Yoga in Britain
Yoga in Britain reveals how yoga came to be an accepted, mainstream activity. In mid-twentieth century Britain, yoga transformed from an esoteric concept into a something that could be taught in to middle-class women in adult education classes.
Much of the popularization of yoga in this context was seen in terms of being a source of potential public benefit in promoting physical health and wellbeing. Yoga was also widely acknowledged to offer an opportunity for spiritual exploration, but largely as a private, highly individual concern.
Using extensive archival evidence and oral history interviews, the book stresses the importance of adult educational structures in how yoga was popularized in twentieth century Britain. It argues that this context is crucial in understanding the contemporary popularity of yoga globally.
Published: Jul 1, 2019
|Prelims - Prologue|
|Rethinking Yoga||Suzanne Newcombe|
|The Literary Elite – Booksellers and Publishers||Suzanne Newcombe|
|The Self-Taught Yogis, Adult Education and the Wheel of Yoga||Suzanne Newcombe|
|Charismatic Gurus in Adult Education||Suzanne Newcombe|
|Middle Class Women Join Evening Classes||Suzanne Newcombe|
|Yoga in Popular Music and 'Counter Culture' (the 60s and 70s)||Suzanne Newcombe|
|Yoga on the Telly||Suzanne Newcombe|
|Yoga as Therapy||Suzanne Newcombe|
|Diversity of Practice and Practitioners||Suzanne Newcombe|
|Yoga in Britain after the 1980s||Suzanne Newcombe|