A History of Modern Yoga: Patanjali and Western Esotericism by Elizabeth De MichelisA History of Modern Yoga: Patanjali and Western Esotericism by Elizabeth De Michelis

A History of Modern Yoga: Patanjali and Western Esotericism

byElizabeth De Michelis

Paperback | December 8, 2005

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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.

Title:A History of Modern Yoga: Patanjali and Western EsotericismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:302 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:December 8, 2005Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0826487726

ISBN - 13:9780826487728


Table of Contents

Introduction PART I: The Prehistory of Modern Yoga 1. Roots of Modern Yoga 2. The religious foundations of Modern Yoga 3. Vivekananda and the emergence of Neo-Ved¿ntic occultism 4. "God-realisation" and "Self-realisation" in Neo-Ved¿nta PART II: Modern Yoga Theory and Practice 5. Vivekananda's Raja-Yoga (1896): Modern Yoga formulated 6. 20th century developments of Modern Yoga 7. Theory and practice of Iyengar Yoga 8. Conclusion: Modern Postural Yoga as healing ritual of secular religion

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'...De Michelis greatly adds to our knowledge of how contemporary presentations of yoga differ from earlier ones.'