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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Kleio Books (September 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615617603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615617602
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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.

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Carol Horton writes about yoga from the unique perspective of a social scientist who is also a longtime yoga practitioner and certified yoga teacher. A former political science professor, Carol holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and served on the faculty at Macalester College. She is also a Certified Forrest Yoga Teacher and volunteers with Yoga for Recovery, teaching yoga to women in Chicago's Cook County Jail.

Her most recent book, "21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics, and Practice," is a co-edited collection of essays exploring yoga's relevance to contemporary social issues including body image, eating disorders, addiction recovery, political activism, and body-positive spirituality. She is also the author of "Yoga Ph.D.: Integrating the Life of the Mind and the Wisdom of the Body," which will be published in October 2012. This book explores the nature of contemporary yoga - where it came from, how it works, and why it has become so popular - from her own unique perspective as a political science professor-turned-yoga teacher.

Carol blogs about yoga regularly at Think Body Electric, Elephant Journal, and Yoga Modern. To learn more, visit her website, carolhortonphd.com.

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The essays in this book explain yoga's evolution in the west.
RG
Klein combines historical and critical analyses of the culture's relentless "pursuit of pretty" with powerful personal experience.
Sarah Swanson
If you are a yoga teacher or serious student, you will enjoy this book.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Swanson on October 3, 2012
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I received my copy of 21st Century Yoga a couple of days ago and have not been able to put the collection down! I am a voracious reader, so I when I come across a book, essay, or article that stands out from the legion of texts that I have read: it really means something. This is the first Amazon review that I have ever written; I was motivated to write because of the impact that the essays had upon me. The collection comprises a diverse array of essays examining the various incarnations and manifestations of yoga in the present day. I was especially intrigued by the personal nature of many essays. Melanie Klein's essay, "How Yoga Makes You Pretty: The Beauty Myth, Yoga and Me" examines the way in which the practice of yoga powerfully counteracts the mainstream media "assault" upon the self-image and subjectivity of females (and also males). Klein combines historical and critical analyses of the culture's relentless "pursuit of pretty" with powerful personal experience. Klein so successfully taps into the universal female struggle against objectification and for acceptance that I felt as though she was telling my own story. For centuries women having been fighting an impossible battle to "measure up to mainstream standards of beauty." I describe this battle as 'impossible' because the ends are inherently unattainable. Mainstream media promises us that happiness lies in shedding that final five pounds, so we lose the five pounds and: surprise, surprise the promised 'happiness' eludes us. Maybe we try losing another five or maybe disillusioned and frustrated we pack on another five pounds, maybe we shelve the idea of weight loss altogether and turn instead to focus on 'improving' our wrinkles or our hair...Read more ›
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Felicitas on October 11, 2012
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I have been teaching and practicing Yoga for almost 20 years. The voices in 21st Century Yoga are intelligent, bold, creative and reading this book has restored my faith in the world of Yoga. I thought I needed to withdraw from the Yoga world at large to preserve the sacredness of it. After reading 21st century I feel inspired and uplifted. THANK YOU for putting this book out! If you want to manifest a yogic path that is profound and relevant these are the voices you want to hear!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Chiasson on March 25, 2013
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I would have given this three and a half stars, it is not a terrible book at all. The description very openly tells the reader that these are just the beginning stages of many discussions that need to be made, and that is true. The discussion of how yoga feeds into the unhealthy obsession with appearance and the materialism of our culture is very important, as is the real irony of discarding patriarchal, authoritative religion while embracing...a basically patriarchal, authoritative religion. There are important topics here, but they left me wanting more of the good essays, and less of the others. Some are not well constructed, or fail to make a point, or simply did not resonate with me.
A good, but not great book.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AngieB on November 20, 2012
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This book is greatly needed in today's society. It is a collection of essays from teachers and scholars around the globe beginning provocative conversations about where Yoga is in today's modern world. I believe it is a must-read for all teachers, and practitioners of Yoga.

The essays take a look at some challenging aspects of our human race such as; addiction, body-image issues, commercialism, and social & environmental activism. My favorite chapters are 7 & 9.

This entire book is thought-provoking, and inspiring. By beginning the conversations in our society about what it is that we are doing, and why, it brings us to face our truth, gives us permission to examine it, to feel it and to be aware of our impact as a human race, to our communities, our earth, and our relationships. This is no single-sided promotion of any one viewpoint, but rather opens a platform for thought and speech, giving us tools for self-study and raises awareness of how our individual impact affects the whole world because we are not separate.

The authors display courage to share their personal path through Yoga, and how this relates to the general public/our society. Whether you personally identify with their experiences or not, there are practitioners out there who will (possibly whomever you practice with), and we need to be open and compassionate with EVERY spirit that makes our world glisten. The authors are bringing up issues that are typically not discussed, or hidden within the psyche of our communities, the writing is bold, provocative, examining and invites Self-study, activism and change. Thank you for putting this out
there! Jai!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Fox on November 15, 2012
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Yoga means many things to many people. Some complain that it has completely lost its connection to its Indian roots. I say, who cares? Like everything else in life, yoga is evolving and changing over time and space. This books offers different perspectives on yoga in America today. It's a fascinating read for anyone with an interest in yoga.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bob Weisenberg on September 24, 2012
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Great book. Carol and many of the contributors to 21st Century Yoga have been long-time contributors to elephantjournal.com, and they are all innovative thinkers and good writers. So, when I heard that Carol was putting together a book of their essays I was excited, to say the least.

And it does not disappoint. It's not because you'll agree with everything here. As Carol points out in her excellent introduction, these writers don't even agree with each other on a lot of things. That wasn't the purpose of bringing these minds together.

But you will be surprised and provoked and inspired and discouraged, sometimes all at once. You might be inspired to respond and converse with these fine people, and you'll have ample opportunity to do so, because Carol tells me she is planning a series of articles/discussions on elephantjournal.com where you will be welcome to come and join in the action.

Thank you, Carol, and all the 21st Century writers, for a varied and highly readable contribution to our understanding of contemporary Yoga.

Bob Weisenberg
Associate Publisher
elephantjournal.com
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