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Yoga BodyThe Origins of Modern Posture Practice$
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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

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The Medium and the Message: Visual Reproduction and the āsana Revival

The Medium and the Message: Visual Reproduction and the āsana Revival

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(p.163) 8 The Medium and the Message: Visual Reproduction and the āsana Revival
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Yoga Body
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Mark Singleton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395358.003.0009

The argument in Chapter 8 is that modern postural practice cannot be understood without an examination of the technologies of visual reproduction. Advances in photography and print distribution created the conditions for a popular yoga of the body and dictated to a large extent the features of that body. The result of modern yoga's overwhelming reliance on photographic realism has elided the body of “traditional” haṭha yoga.

Keywords:   modern postural yoga, modern yoga, āsana, physical culture, photography

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