Yoga in Modern India: The Body between Science and Philosophy / Edition 1

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"This is the first time Indian Modern Yoga has received such sustained, in-depth treatment by a reputable and well-informed scholar. Much of the book is quite accessible to the general reader, and many of Alter's more theoretical and analytical interpretations of modern understandings of yoga, health, medicine, the body, and truth claims are novel and stimulating. Highly recommended."—Elizabeth De Michelis, Director, Dharam Hinduja Institute of Indic Research, Cambridge University

"Yoga in Modern India is a mine of thought-provoking propositions in regard to the historiography of classical and modern writing on yoga. Well written, it provides detailed and frequently provocative analyses of particular yogic ideas and practices that contribute to a more sophisticated discussion about the status of modern yoga in its various guises over the last one-and-a-half centuries."—Waltraud Ernst, University of Southampton, author of Plural Medicine, Tradition, and Modernity, 1800-2000

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Winner of the 2006 Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Book Prize, South Asia Council, Association for Asian Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691118741
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 8/30/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph S. Alter is Professor of Anthropology and Research Professor at the University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of "The Wrestler's Body, Knowing Dil Das", and "Gandhi's Body".
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi
Preface xiii
Acknowledgments xxi
PART 1 INTRODUCTION AND ORIENTATION
chapter 1 Historicizing Yoga: The Life and Times of Liberated Souls 3
CHAPTER 2 Yoga and the Supramental Being: Materialism, Metaphysics, and Social Reality 32
PART 2 YOGA'S MODERN HISTORY AND PRACTICE
CHAPTER 3 Swami Kuvalayananda: Science, Yoga, and Global Modernity 73
CHAPTER 4 Birth of the Anti-Clinic: Naturopathic Yoga in a Post-Gandhian, Postcolonial State 109
CHAPTER 5 Dr. Karandikar, Dr. Pal, and the RSS: Purification, Subtle Gymnastics, and Man Making 142
PART 3 CONCLUSION 6
Auto-Urine Therapy—The Elixir of Life: Yoga, A yurveda, and Self-Perfection 181
CHAPTER 7 Mimetic Skepticism and Yoga: Moving beyond the Problem of Culture and Relativism 211
Notes 247
Glossary 273
References 283
Index 309

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