Gurus of Modern Yoga

Paperback | November 19, 2013

EditorMark Singleton, Ellen Goldberg

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Gurus of Modern Yoga explores the contributions that individual gurus have made to the formation of the practices and discourses of yoga in today's world. The focus is not limited to India, but also extends to the teachings of yoga gurus in the modern, transnational world, and within the Hindudiaspora. Each of the sections deals with a different aspect of the guru within modern yoga. Included are extensive considerations of the transnational tantric guru; the teachings of modern yoga's best-known guru, T. Krishnamacharya, and those of his principal disciples; the place of technology,business and politics in the work of global yoga gurus; and the role of science and medicine. Although the principal emphasis is on the current situation, some of the essays demonstrate the continuing influence of gurus from generations past. As a whole, the book represents an extensive and diverse picture of the place of the guru in contemporary yoga practice.

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Gurus of Modern Yoga explores the contributions that individual gurus have made to the formation of the practices and discourses of yoga in today's world. The focus is not limited to India, but also extends to the teachings of yoga gurus in the modern, transnational world, and within the Hindudiaspora. Each of the sections deals with a...

Mark Singleton is an Instructor at St. John's College. Ellen Goldberg is Associate Professor of South Asian Religions at Queen's University, Canada.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:November 19, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199938725

ISBN - 13:9780199938728

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ContributorsNote on TransliterationMark Singleton and Ellen Goldberg: IntroductionPart One: Key Figures in Early Twentieth-Century Yoga1. Dermot Killingley: Manufacturing Yogis: Swami Vivekananda as a Yoga Teacher2. Ann Gleig and Charles I. Flores: Remembering Sri Aurobindo and the Mother: The Forgotten Lineage of Integral Yoga3. Joseph S. Alter: Shri Yogendra: Magic, Modernity and the Burden of the Middle-Class YogiPart Two: The Lineages of T. Krishnamacharya4. Mark Singleton and Tara Fraser: T. Krishnamacharya, ''Father of Modern Yoga''5. Jean Byrne: ''Authorized by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois'': The Role of Parampara and Lineage in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga6. Frederick M. Smith and Joan White: B.K.S. Iyengar as a Yoga Teacher and Yoga Guru7. Suzanne Newcombe: The Institutionalization of the Yoga Tradition: ''Gurus'' B. K. S. Iyengar and Yogini Sunita in BritainPart Three: Tantra Based Gurus8. Ellen Goldberg: Swami Krpalvananda: The Man Behind Kripalu Yoga9. Andrea R. Jain: Muktananda: Entrepreneurial Godman, Tantric Hero10. Lola Williamson: Stretching toward the Sacred: John Friend and Anusara YogaPart Four: Bhaktiyoga11. Hanna H. Kim: Svaminarayana: Bhaktiyoga and the Aksarabhraman Guru12. Smriti Srinivas: Sathya Sai Baba and the Repertoire of YogaPart Five: Technology13. Joanne Punzo Waghorne: Engineering an Artful Practice: On Jaggi Vasudev's ISHA Yoga and Sri Sri Ravi Shakar's Art of Living14. Maya Warrier: Online Bhakti in a Modern Guru OrganizationPart Six: Nation-Builders15. Gwilym Beckerlegge: Eknath Ranade, Gurus and Jivanvratis (life-workers): Vivekananda Kendra's Promotion of the ''Yoga Way of Life''16. Stuart Sarbacker: Swami Ramdev: Modern Yoga RevolutionaryIndex