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T. Krishnamacharya and the Mysore Āsana Revival

Mark Singleton

in Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195395358
eISBN:
9780199777303
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395358.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Hinduism

Chapter 9 considers the vastly influential postural forms developed by T. Krishnamacharya during his tenure as yoga teacher in Mysore during the 1930s and 1940s. The preceding chapters force us to ... More


Gurumayi, the Play of Shakti and Guru

Karen Pechilis

in The Graceful Guru: Hindu Female Gurus in India and the United States

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195145380
eISBN:
9780199849963
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195145380.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Gurumayi (Swami Chidvilasananda) is the current guru of the worldwide Siddha Yoga organization that promotes the uplift of humanity through a collective “revolution” in spiritual consciousness, ... More


Hindu Theology and Biology: The Bhagavata Purana and Contemporary Theory

Jonathan B. Edelmann

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199641543
eISBN:
9780191732232
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641543.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism, Religious Studies

Western intellectual history has benefited from a rich and sophisticated conversation between theology and science, leaving us with centuries of scientific and theological literature on the subjects. ... More


Branding Yoga

Andrea R. Jain

in Selling Yoga: From Counterculture to Pop Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199390236
eISBN:
9780199390274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199390236.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter argues that, in the late twentieth century, yoga proponents attracted large audiences to yoga and established and acknowledged authority by branding yoga, a process that reflects ... More


Stretching toward the Sacred: John Friend and Anusara Yoga

Lola Williamson

in Gurus of Modern Yoga

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199938704
eISBN:
9780199345892
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199938704.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Following the typology developed by Elizabeth De Michelis, this chapter locates Anusara Yoga within the context of Modern Yoga, primarily as a form of Postural Yoga. John Friend, founder of Anusara ... More


Spirits of Protestantism: Medicine, Healing, and Liberal Christianity

Pamela Klassen

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520244283
eISBN:
9780520950443
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520244283.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This book reveals how liberal Protestants went from being early-twentieth-century medical missionaries seeking to convert others through science and scripture, to becoming vocal critics of missionary ... More


Remembering Sri Aurobindo and the Mother: The Forgotten Lineage of Integral Yoga

Ann Gleig and Charles I. Flores

in Gurus of Modern Yoga

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199938704
eISBN:
9780199345892
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199938704.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter attempts to rectify the neglect of Sri Aurobindo in studies of modern yoga by both fleshing out his role as a key player in the modern yoga renaissance and recovering some of the ... More


The Institutionalization of the Yoga Tradition: “Gurus” B. K. S. Iyengar and Yogini Sunita in Britain

Suzanne Newcombe

in Gurus of Modern Yoga

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199938704
eISBN:
9780199345892
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199938704.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Most contemporary yoga enthusiasts receive their instruction not from a guru but from a yoga teacher who holds a recognized qualification and caries professional indemnity insurance. The global ... More


Varieties of Magical Experience: Aleister Crowley’s Views on Occult Practice 1

Marco Pasi

in Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199863075
eISBN:
9780199979974
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863075.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter centers on two features of Crowley's esoteric work, which are magic and Yoga. It shows how Crowley changed the understanding and epistemological interpretation of occult practice, and ... More


The Great Beast as a Tantric Hero: The Role of Yoga and Tantra in Aleister Crowley’s Magick

Gordan Djurdjevic

in Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199863075
eISBN:
9780199979974
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863075.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter explores the roles of Tantra and Yoga. It considers the argument that Crowley's practice of magick can be clarified if one tries to understand features of it against the background of ... More


Yoga Bodies and Bodies of Water: Solutions for Climate Change in India?

Christopher Patrick Miller

in That All May Flourish: Comparative Religious Environmental Ethics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780190456023
eISBN:
9780190456054
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190456023.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter analyzes the confluence of environmental politics, biopolitics, and the cultural role of yoga in India. It begins with an overview of India’s current economic development challenges and ... More


Theologizing for the Yoga Community?: Commitment and Hybridity in Comparative Theology

Stephanie Corigliano

in How to Do Comparative Theology

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780823278404
eISBN:
9780823280513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823278404.003.0016
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Stephanie Corigliano addresses the issues of religious belonging and commitment by comparing and contrasting “rooted” and “aerial” modes of comparative theology. Corigliano first examines the ... More


Tantra in the West

André Padoux

in The Hindu Tantric World: An Overview

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226423937
eISBN:
9780226424125
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226424125.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter provides an overview of Tantra in contemporary West. The presence of Tantra in the West is interesting because it is one of the aspects of the relationship between the West and a largely ... More


Yoga in Popular Culture: Controversies and Conflicts

Shreena Niketa Gandhi

in Religion and Popular Culture in America, Third Edition

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520291447
eISBN:
9780520965225
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520291447.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Yoga has historically been understood as a spiritual practice, a form of embodied prayer, and it came to United States as part of the nation's fascination with the East. Today, it is often practiced ... More


Bodhisattva of Progress

Justin R. Ritzinger

in Anarchy in the Pure Land: Reinventing the Cult of Maitreya in Modern Chinese Buddhism

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780190491161
eISBN:
9780190491185
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190491161.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter offers an analysis of Taixu’s Maitreyan theology through a close reading of his commentaries on the Three Essentials—the texts he identified as the cult’s foundation. These were the ... More


Ceci N'est Pas Un Yogi

in Sinister Yogis

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226895130
eISBN:
9780226895154
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226895154.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Surveying the history of both Indian and Western interpretations of yoga, one is struck by the absence of reflection on the cognitive dissonance that appears to be operative when the primary sense of ... More


Premodern Yoga Systems

Andrea R. Jain

in Selling Yoga: From Counterculture to Pop Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199390236
eISBN:
9780199390274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199390236.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter suggests, rather than essentializing premodern yoga by reifying its content and aims, it is more accurate to identify it as heterogeneous in practice and characteristic of the ... More


Continuity with Consumer Culture

Andrea R. Jain

in Selling Yoga: From Counterculture to Pop Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199390236
eISBN:
9780199390274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199390236.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In the late twentieth century, modern yoga entered a new phase of development in the context of consumer culture that enabled it to move from counterculture to popular culture. The chapter discusses ... More


Conclusion

Andrea R. Jain

in Selling Yoga: From Counterculture to Pop Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199390236
eISBN:
9780199390274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199390236.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter discusses attempts to define yoga that limit it to inside certain categories of belief or behavior, such as “exercise,” “spirituality,” “religion,” or “Hinduism,” and accordingly outside ... More


Manufacturing Yogis: Swami Vivekananda as a Yoga Teacher

Dermot Killingley

in Gurus of Modern Yoga

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199938704
eISBN:
9780199345892
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199938704.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Swami Vivekananda (1863–1902) was the first Indian to teach yoga in the West. This study examines his life and background and his participation in the 1893 Parliament of Religions, showing that ... More


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