Transcultural Research – Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe in a Global Context

Yoga Traveling

Bodily Practice in Transcultural Perspective

Editors: Hauser, Beatrix (Ed.)

  • Presents contributions by well-known scholars in the field of modern yoga studies as well as several new authors from a broad range of disciplines (social anthropology, sociology, psychology, history of religions, education)
  • Investigates social phenomena related to yoga as cases in point to consider the transcultural flow of ideas, not following just one path, direction, or logic
  • Explores yoga as a situated practice, shaped in distinctive ways against the backdrop of both global forces and local imaginings of India and its traditions
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This book focuses on yoga’s transcultural dissemination in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In the course of this process, the term “yoga” has been associated with various distinctive blends of mental and physical exercises performed in order to achieve some sort of improvement, whether understood in terms of esotericism, fitness, self-actualization, body aesthetics, or health care. The essays in this volume explore some of the turning points in yoga’s historico-spatial evolution and their relevance to its current appeal. The authors focus on central motivations, sites, and agents in the spread of posture-based yoga as well as on its successive (re-)interpretation and diversification, addressing questions such as: Why has yoga taken its various forms? How do time and place influence its meanings, social roles, and associated experiences? How does the transfer into new settings affect the ways in which yogic practice has been conceptualized as a system, and on what basis is it still identified as (Indian) yoga? The initial section of the volume concentrates on the re-evaluation of yoga in Indian and Western settings in the first half of the twentieth century. The following chapters link global discourses to particular local settings and explore meaning production at the micro-social level, taking Germany as the focal site. The final part of the book focuses on yoga advertising and consumption across national, social, and discursive boundaries, taking a closer look at transnational and deterritorialized yoga markets, as well as at various classes of mobile yoga practitioners.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction: Transcultural Yoga(s). Analyzing a Traveling Subject

    Hauser, Beatrix

    Pages 1-34

  • Transnational Exchange and the Genesis of Modern Postural Yoga

    Singleton, Mark

    Pages 37-56

  • Magic and Yoga: The Role of Subcultures in Transcultural Exchange

    Newcombe, Suzanne

    Pages 57-79

  • The Impact of Kundalini Yoga on Concepts and Diagnostic Practice in Psychology and Psychotherapy

    Hofmann, Liane

    Pages 81-106

  • Touching the Limits, Assessing Pain: On Language Performativity, Health, and Well-Being in Yoga Classes

    Hauser, Beatrix

    Pages 109-134

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eBook $99.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Yoga Traveling
Book Subtitle
Bodily Practice in Transcultural Perspective
Editors
  • Beatrix Hauser
Series Title
Transcultural Research – Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe in a Global Context
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-00315-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-00315-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-00314-6
Series ISSN
2191-656X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 248
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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