Article by Florian Pelletier Johnson
NamaSTAY hot yoga towels is dedicated to not only providing a state of the art slip free yoga experience but also quite curious about the origins of yoga committment in the United States. here is some information gathered from the Priya Thomas interview with the Stefanie Syman
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If you’re American and you do yoga, you’ve probably wondered, at some point mid-way through a sonorous closing chant of “OM” how yoga even found its way to these shores. The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America is Stefanie Syman’s folio of American yoga memories; a book dedicated to uncovering the cultural circuitry of American yoga practice. Each snapshot is a peek at the complicated love affair of Americans with yoga. A tango of a relationship that runs hot and cold by turns, The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America, tracks the historical development of yoga in American popular consciousness, its momentum, and its surprising staying power.
The book begins in Massachusetts where Transcendentalists Emerson and Thoreau poke at Hindu thought. As more Asian immigrants come to America transcendentalism shifts HIndu thought to the first gurus such as Vivekananda. And the story doesn’t stop there. It flows through the literary and spiritual histories of luminaries, and documents the spiritual shifts in a country’s consciousness through their stories. Among those explored are: Margaret Woodrow Wilson, Indra Devi, Alan Watts, Aldous Huxley, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Ruth St. Denis, Greta Garbo, BKS Iyengar, Bikram, Pattabhi Jois and Madonna.
While critics have argued that Ms. Syman omits modern evidence about the boom in yoga practice in the United States. We don’t agree. Instead, we think that this book weaves a fascinating tale about yoga’s immigrant status. Just like the people yoga came to America as one thing but like all Americans became what it needed to be to become something tremendous. In the early days, yoga existed on the fr inges of America inside circus tents or paraded from party to party by PT Barnumesque immigrants fighting to survive. They had to adapt and so did their approach to introducing what was once a religious path to what it is now. Not to belittle the power of yoga for Americans but yoga is also profitable.
Amid a recession, Americans spent .7 billion on yoga products, equipment, and clothing in 2008–87 percent more than they did in 2004, according to a study from Yoga Journal. Nearly 14 million Americans say a doctor or therapist has recommended yoga to them. As the culture grows join us on Facebookand tell us whether you think about Americas use yoga diferently from its original intent.
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