Yoga as Physical Culture I: Strength and Vigor

Mark Singleton

in Yoga Body

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780195395358
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777303 | DOI:
Yoga as Physical Culture I: Strength and Vigor

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Chapter 6 considers early twentieth‐century developments of experiments in the synthesis of yoga and physical culture. Āsana remains largely absent from the practical, anglophone yoga primer in the first decades of the twentieth century. Here, I analyze the ways in which it progressively became the most prominent practice component of mainstream modern yoga. The new yogic body is one that is thoroughly shaped by the practices and discourses of modern physical culture, “healthism,” and Western esotericism. Chapter 6 examines formulations of yoga as a species of gymnastics and bodybuilding, often linked to the kind of nationalist man‐building projects examined in chapter 5.

Keywords: modern postural yoga; modern yoga; āsana; physical culture; muscular Hinduism; Kuvalayananada; Yogendra; K. V. Iyer; Sundaram; Yogananda; new thought

Chapter.  10186 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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