Sep 19, 2018

Yoga in Transformation: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Vienna Forum for Theology and Religious Studies, Volume 16

Vienna University Press

"This volume explores aspects of yoga over a period of about 2500 years. In its first part, it investigates facets of the South Asian and Tibetan traditions of yoga, such as the evolution of posture practice, the relationship between yoga and sex, yoga in the theistic context, the influence of Buddhism on early yoga, and the encounter of Islam with classical yoga. The second part addresses aspects of modern globalised yoga and its historical formation, as for example the emergence of yoga in Viennese occultism, the integration of yoga and nature cure in modern India, the eventisation of yoga in a global setting, and the development of Patañjali’s iconography. In keeping with the current trend in yoga studies, the emphasis of the volume is on the practice of yoga and its theoretical underpinnings."

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The editors

  • Karl Baier is Head of the Department of Religious Studies, University of Vienna.
  • Philipp A. Maas is Research Associate at the Institute for Indology and Central Asian Studies, University of Leipzig.
  • Karin Preisendanz holds the Chair of Indology at the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna.

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