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Yoga as Physical Culture II: Harmonial Gymnastics and Esoteric Dance

Mark Singleton

in Yoga Body

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780195395358
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777303 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395358.003.0008
Yoga as Physical Culture II: Harmonial Gymnastics and Esoteric Dance

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Chapter 7 takes another facet of modern postural yoga's relationship with physical culture: the “harmonial gymnastic” tradition. Largely practiced by women, such “spiritualized” methods of movement and dance became firmly associated at the end of the nineteenth century with Hindu yoga. In this chapter is the claim that “hatha yoga” classes, as practiced in many twenty‐first‐century urban settings, recapitulate the philosophical, practical, and demographic circumstances of women's physical culture classes of the early twentieth century.

Keywords: modern postural yoga; modern yoga; āsana; physical culture; women's gymnastics; gender

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Subjects: Religious Studies

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