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Middle Class Women Join Evening Classes

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1. Title Title of document Middle Class Women Join Evening Classes - Yoga in Britain
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Suzanne Newcombe; Open University and Inform, LSE; United Kingdom
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) yoga; yoga education; wellbeing; spirituality; Indian religions; popularity of yoga; spread of yoga; adult education
5. Subject Subject classification yoga; Indian religions; spirituality
6. Description Abstract This chapter focuses on those attending yoga classes in the adult education context during the 1960s, primarily married, middle-class women. The venue of adult education evening classes provided a safe environment for women to achieve some respite and reorientation towards their lives. Yoga as exercise in adult education contexts also drew upon established forms of female physical education. The popularity of yoga in this period can be partially explained by the strength of a social pressure that women as responsible for their own health and that of their entire family. Yoga was promoted as a way to make women better wives and mothers while encouraging, in a socially acceptable way, feelings of freedom and autonomy.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Jun-2019
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.33789
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Yoga in Britain
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) UK,
20th and 21st centuries
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd