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For the 2021 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, we especially invite proposals on the following topics. Please contact the organizing scholar listed next to each topic for more information:

— "Pedagogy for Yoga Studies: Three New Works on the Theory and Practice of Yoga," Naomi Worth, nw3ca@virginia.edu

We are also open to full-panel proposals on any other topic falling under the purview of Yoga Studies.

Mission Statement:

This Unit seeks to elucidate the religious and sectarian representations of yoga in South Asian history and the profoundly fascinating contemporary yoga culture that has emerged in the past century. Among other topics that are addressed in our Unit is the emergence of modern yoga out of the encounter between Indian and European cultures in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. In connection with this, it examines the relative pervasiveness of spiritual and religious ideologies in manifest or latent forms within the contemporary yoga scene, and the overarching sociological relevance of yoga within global culture. We also examine changing paradigms with respect to the nature and function of yoga in the larger South Asian religious context. Our goal is to provide a venue in which the body of scholars working in this area can collectively evaluate this extremely timely material. We actively pursue scholars from Europe, Asia, and other areas that have worked at length on these issues, so as to bring an important international component to the Unit.

Method of Submission:




Sravana Borkataky-Varma, borkatakyvarmas@uncw.edu

Anya Foxen, afoxen@calpoly.edu


Steering Committee:

Christa Kuberry, ckuberry@yogaalliance.org

Amanda Lucia, amandajeanlucia@gmail.com

Christopher Patrick Miller, christopher.miller@lmu.edu

Karen O'Brien-Kop, karen.obrien-kop@roehampton.ac.uk

Seth Powell, sethpowell@g.harvard.edu

Patricia Sauthoff, sauthoff@gmail.com


Session Allotment: Tier 1 – Two 90-minute sessions

Next Review: 2024