Part I: Concepts 1: What Is Yoga? 2: Cosmologies: Yogic Theories of the Big World 3: Bodies: Yogic Theories of the Little World 4: Mythologies: Yogic Role Models Part II: Histories 5: Ancient to Classical Yogas 6: Medieval to Early Modern Yogas 7: The Rise of Modern Yoga Part III: Modern Practice 8: Gurus, Lineages, and Yogic Authority 9: Liberating the Modern Self Through the Business of Yoga 10: Yoga Therapies and the Science of Salvation Glossary
Anya Foxen is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Women's and Gender Studies at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, USA. She is a yoga teacher and long-time practitioner. Christa Kuberry is a yoga teacher, yoga student, and yoga scholar. She is the Vice President of Standards at Yoga Alliance.
"Foxen and Kuberry meticulously trace the historical paths of yoga and delineate its key concepts, posing important questions, for example, about gender. They manage to balance recovery and critique, complicating any straightforward narrative of an authentic yoga tradition undergoing change and eventually morphing into its modern practice. There is no competing study, but much demand, for a textbook like this one."
-Andrea R. Jain, Indiana University School of Liberal Arts, USA. Author of Peace Love Yoga: The Politics of Global Spirituality.