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1. Title Title of document Index - Yoga in Britain
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Suzanne Newcombe; Open University and Inform, King's College London; 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
5. Subject Subject classification yoga; Indian religions; spirituality
6. Description Abstract YOGA IN BRITAIN reveals how yoga came to be an accepted, mainstream activity in the twentieth century. During this period, yoga transformed from an esoteric concept into a something that would be taught to thousands of middle-class women in adult education classes. For the post-war welfare state, yoga was understood as having potential public beneĀ­fit in promoting physical health and wellbeing. The structure of yoga classes which developed in this context established certification structures and secular, replicable class forms. This setting is crucial for understanding the methods and expectations found in globally popular forms of yoga.

Moreover, yoga has not developed in a linear manner. Old and new forms co-exist, adapting to suit the specific needs of particular populations. In twentieth-first century Britain, yoga cannot be collapsed into a form of neoliberal commercialism or cultural appropriation, although these influences on yoga in Britain are also evident. Using extensive archival evidence and oral history interviews, the book reveals the diversity of individuals involved with the popularisation of yoga. In Britain, as throughout the globe, yoga continues to be understood and practiced in very distinctive ways by different people.
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.38978
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