Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Yoga BodyThe Origins of Modern Posture Practice$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Mark Singleton

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195395358

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395358.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 20 September 2017

Popular Portrayals of the Yogin

Popular Portrayals of the Yogin

Chapter:
(p.55) 3 Popular Portrayals of the Yogin
Source:
Yoga Body
Author(s):

Mark Singleton

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395358.003.0004

In chapter 3 covers the topos of the performing yogin. As a result of economic and political repression in the late eighteenth century, many haṭha yogins resorted to street performance as a means of livelihood. This, combined with new technologies of photojournalism, made the postural contortions of the yogin a familiar component of the “exotic East.” The late nineteenth‐century yoga syntheses of Vivekananda, Blavatsky, and others betray a profound distaste for the posture‐practicing yogin, and their writings tend to denigrate the value of such practices. It is for this reason that āsana was initially absent from transnational anglophone yogas.

Keywords:   yoga, yogin, haṭha yoga, modern postural yoga, modern yoga, āsana, Vivekananda, Blavatsky

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .