'This wonderful study takes yoga out of the realm of Orientalism and Western romantic clich and shows that it is truly a flexible and circulating system of ideas, both in its bodily techniques and as an example of the cross-cultural flow of ideas about health, lifestyle and well-being. This is an exciting contribution to the study of global cultural flows at the same time as it shows how a specialized religious idiom can become a dynamic global industry. It will be of great interest to anthropologists, Asianists, scholars of religion and to the general reader who is curious to know how yoga really flows.'Arjun Appadurai, New School University'Provides the reader with much valuable historical data, insightful analysis and stimulating interpretative constructs.'Elizabeth De Michelis, University of Cambridge'Strauss has given us a marvellous account of the local and global forces that have shaped Sivananda's brand of yoga. This book is required reading for those who are intere
About the Author
Sarah Strauss is an associate professor, University of Wyoming and is the co-editor of Weather, Climate, Culture (Berg Publishers 2003).