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Gurus of Modern Yoga$
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Mark Singleton and Ellen Goldberg

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199938704

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199938704.001.0001

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Remembering Sri Aurobindo and the Mother: The Forgotten Lineage of Integral Yoga

Remembering Sri Aurobindo and the Mother: The Forgotten Lineage of Integral Yoga

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(p.38) Chapter 2 Remembering Sri Aurobindo and the Mother: The Forgotten Lineage of Integral Yoga
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Gurus of Modern Yoga
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Ann Gleig

Charles I. Flores

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199938704.003.0003

This chapter attempts to rectify the neglect of Sri Aurobindo in studies of modern yoga by both fleshing out his role as a key player in the modern yoga renaissance and recovering some of the concealed but nonetheless important impacts of Aurobindo on the contemporary yoga climate. First, we offer an outline of the life and work of Aurobindo to flesh out his role in the formation of modern yoga. Second, we reflect on the status of physical culture and hatha yoga in Aurobindo’s system of integral yoga. Third, we track the continuing presence of Aurobindo on the contemporary yoga scene through revealing what we are identifying as close and creative lineages. Finally, we reflect on why Aurobindo has been somewhat forgotten in modern yoga scholarship and what can be gained through recovering integral yoga for a larger audience.

Keywords:   Sri Aurobindo, Integral Yoga, Yoga, Spirituality, Psychology

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