A History of Modern Yoga: Patanjali and Western Esotericism

A History of Modern Yoga: Patanjali and Western Esotericism A History Of Modern Yoga Traces The Roots Of Modern Yoga Back To The Spread Of Western Esoteric Ideas In 18th Century Bengal S Intellectual Circles In Due Course Raja Yoga, Published By Vivekananda In 1896, Became The Seminal Text Of Modern Yoga Largely Because, The Author Shows, It Reconfigured The Yoga Sutras Of Patanjali Along The Lines Of A Then Emerging New Age Occultistic Style Of Secularised And Individualistically Oriented Religiosity.With Regard To 20th Century Developments, This Book Proposes A Four Fold Typology Of Modern Yoga Comprising Modern Psychosomatic, Modern Meditational, Modern Postural And Modern Denominational Forms Iyengar Yoga, One Of The Most Influential Schools Of Modern Postural Yoga, Is Then Analyzed In The Light Of This Framework, While The Conclusion Shows How A Typical Modern Postural Yoga Session May Be Interpreted To Reveal The Forms And Contents Of A Healing Ritual Of Secular Religion.

10 thoughts on “A History of Modern Yoga: Patanjali and Western Esotericism

  1. says:

    I m somewhat ambivalent about this book On the one hand, I think it is a useful exploration of the roots of Modern Yoga, but on the other it s a dry and confusing read that does little to make the topic accessible to all but the determined reader That said, the second section is much better than ...

  2. says:

    A comprehensive index and a glossary would have made this book accessible and easier to read The first half of the book suffered from bad editing while the second half, primarily about Hatha yoga and Iyengar was worth picking up the book My suggestion read the second half first.

  3. says:

    Very interesting theory I havent factchecked the book completely, but it seems largely true The title is a bit overly specific given the content though This is essentially an account of the development of what is sometimes called modern neo hinduism or neo vedanta This book will really bother anyone in the middle class Hindu diaspora, or anyone who follows the most modern, relatively unified system of Hinduism which exists in India, who is dogmatically attached to the notion that their version of Hinduism is an unchanged version of what existed prior to Colonial influence I saw some sections which seemed to exaggerate the role played by the Brahmo Samaj, or identified old Upanishadic ideas as being Brahmo innovations, but these were few and far between But because of those, and the controversial nature of the subject, I m not going to endorse this book fully until I examine it much closely I think its a pretty good documentation of the encounter between the ancient Hindu past...

  4. says:

    this would ve been a 4.5 or so, but the book was particularly terribly written, which is too bad, because it s got quite a bit of useful, genuine scholarship which can t be found anywhere else.

  5. says:

    cool read.

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