Simultaneously celebrated as a 5,000-year old spiritual practice and booming $10 billion “industry,” yoga today is a strange mix of fitness, therapy, mysticism, and commercialism. In Yoga Ph.D., political science professor-turned-yoga teacher Carol Horton presents a fresh take on how to understand – and work fruitfully with – this strangely paradoxical and surprisingly popular practice . . .
Yoga may be rooted in ancient India, but it’s morphed into something new in North America today. Precisely what that might be, however, is difficult to say. Yoga is taught everywhere from spas to prisons, and for everything from weight loss to spiritual transcendence. 21st Century Yoga is one of the first books to provide a multifaceted examination of yoga as it actually exists in North America today.
“Carol Horton is a refreshing voice in a culture that is starving for authenticity . . . After reading Yoga PhD, I immediately purchased 20 copies to share with my students.” ~ Janice Gates, author of Yogini, The Power of Women in Yoga; President Ex-Officio, International Association of Yoga Therapists
As a yoga teacher who’s taught in studios as well as a jail, homeless shelter, and foster care facility, Carol believes strongly in the transformative potential of yoga. As a social scientist who has spent years analyzing American society and culture, she’s also fascinated by yoga’s peculiar status as a popular trend that combines everything from fitness to spirituality in one multidimensional package . . .
As featured on Action Speaks (NPR), All Sides with Ann Fisher (NPR), Chicago Sun Times, elephant journal, Expanding Mind (Progressive Radio Network), It’s All Yoga Baby, Spoiled Yogi, Times of India, Yoga Alliance, Yoganonymous, Yoga Chat (Killradio), YogaDork, Yoga Journal, and Where is My Guru.
Selected articles via Adios Barbie, Common Ground, Decolonizing Yoga, elephant journal, 90 Monkeys, Think Body Electric, Yoganonymous, Yoga Chicago, Yoga Dork, Yoga Modern, and Yoga U Online, as well as book chapters & professional reports.