(As featured in Saraswati’s Scoop, the news section of YogaRose.net)
Earlier this year, funders were being collected through a campaign on Indiegogo (Indiegogo: “The world’s funding platform. Go fund yourself.”) to complete a collection of essays driven by a “DIY collaborative ethos.” A total of 72 funders contributed $3,086, and some knew only this about the project:
While there are countless yoga books out there, 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics, and Practice is the first to critically examine yoga as it actually exists in North America today. Written by experienced practitioners who are also teachers, therapists, activists, scholars, studio owners, and/or interfaith ministers, this unique set of essays provides a fresh take on the promise and pitfalls of contemporary yoga, exploring its relevance for issues including feminism, body image, psychology, activism, ethics, and spirituality.
My Ashtanga teacher is one of the contributors, but that’s not the only reason I’m looking forward to my copy arriving in the mail. I think what I’m most excited about is that between this book and the upcoming Kickstarter-funded Roots of Yoga, 2012 seems to be a good year for intellectually refreshing, community-supported yoga book projects. Thank goodness, because we desperately need something to balance out the celebrity-driven, irresponsible fluff that brings a McYoga approach to the practice.
Here’s a peek inside the contents of the book:
- Introduction: Yoga and North American Culture – Carol Horton
- Enlightenment 2.0: The American Yoga Experiment – Julian Walker
- How Yoga Makes You Pretty: The Beauty Myth, Yoga and Me – Melanie Klein
- Questioning the “Body Beautiful”: Yoga, Commercialism, and Discernment – Poep Sa Frank Jude Boccio
- Bifurcated Spiritualities: Examining Mind/Body Splits in the North American Yoga and Zen Communities – Nathan Thompson
- Starved for Connection: Healing Anorexia Through Yoga – Chelsea Roff
- Yoga and the 12 Steps: Holistic Recovery from Addiction – Tommy Rosen
- Modern Yoga Will Not Form a Real Culture Until Every Studio Can Also Double as a Soup Kitchen and other observations from the threshold between yoga and activism – Matthew Remski
- Yoga for War: The Politics of the Divine – Be Scofield
- Our True Nature is Our Imagination: Yoga and Non-Violence at the Edge of the World – Michael Stone
- How Yoga Messed With My Mind – Angela Jamison
- Afterword: The Evolution of Yoga and the Practice of Writing – Roseanne Harvey
About the editors:
Carol Horton, Ph.D., is the author of Yoga Ph.D.: Integrating the Life of the Mind with the Wisdom of the Body (Kleio, 2012); and Race and the Making of American Liberalism (Oxford University Press, 2005).
Roseanne Harvey is the former editor of the leading Canadian yoga magazine, Ascent; founder of the popular blog, It’s All Yoga, Baby; and co-director of Yoga Festival Montreal.
Interested yet, and didn’t contribute to the Indiegogo campaign? Snag your copy for $15.
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