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De Michelis, Elizabeth

Works: 2 works in 26 publications in 1 language and 928 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Elizabeth De Michelis
A history of modern yoga : Patañjali and Western esotericism by Elizabeth De Michelis( )

23 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 925 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In recent years yoga and meditation have become mass market pursuits in the West. A History of Modern Yoga traces this phenomenon back to its ideological roots in the esoteric circles of late eighteenth-century Bengal, and follows some of its main developments to date. Fully-fledged Modern Yoga, the author argues, started with the publication of Swami Vivekananda's seminal Raja Yoga (1896), in which Patanjali's Yoga Sutras were reconfigured along the lines of a then-emerging New Age style of secularized and individualistically oriented religiosity." "But what exactly are yoga and meditation as taught and practised today? In order to map this unknown territory, this book discusses some of the central religio-philosophical tenets of Modern Yoga, and offers a fourfold typology comprising Modern Psychosomatic, Modern Meditational, Modern Postural and Modern Denominational forms of yoga. Special attention is then given to Modern Postural Yoga, and the teachings and practices of the influential lyengar school of yoga are analysed in detail. The book's 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. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET
Modern yoga : transmission of theory and practice by Elizabeth De Michelis( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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A history of modern yoga : Patañjali and Western esotericism
Alternative Names
Michelis Elizabeth De

English (26)