By Sarah Strauss
Final 12 months, greater than seven million americans participated in yoga or tai chi classes.Yet regardless of its acceptance the genuine nature of yoga is still shrouded in secret. a various variety of practitioners variety from white-bearded Indian mystics to celebrities like Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow. Positioning Yoga presents an outline of the improvement of yoga, from its creation to Western audiences by way of the Indian Swami Vivekananda on the 1893 Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago to varieties of smooth perform. What makes yoga practitioners affiliated with Swami Sivananda's Divine existence Society of Rishikesh, India unique--whether they hail from Indian, North the US, or Europe? What values all over the world have supported the surging acclaim for yoga over the last century? This soaking up ebook considers how way of life values have made yoga a world and indicates how this well known "lifestyle" is produced and disseminated throughout limitations.
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Before going to India, she had been a student at “The First Yoga School in Germany,” started by Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh’s discipleby-mail, Boris Sacharow. Since returning from India, Karen had cut back to threequarter time at her stressful job as a social worker at a battered women’s shelter. Stress is a major part of her life – experiencing it, then trying to relieve it through yoga, diet, playing with her cats, and working in her garden. When she was in India, practicing yoga several hours a day in a structured setting, she felt that her general health was much better than at home, when she had the time and self-discipline only on weekends or random days to practice.
Rishikesh was the primary field site, and the locus for most of my ethnographic research. However, the time I spent in several other locations, often with the same people in more than one place, enhanced my understanding of the network of Sivananda yoga practitioners immensely. While multi-sited research was not evenly distributed across field sites, this type of project still required a different approach to the concept of “the field” (Amit 2000; Strauss 2000). ” The use of a “local” language, which usually constitutes one of the hallmarks of anthropological fieldwork, was itself an issue.
One of the tourist guides available in Rishikesh lists the major languages spoken in the town as Hindi, Garhwali, Punjabi and English, and it is certainly the case that the vast majority of business people I met in Rishikesh town were of Punjabi origin. The major castes represented in the region are Brahmans, Rajputs, and Doms (cf. Berreman 1963); there are a few Muslims and a small mosque. Because of its location, Rishikesh draws residents from both the hill villages and the plains; since the early 1990s, there has been a steady stream of urban retirees moving to Rishikesh.
Positioning Yoga by Sarah Strauss