When the history of yoga becomes an unexplainable series of event - a review of Andrea R. Jain Selling Yoga
Below you will find a link to download a review of A.R. Jain "Selling Yoga". The article is mainly for people interested in the methodology of history writing. It is about how to explain cultural historical developments. Most historians focuses on great cultural personalities in explaining how cultural practices like yoga emerge and transform. They home in on the charismatic genius and spend a lot of time clarifying the brilliant ideas and its implications for history. Doing this they will occasionally borrow sociological concepts and theories to put the cultural hero into perspective. The article puts forward an alternative approach which is build on a historical sociological methodology of how to explain the emergence and settlement of new cultural institutions.
I have been involved with yoga asana on and off since the late 1970s. During those years the role of yoga in society has changed dramatically. This blog aims to create debate and awareness of those changes.