Innovative New Book Explores “21st Century Yoga”

21st_century_yoga Edited by Carol Horton, Ph.D. and Roseanne Harvey

A provocative collection of essays, 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics, and Practice, explores North American yoga and its connection to issues including body image, addiction recovery, and contemporary spirituality. Written by experienced practitioners who are also yoga teachers, psychotherapists, political activists, and interfaith ministers, 21st Century Yoga is one of the first books to examine yoga as it actually exists in the U.S. and Canada today.

Yoga has changed dramatically over the past decade, morphing from a counter-cultural oddity into a multi-billion dollar “industry.” As yoga has become increasingly popular, diversified, and commercialized, it has also become more difficult to categorize and explain. With its ability to adapt equally well to advertising, athletics, and ashrams, contemporary yoga is a fascinating phenomenon that invites investigation.

The ten essays in 21st Century Yoga explore multiple dimensions of contemporary yoga in original and unusual ways. Contributors include Melanie Klein, Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Santa Monica College, on body image and breaking free of the “beauty myth”; Tommy Rosen, co-founder of the Tadasana International Festival of Yoga & Music, on recovery from addiction; Michael Stone, author and founder of Toronto’s Centre of Gravity, on the Occupy movement and political imagination; and many more.

Co-edited and independently published by popular yoga bloggers Carol Horton and Roseanne Harvey, 21st Century Yoga synthesizes the cutting-edge immediacy of the “blogosphere” with the time-honored tradition of essay writing to produce an exceptionally creative work. This path-breaking book widens and deepens our understanding of the promise and pitfalls of North American yoga today.

About the Editors:

Carol Horton, Ph.D., is the author of Yoga Ph.D.: Integrating the Life of the Mind and the Wisdom of the Body (Kleio, 2012), and Race and the Making of American Liberalism (Oxford University Press, 2005).

Roseanne Harvey is the former editor of the leading Canadian yoga magazine, Ascent; founder of the popular blog, It’s All Yoga, Baby; and co-director of Yoga Festival Montreal.

More information:

Visit 21centuryyoga.com and contact Carol Horton and Roseanne Harvey at 21centuryyoga@gmail.com or by phone at 773.818.7764 (Carol) and 438.881.0667 (Roseanne).

21st Century Yoga is priced at $15.00 U.S. and is available through its online eStore and Amazon.com.

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Jennifer Malisauskas

Jennifer Malisauskas

Jennifer Jasvinder Malisauskas is the creative force behind Yoga Directory Canada. It's been her continuous dedication to YDC that has made the site a vibrant growing online community since 2004. She's Ottawa based Medicine Woman, Alternative Healer, Yoga Teacher, Life Coach & Web Designer. She loves dancing, gardening and the great outdoors. In her downtime she finds peace and relaxation by curling up with a good book, usually something by Jane Austen.

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