam

This book is ok It has lots of great info but there are some problems Singleton tries to cram so much research and history into 200 pages that it comes off like a whirlwind tour through a bunch of stuff that most people will not be even slightly familiar with The book might have done well to be like 500 pages On the other hand, Singleton s writing veers from captivating and insightful to reminding me of my college research papers, i.e here s my thesis, here s my evidence, here are my refere

Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice by Mark Singleton
Frank Jude

Already two years old, though I was aware of the general gist of this amazingly well researched book, I only just got to read it and have learned so much about the specifics of the history of asana and how it s come to be practiced as it is in the contemporary yoga world As Gary Krafstow writes work offers a much needed historical perspective that will help correct much of the mythology and group think that is emerging in the modern asana based yoga world Sadly, I ve still not seen

Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice by Mark Singleton
Amber

This book was utterly fascinating I would only recommend it to serious yoga practitioners because it is very scholarly, complete with a sixteen page bibliography Please read it with an open mind, as it will definitely shatter your preconceived notions of yoga.

Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice by Mark Singleton
Antiloquax

Just read the first couple of chapters Fascinating study of the rise of the physical side of Yoga asanas in what he calls transnational anglophone yoga Basically he is saying that in the oldest forms of Yoga, the postures were not that important the emphasis was on meditation The current state of Yoga which is often just a form of gymnsatics came about he says due to the interaction between Yoga and Western physical culture.

Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice by Mark Singleton
Eugene

slight diversion from normal reading habits, but stumbled upon this author s article in yoga journal it seemed like it should be a cover story but the article is strangely buried within dunno why exactly but thought its argument should get some passing around i found the piece oddly shocking yoga scholar singleton argues that the current popular asana practice of western yoga

Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice by Mark Singleton
Althea

I had a religion professor in college who was an expert in Chinese Buddhism She talked a lot about the ways Buddhism changed when it moved from India to China The male Avalokiteshvara became the female Quan Yin as part of that transition She also told us that many early sutras were authored in China by Chinese authors, then back translated to create a Sanskrit original to give the sutra legitimacy I thought of this process time after time reading Yoga Body It s fascinating to see the tran

Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice by Mark Singleton
Geoff

Yoga Body is a mixed bag It is a scholarly book that dives deep into the physical culture of India in the late 19th and early 20th century It is such a scholarly book in fact, that I can t tell you how many times I fell asleep reading it I am deeply interested in Singleton s chosen topic, but the writing is so dry that I ended up being slightly bored, and mostly disappointed Which isn t to say that I disagree with his conclusion, just that it could have been presented in a much appealin

Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice by Mark Singleton
Erica

I was extremely excited about this book at first And it did deliver much of what I wanted from it a clear eyed history of yoga focusing on the 20th century Among the fascinating findings yoga has been part of physical athletic body culture in America alligned with the strenuous life of Teddy Roosevelt, the muscle building crazes of the early 20th century, etc In addition, yoga was popularized in India in the 20th century as a way to find strength and beauty against their Britis

Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice by Mark Singleton
Morgan

Awesome Uses plenty if pictures and solid research to dismantle some of the doctrine we ve been fed about yoga and it s origins, effectively blowing a hole in some of the West s tendencies toward orientalism and appropriation If you re just flipping through this, the chapter on Mysore chapter 9 is a hilarious standalone that explains a lot of what yoga is today and why.

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