Modern Indian Physical Culture: Degeneracy and Experimentation

Mark Singleton

in Yoga Body

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780195395358
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777303 | DOI:
Modern Indian Physical Culture: Degeneracy and Experimentation

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Chapter 5 considers more closely the Indian physical culture scene of the period. Colonial educators tended to present Hindu Indians as a weakling race who deserved to be dominated. The British physical culture regimes, however, were adopted by Indians and used as components of nationalist programs of regeneration and resistance to colonial rule. It is in this context that āsana began to be combined with modern physical culture and reworked as an “indigenous” technique of man‐building. Considered here are what are probably the earliest experiments in the synthesis of yoga and physical culture.

Keywords: modern postural yoga; modern yoga; āsana; degeneracy; physical culture; Indian nationalism

Chapter.  6166 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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