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Embodying Transnational Yoga

Eating, Singing, and Breathing in Transformation

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“This passionate book combines inspired philosophical insight and critical commentary on a range of experiences that constitute transnational yoga. Based on years of participant observation in the United States and India, Miller’s intimate understanding of embodied practice provides a new, multivalent understanding of yoga in personal and social experience.”

Joseph S. Alter, author of Yoga in Modern India: The Body between Science and Philosophy

"Miller’s transnational, multi-sited ethnographic research issues a clarion call for more attention to the deeply embodied ways of living and worlding in yoga communities. Including chapters on dietary practices, mantra (chants) and kīrtan (sacred music), and prāṇāyāma (breathing exercises), this wonderfully conceived book is a vital reminder of all that yoga is beyond āsana (yoga postures)."

Amanda Lucia, author of White Utopias: The Religious Exoticism of Transformational Festivals

"[This book] offers a rich ethnographic exploration into the global dissemination of yoga, arguing that we must look beyond the prevalent focus on yoga postures to comprehend yoga’s contemporary transnational resonance fully. Through insightful case studies centered around food cultures, musical forms, and respiratory practices, Miller’s interdisciplinary work reveals crucial processes of embodied transformation that empower yoga teachers to insert their ideological frameworks across diverse geographic and cultural contexts. This groundbreaking book issues an urgent call to widen the scope of modern yoga scholarship by amplifying marginalized facets of practice and adopting more inclusive theoretical frameworks. [... it ] issues a much-needed call to move beyond narrow āsana-centric perspectives in modern yoga research by widening attention to understudied practices that shape contemporary yogic embodiments. Through illustrative case studies deftly fusing sharp cultural analysis with ethnographic storytelling, Miller’s book demonstrates why yoga scholarship must amplify marginalized practices, voices, and contexts to foster more accurate, inclusive understandings of transnational yoga. Overall, Miller’s new understandings could expand methodological approaches in modern yoga studies to move beyond just āsana and consider more holistic bodily practices. Also, it provides a conceptual model of “engaged alchemy” that blends transnational flows and frictions with somatic transformation that could be utilized in interdisciplinary explorations of contemporary transnational yoga."

Agi Wittich, Yoga Research

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Embodying Transnational Yoga is a refreshingly original, multi-sited ethnography of transnational yoga that obliges us to look beyond postural practice (as̄ana) in modern yoga research.

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Embodying Transnational Yoga is a refreshingly original, multi-sited ethnography of transnational yoga that obliges us to look beyond postural practice (as̄ana) in modern yoga research.

The book introduces readers to three alternative, understudied categories of transnational yoga practice which include food, music, and breathing. Studying these categories of embodied practice using interdisciplinary methods reveals transformative “engaged alchemies” that have been extensively deployed by contemporary disseminators of yoga. Readers will encounter how South Asian dietary regimens, musical practices, and breathing techniques have been adapted into contemporaneous worlds of yoga practice both within, but also beyond, the Indian Ocean rim.

The book brings the field of Modern Yoga Studies into productive dialogue with the fields of Indian Ocean Studies, Embodiment Studies, Food Studies, Ethnomusicology, and Pollution Studies. It will also be a valuable resource for both scholarly work and for teaching in the fields of Religious Studies, Anthropology, and South Asian Religions.

Detaljer

Forlag
Routledge
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
164
ISBN
9781032538716
Utgivelsesår
2023
Format
23 x 16 cm

Om forfatteren

Christopher Jain Miller is Professor of Jain and Yoga Studies and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Arihanta Institute, San Jose, USA; Visiting Professor at Claremont School of Theology, Los Angeles, USA; and Visiting Researcher at the University of Zürich’s Asien-Orient-Institut, Zürich, Switzerland.

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“This passionate book combines inspired philosophical insight and critical commentary on a range of experiences that constitute transnational yoga. Based on years of participant observation in the United States and India, Miller’s intimate understanding of embodied practice provides a new, multivalent understanding of yoga in personal and social experience.”

Joseph S. Alter, author of Yoga in Modern India: The Body between Science and Philosophy

"Miller’s transnational, multi-sited ethnographic research issues a clarion call for more attention to the deeply embodied ways of living and worlding in yoga communities. Including chapters on dietary practices, mantra (chants) and kīrtan (sacred music), and prāṇāyāma (breathing exercises), this wonderfully conceived book is a vital reminder of all that yoga is beyond āsana (yoga postures)."

Amanda Lucia, author of White Utopias: The Religious Exoticism of Transformational Festivals

"[This book] offers a rich ethnographic exploration into the global dissemination of yoga, arguing that we must look beyond the prevalent focus on yoga postures to comprehend yoga’s contemporary transnational resonance fully. Through insightful case studies centered around food cultures, musical forms, and respiratory practices, Miller’s interdisciplinary work reveals crucial processes of embodied transformation that empower yoga teachers to insert their ideological frameworks across diverse geographic and cultural contexts. This groundbreaking book issues an urgent call to widen the scope of modern yoga scholarship by amplifying marginalized facets of practice and adopting more inclusive theoretical frameworks. [... it ] issues a much-needed call to move beyond narrow āsana-centric perspectives in modern yoga research by widening attention to understudied practices that shape contemporary yogic embodiments. Through illustrative case studies deftly fusing sharp cultural analysis with ethnographic storytelling, Miller’s book demonstrates why yoga scholarship must amplify marginalized practices, voices, and contexts to foster more accurate, inclusive understandings of transnational yoga. Overall, Miller’s new understandings could expand methodological approaches in modern yoga studies to move beyond just āsana and consider more holistic bodily practices. Also, it provides a conceptual model of “engaged alchemy” that blends transnational flows and frictions with somatic transformation that could be utilized in interdisciplinary explorations of contemporary transnational yoga."

Agi Wittich, Yoga Research

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