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By Sarah Strauss

Last yr, greater than seven million american citizens participated in yoga or tai chi classes.Yet regardless of its reputation the genuine nature of yoga is still shrouded in secret. a various diversity of practitioners variety from white-bearded Indian mystics to celebrities like Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow. Positioning Yoga presents an outline of the improvement of yoga, from its advent to Western audiences via the Indian Swami Vivekananda on the 1893 Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago to types of sleek perform. What makes yoga practitioners affiliated with Swami Sivananda's Divine lifestyles Society of Rishikesh, India unique--whether they hail from Indian, North the United States, or Europe? What values around the globe have supported the surging acclaim for yoga over the last century? This soaking up publication considers how way of life values have made yoga an international and exhibits how this well known "lifestyle" is produced and disseminated throughout boundaries.

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Rather, I offer them as a pair of hermeneutic devices that can help us to visualize, describe, and understand the shapeshifting locations in which cosmopolitan ethnography takes place. Some of these locations are ephemeral, while others can more easily be revisited. They are all comprised of constituent units that I call vectors, each having certain identifiable characteristics – histories and futures, beliefs and goals, political, economic, social or ideological power that can be defined relative to each other, whether we are speaking of individual actors, institutions or other entities or objects.

13 Vivekananda used Advaita, or non-dualist, understandings of the nature of divinity to ground his version of yoga. 14 In addition to having specific theoretical agendas relating to universal spirituality and global unity, Vivekananda and, to an even greater extent Sivananda, focused attention on the notion of “practice” (abhyas in Hindi). 16 Helena Wulff reports a parallel experience in her comprehensive study of transnational ballet culture, suggesting that a “central dichotomy in the ballet world is the one separating the act of doing ballet from watching ballet” (Wulff 1998: 8).

Here, too, “came Rama and his brother, to do penance for the death of the demon-king, Ravana,”1 as described in the other major epic of India, the Ramayana. Today, as in the past, when one follows the Ganga up from the plains of Uttar Pradesh toward the Himalaya, the first place at which the transition from flatlands to mountains becomes truly evident is at Rishikesh town, just north of the well-known pilgrimage town of Hardwar, in the Garhwal. m. for meditation and prayer, and loves to watch sports and old movies on TV.

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