Yoga is many things to many people. However, the basics of yoga are worth understanding given its popularity and the benefits of the practice. This includes understanding yoga's roots, its origins, its development within and outside India as well as the research involving yoga as an integrative therapeutic modality. The author introduces the topic of yoga to healthcare officials, practitioners, skeptics, and a range of curious people in between. For yoga practitioners and those interested in the practice, The Politics and Promise of Yoga: Contemporary Relevance of an Ancient Practice outlines a condensed view of traditional yoga practices and provides a glimpse into the origin of yoga within Indian history and philosophy. The author hopes that policymakers will be interested in this evidence-based scientific practice so that it can be systematically incorporated into mainstream biomedical systems around the globe. This book also serves to confirm existing knowledge and historical nuances about yoga and also addresses contemporary debates and politics which revolve around the practice.
Anjali H. Kanojia is a political scientist, yoga teacher, practitioner, and founding director of Indology Academy.
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I must admit that this is great work with a lot of research behind it.
Dr, Anjali Kanojia's The Politics and Promises of Yoga: Contemporary Relevance of an Ancient Practice draws upon a vast range of sources including classical Indian yoga treatises, contemporary studies of various aspects of yoga, especially the applications of yoga practices in medicine and psychiatry, sociological studies and her own extensive experience as a yoga teacher to produce a path-breaking study of the contemporary relevance of the ancient discipline of yoga which should appeal to a wide readership of yoga practitioners, medical professionals and sociologists and yoga aficionados generally. The book is well-researched and written in a lucid, reader-friendly style without compromising the scholastic rigor of the more technical expositions when so required. Dr. Kanojia deserves congratulations for this work, comprehensive in scope and insight. I am pleased to recommend it highly.
This is a vast and deeply researched book as the subject of Yoga is very deep with nuances and layers of pearls of wisdom. It is indeed a lucid presentation of a complex topic that is being altered due to human ego tendencies and for material gain. Indic seers and Rishis had no ulterior motive other than “ Vishwakalyan “- the greater good for the entire Universal family. “Satyameva Jayate“, “Yogameva Jayate“, Truth and Yoga will prevail over time!
The author has successfully presented many difficult-to-understand yoga theories and research concepts in a reader-friendly style in this book. The writing is accessible to audiences from different walks of life... the chapters and explanations are easy to comprehend and that is what I loved the most about this book.
This book has been written and published at a very important period in the global development of all things Yoga. The author has done tremendous research and meticulously arranged chapters… explaining the origin of Yoga, its health benefits, the positive and negative aspects of qualitative and quantitative yoga research and analysis, its relation and symbiotic relevance to healthcare and discussion of Yoga becoming political. I congratulate Dr. Anjali for coming out with such a book.