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By Mark Singleton

Yoga is so frequent within the sleek world--practiced via pop stars, taught in colleges, and provided in yoga facilities, future health golf equipment, or even procuring malls--that we take its presence, and its which means, with no consideration. yet how did the present yoga increase ensue? And is it rather rooted in historical Indian practices, as lots of its adherents claim?

In this groundbreaking e-book, Mark Singleton calls into query many usually held ideals concerning the nature and origins of postural yoga (asana) and indicates a greatly new means of figuring out the which means of yoga because it is practiced through thousands of individuals internationally at the present time. Singleton exhibits that, opposite to renowned trust, there's no facts within the Indian culture for the type of future health and fitness-oriented asana perform that dominates the worldwide yoga scene of the twenty-first century. Singleton's surprising--and absolutely controversial--thesis is that yoga because it is popularly practiced this day owes a better debt to trendy Indian nationalism and, much more unusually, to the religious aspirations of ecu bodybuilding and early 20th-century women's gymnastic activities of Europe and the United States, than it does to any historical Indian yoga culture. This discovery permits Singleton to provide an explanation for, as nobody has performed earlier than, how the main universal sorts of postural yoga, like Ashtanga, Bikram and "Hatha" yoga, got here to be the highly renowned phenomena they're today.

Drawing on a wealth of infrequent records from documents in India, the united kingdom and the us, in addition to interviews with the few closing, now very aged figures within the Nineteen Thirties Mysore asana revival, Yoga Body turns the traditional knowledge approximately yoga on its head.

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