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Within most pre-modern, Indian traditions of yoga, the role of the guru is absolutely central. Indeed, it was often understood that yoga would simply not work without the grace of the guru. The modern period saw the dawn of new, democratic, scientific modes of yoga practice and teaching. While teachings and gurus have always adapted to the times and circumstances, the sheer pace of cultural change ushered in by modernity has led to some unprecedented innovations in the way gurus present themselves and their teachings, and the way they are received by their students.

Gurus of Modern Yoga explores the contributions of individual gurus to the formation of the practices and discourses of yoga today. The focus is not limited to India, but also extends to the teachings of yoga gurus in the modern, transnational world, and within the Hindu diaspora. Each section 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. As a whole, the book represents an extensive and diverse picture of the place of the guru, both past and present, 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 Hindu diaspora. 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.

About the Author

Mark Singleton is an Instructor at St. John's College.

Ellen Goldberg is Associate Professor of South Asian Religions at Queen's University.

Table of Contents

Contributors

Note on Transliteration

Introduction - Mark Singleton and Ellen Goldberg

Part One: Key Figures in Early Twentieth-Century Yoga

Chapter 1: Manufacturing Yogis: Swami Vivekananda as a Yoga Teacher - Dermot Killingley

Chapter 2: Remembering Sri Aurobindo and the Mother: The Forgotten Lineage of Integral Yoga - Ann Gleig and Charles I. Flores

Chapter 3: Shri Yogendra: Magic, Modernity and the Burden of the Middle-Class Yogi - Joseph S. Alter

Part Two: The Lineages of T. Krishnamacharya

Chapter 4: T. Krishnamacharya, Father of Modern Yoga - Mark Singleton and Tara Fraser

Chapter 5: Authorized by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois: The Role of Parampara and Lineage in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga - Jean Byrne

Chapter 6: B.K.S. Iyengar as a Yoga Teacher and Yoga Guru - Frederick M. Smith and Joan White

Chapter 7: The Institutionalization of the Yoga Tradition: Gurus B. K. S. Iyengar and Yogini Sunita in Britain - Suzanne Newcombe

Part Three: Tantra Based Gurus

Chapter 8: Swami Krpalvananda: The Man Behind Kripalu Yoga - Ellen Goldberg

Chapter 9: Muktananda: Entrepreneurial Godman, Tantric Hero - Andrea R. Jain

Chapter 10: Stretching toward the Sacred: John Friend and Anusara Yoga - Lola Williamson

Part Four: Bhaktiyoga

Chapter 11: Svaminarayana: Bhaktiyoga and the Aksarabhraman Guru - Hanna H. Kim

Chapter 12: Sathya Sai Baba and the Repertoire of Yoga - Smriti Srinivas

Part Five: Technology

Chapter 13: Engineering an Artful Practice: On Jaggi Vasudev's ISHA Yoga and Sri Sri Ravi Shakar's Art of Living - Joanne Punzo Waghorne

Chapter 14: Online Bhakti in a Modern Guru Organization - Maya Warrier

Part Six: Nation-Builders

Chapter 15: Eknath Ranade, Gurus and Jivanvratis (life-workers): Vivekananda Kendra's Promotion of the Yoga Way of Life - Gwilym Beckerlegge

Chapter 16: Swami Ramdev: Modern Yoga Revolutionary - Stuart Sarbacker

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780199938728
Author:
Singleton, Mark (edt)
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Singleton, Mark
Author:
Goldberg, Ellen
Subject:
Hinduism
Subject:
Religion & Theology | Hinduism
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Hinduism-General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20131231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
6.1 x 9.2 x 1.1 in 1.25 lb

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