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Book: Post-lineage Yoga

Chapter: 1. Introduction

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.39168


Chapter 1 contextualises the emergence of post-lineage yoga as a phenomenon. While mindfulness apps and Instagram yoga stars are still in the business of selling yoga, we are also witnessing a widespread reckoning with abuses by high-profile teachers, and growing attempts to diversify the practice to marginalised and vulnerable populations. As I will show, all these developments are also characteristic of post-lineage yoga. Beyond the simple dichotomies of traditional versus commercial, spiritual versus secular, and indeed born of the productive tensions between them, post-lineage yoga defies easy categorisation.
• The usefulness of post-lineage yoga (PLY) as a concept for understanding a little-known British subculture of yoga camps and festivals
• A comparison of PLY with the visible yoga mainstream: PLY as subculture and as process
• Key features of the camps at the heart of the subculture

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