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Pain

Suzanne Bost

in Rethinking Therapeutic Culture

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2015 | ISBN: 9780226249933
Published online January 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780226250274 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226250274.003.0015
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Though therapeutic cultures are often condemned for reinforcing their consumers’ vulnerability, this vulnerability has much to teach us about healing and about community. Drawing inspiration from Chicana feminist Gloria Anzaldúa’s writings on healing, from disability studies, and from my own experiences with therapeutic cultures, this essay embraces painful sensation as a means towards understanding one’s place in the world. In yoga, in particular, practitioners test the limits of their bodies, honor the different ways in which fellow practitioners move, and share intense sensation with a community. This shared experience builds awareness, strength, flexibility, humility, and respect for difference—an ideal foundation for communal health.

Keywords: Coyolxauhqui; Gloria Anzaldúa; healing; pain; Yoga

Chapter.  5234 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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