Popular Portrayals of the Yogin

Mark Singleton

in Yoga Body

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780195395358
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777303 | DOI:
Popular Portrayals of the Yogin

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In chapter 3 covers the topos of the performing yogin. As a result of economic and political repression in the late eighteenth century, many haṭha yogins resorted to street performance as a means of livelihood. This, combined with new technologies of photojournalism, made the postural contortions of the yogin a familiar component of the “exotic East.” The late nineteenth‐century yoga syntheses of Vivekananda, Blavatsky, and others betray a profound distaste for the posture‐practicing yogin, and their writings tend to denigrate the value of such practices. It is for this reason that āsana was initially absent from transnational anglophone yogas.

Keywords: yoga; yogin; haṭha yoga; modern postural yoga; modern yoga; āsana; Vivekananda; Blavatsky

Chapter.  7596 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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