In this new episode of Somatic Podcast, we begin a two part mini-series on the history and politics of modern postural yoga. In this part one, we play an interview with Dr. Andrea Jain, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, and editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. This episode coincides with the release of Dr. Jain’s new book Peace, Love, Yoga: The Politics of Global Spirituality (Oxford University Press). In our discussion, Dr. Jain touches on the complex history of yoga, its emergence as a mass consumer product in the twentieth century, and the politics of yoga as a “spiritual commodity” shaped by the global neoliberal capitalism..
Visit our website SomaticPodcast.com to read the accompanying blog post for the episode, complete with links to Dr. Jain's new book as well as other articles and sources on the topic of contemporary yoga culture.
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Samuel M. Clevenger, Ph.D.
Sport Management, Towson University