The Medium and the Message: Visual Reproduction and the <i>āsana</i> Revival

Mark Singleton

in Yoga Body

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780195395358
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777303 | DOI:
The Medium and the Message: Visual Reproduction and the āsana Revival

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The argument in Chapter 8 is that modern postural practice cannot be understood without an examination of the technologies of visual reproduction. Advances in photography and print distribution created the conditions for a popular yoga of the body and dictated to a large extent the features of that body. The result of modern yoga's overwhelming reliance on photographic realism has elided the body of “traditional” haṭha yoga.

Keywords: modern postural yoga; modern yoga; āsana; physical culture; photography

Chapter.  3859 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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