The Path of Modern Yoga: The History of an Embodied Spiritual Practice

The Path of Modern Yoga: The History of an Embodied Spiritual Practice

The Path of Modern Yoga: The History of an Embodied Spiritual Practice

By: Elliott Goldberg


Publication Date:
Aug, 10 2016
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A history of yoga’s transformation from sacred discipline to exercise program to embodied spiritual practice. Identifies the origin of exercise yoga as India’s response to the mania for exercise sweeping the West in the early 20th century. Examines yoga’s transformations through the lives and accomplishments of 11 key figures, including Sri Yogendra, K. V. Iyer, Louise Morgan, Krishnamacharya, Swami Sivananda, Indra Devi and B. K. S. Iyengar. Draws on more than 10 years of research from rare primary sources and includes 99 illustrations . In The Path of Modern Yoga, Elliott Goldberg shows how yoga was transformed from a sacred practice into a health and fitness regime for middle-class Indians in the early 20th century and then gradually transformed over the course of the 20th century into an embodied spiritual practice--a yoga for our times. Drawing on more than 10 years of research from rare primary sources as well as recent scholarship, Goldberg tells the sweeping story of modern yoga through the remarkable lives and accomplishments of 11 key figures: Six Indian yogis (Sri Yogendra, Swami Kuvalayananda, S. Sundaram, T. Krishnamacharya, Swami Sivananda and B.K.S. Iyengar), an Indian bodybuilder (K. V. Iyer), a rajah (Bhavanarao Pant Pratinidhi), an American-born journalist (Louise Morgan), an Indian diplomat (Apa Pant) and a Russian-born yogi trained in India.