Degree Year

2003

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Sociology

Advisor(s)

Daphne John

Keywords

Yoga, Holistic, United States, Ohio, Exercise

Abstract

Yoga is depicted in U.S. popular culture as the sacred practice of an ancient tradition, guaranteed to initiate the western participant into the secrets of health and well being, i.e. a low-impact exercise regimen. However, the yoga that is practiced in the U.S. is often removed from its actual history. The physical practices are regularly isolated from the holistic philosophy and come to be understood as the entirety of yoga and marketed as a "spiritual" form of exercise. This paper will explore literature relevant to these themes and examine the reasons for yoga's popularity and the manner in which it is incorporated into the lives of those who practice it.

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