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1. Title Title of document Yoga on the Telly - 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; yoga on television; Yoga for Health; Richard Hittleman; Lyn Marshall
5. Subject Subject classification yoga; Indian religions; spirituality
6. Description Abstract Simultaneous to the youth exploration of yoga and Indian spirituality was an increasing standardization and accessibility of yoga as exercise on television. The first presentations of Sir Paul Dukes (1889– 1967) on BBC television in 1949 were not well received by audiences. However, by the late 1960s the public was much more receptive. Perhaps the most popular televised programme in Britain was Yoga for Health (1971-74), imported from the United States and featuring Richard Hittleman (1927-1991). The success of Hittleman’s series lead to a UK-based spin-off series featuring Lyn Marshall which continued into the 1980s and a number of rival BBC programmes featuring yoga taught by Aruthur Balaskas which had been influenced by the anti-psychiatry of R.D. Laing, as well as a yoga feature on the popular lunchtime show Pebble Mill at One, whose yoga teachers had been taught by Punjabi immigrants to Britain, Dr. Gopal and Kalaish Puri. This chapter argues that yoga on television was a continuation of the adult education cultural form in which secular benefits for health and wellbeing were emphasized.
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.33791
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