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A History of Modern Yoga

Patanjali and Western Esotericism

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A History of Modern Yoga by Elizabeth De Michelis
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A History of Modern Yoga traces the roots of Modern Yoga back to the spread of western esoteric ideas in 18th century Bengal's intellectual circles. In due course Raja Yoga, published by Vivekananda in 1896, became the seminal text of Modern Yoga largely because, the author shows, it reconfigured the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali along the lines of a then emerging New Age Occultistic style of secularised and individualistically oriented religiosity. With regard to 20th century developments, this book proposes a four-fold typology of Modern Yoga comprising Modern Psychosomatic, Modern Meditational, Modern Postural and Modern Denominational forms. Iyengar Yoga, one of the most influential schools of Modern Postural Yoga, is then analyzed in the light of this framework, while the conclusion shows how a typical Modern Postural Yoga session may be interpreted to reveal the forms and contents of a healing ritual of secular religion.

Author Biography

Elizabeth De Michelis is Director of the Dharam Hinduja Institute of Indic Research at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge.
Release date NZ
November 10th, 2005
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edition
New edition
Illustrations
1, black & white illustrations
Imprint
Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Pages
302
Dimensions
156x234x16
ISBN-13
9780826487728
Product ID
1675468

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