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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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Modern Indian Physical Culture: Degeneracy and Experimentation

Modern Indian Physical Culture: Degeneracy and Experimentation

(p.95) 5 Modern Indian Physical Culture: Degeneracy and Experimentation
Yoga Body

Mark Singleton

Oxford University Press

Chapter 5 considers more closely the Indian physical culture scene of the period. Colonial educators tended to present Hindu Indians as a weakling race who deserved to be dominated. The British physical culture regimes, however, were adopted by Indians and used as components of nationalist programs of regeneration and resistance to colonial rule. It is in this context that āsana began to be combined with modern physical culture and reworked as an “indigenous” technique of man‐building. Considered here are what are probably the earliest experiments in the synthesis of yoga and physical culture.

Keywords:   modern postural yoga, modern yoga, āsana, degeneracy, physical culture, Indian nationalism

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