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Yoga BodyThe Origins of Modern Posture Practice$
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Mark Singleton

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195395358

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395358.001.0001

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T. Krishnamacharya and the Mysore Āsana Revival

T. Krishnamacharya and the Mysore Āsana Revival

(p.175) 9 T. Krishnamacharya and the Mysore Āsana Revival
Yoga Body

Mark Singleton

Oxford University Press

Chapter 9 considers the vastly influential postural forms developed by T. Krishnamacharya during his tenure as yoga teacher in Mysore during the 1930s and 1940s. The preceding chapters force us to see these radically innovative forms, which are at the root of several of today's preeminent postural systems, as stemming from a modern preoccupation with physical culture. Demonstrated is that Krishnamacharya's distinctive style of yoga practice is not as unique as one might assume but is a powerful synthesis of Western and Indian modes of physical culture, contextualized within “traditional” haṭha yoga.

Keywords:   modern postural yoga, modern yoga, āsana, physical culture, Krishnamacharya, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, gymnastics, bodybuilding

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