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Book: Yoga in Britain

Chapter: Yoga as Therapy

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.33792


Many reported experience of physical pain and suffering as a motivation to begin yoga practice. This chapter explores the growth of yoga as therapy to deal with specific medical complaints, with a particular focus on The Yoga for Health Foundation, the Yoga Biomedical Trust and B.K.S. Iyengar’s traditions of yoga for ‘remedial’ conditions as varying visions of applying yoga as therapy. The further professionalization of yoga teaching in the therapeutic context is considered. It is argued that yoga in Britain avoided a medical model of professionalization, while maintaining a popular promise of improving health and well-being.

Chapter Contributors

  • Suzanne Newcombe ( - shn44) 'Open University and Inform, LSE'