Organising Modern Yoga: Transnational Dissemination of Posture Practice

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SOAS University of London

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A free historical talk on the reasons why some yoga schools have spread throughout the world whilst others have been less "successful".

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Why have certain yoga schools successfully transcended geographical boundaries and endured over time, while others have faded away?

As interest in yoga practice climbed over the 20th century, efforts were made to organize posture practice (āsana) into specific styles . At the forefront of these developments were Sivananda Saraswati, Tirumalai Krishnamacharya and their leading disciples, including B.K.S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, T.K.V. and Kausthub Desikachar.

In this talk, Dr. Bartos will examine what made these teachers so successful in disseminating their yoga practice around the world. She will explore the organizational structures and functions that contributed to the export of practices from India, drawing upon extensive archival research and interviews in India and the UK.

This event is free but booking is required.

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Dr. Hannah Bartos completed a doctoral thesis at SOAS under the supervision of Dr. Peter Flügel. Her research focuses primarily on the social organization of modern yoga practice. Hannah started practising yoga in Asia in the mid-1990s and has been a qualified British Wheel of Yoga teacher since 2010. She is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and a Member of the British Association for the Study of Religions.

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