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Krishnamacharya’s Viniyoga: On Modern Yoga and Sri Vaisnavism
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, Comparative Religion and Gender Studies. Religionshistoria.
2005 (English)In: Journal of Vaishnava Studies, Vol. 14, no 1, 65-94 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

This article looks at how Yoga is conceptualized, practiced, and authorized within the contemporary style of Viniyoga. Viniyoga plays an important part in Modern Yoga, one of the most influential and widespread examples of appropriating Indian religion in contemporary Western settings. Moreover, Viniyoga also represents an unprecedented amalgamation of meditative practices, physical therapy and devotionalism. Viniyoga in fact combines more traditional religious sentiments and practices with fashionable healthist ideologies and New Age cosmologies. I analyze these features by taking a closer look at the views of one of the most important figures in the development of Modern Yoga, the Vaishnava Brahmin Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (1888-1989).

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2005. Vol. 14, no 1, 65-94 p.
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modern yoga, Vaishnavism, Patanjalis Yogasutras
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History of Religions
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-19314OAI: diva2:185838
Available from: 2007-11-02 Created: 2007-11-02 Last updated: 2011-01-12Bibliographically approved

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