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Yoga PhD: Integrating the Life of the Mind & Wisdom of the Body


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, which is being actively pursued by over 20 million Americans today.

“Provocative, compelling, and relevant. Carol asks important questions of the modern practitioner that need to be considered by anyone interested in the future of yoga.” – Hala Khouri, M.A., Co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World

“Carol Horton’s book is a unique engagement with the complexities of being a yoga practitioner in America today. Anyone looking to deepen their thinking about yoga’s global transformations would do well to read this book.” – Mark Singleton, author of Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice

“A must read for yoga practitioners and teachers! After reading Yoga Ph.D., 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


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21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics, and Practice


Yoga is taught everywhere from spas to prisons, and for everything from weight loss to spiritual transcendence. With its chameleon-like ability to adapt equally well to advertising, athletics, and ashrams, contemporary yoga is a fascinating phenomenon that invites investigation. Written by experienced practitioners who are also teachers, therapists, activists, scholars, studio owners, and interfaith ministers, 21st Century Yoga is one of the first books to provide a multifaceted examination of yoga as it actually exists in contemporary North America. Key themes addressed in the essays include:

  • The significance of the body in yoga culture
  • Yoga’s capacities and limitations as a healing modality
  • Healing anorexia through yoga
  • Holistic recovery through yoga and the 12 Steps
  • Social engagement and interdependence
  • Imagination, rationality, and consciousness
  • Yoga & contemporary spirituality

“21st Century Yoga challenged my convictions, made me cry, laugh and be truly proud to be part of the collective inquiry of this ancient practice.” – Elena Brower, Author of Art of Attention


Best Practices for Yoga in the Criminal Justice System


Yoga is rapidly gaining acceptance as a valuable resource for physical, psychological, behavioral and spiritual health in the U.S. criminal justice system and worldwide. Best Practices for Yoga in the Criminal Justice System is a user-friendly guide that explains how to develop, implement, and sustain high-quality yoga programs appropriate for jails, prisons, youth detention centers, and court-ordered programs.

Synthesizing the knowledge and experience of 29 leaders in the field, this book is a must-have resource for anyone interested in yoga in the criminal justice system, including yoga teachers and yoga service organizations, correctional officers and other criminal justice professionals, and physical and mental health providers.

Key topics covered include problems of mass incarceration, institutional context and culture, teacher training requirements, curriculum and teaching guidelines, adapting trauma-informed yoga to correctional facilities, staffing and developing yoga service organizations, and establishing yoga teacher training programs for incarcerated individuals “on the inside.”

Best Practices for Yoga in the Criminal Justice System is the third book in the Yoga Service Best Practices series co-sponsored by the Yoga Service Council and Omega Institute for Holistic Studies.

Best Practices for Yoga with Veterans


The second book in the Yoga Service Council and Omega Institute’s Best Practices series, Best Practices for Yoga with Veterans is the product of a unique collaborative process involving 30 contributors with expertise not only in yoga, mindfulness, and meditation, but also veterans’ affairs, military operations and culture, traditional and integrative medicine, clinical psychology, trauma therapy, social work, nonprofit management, and more.

Best Practices for Yoga with Veterans synthesizes this wealth of knowledge to produce over 100 Best Practice guidelines for teaching yoga in ways that will enable all veterans – regardless of age, gender, physical ability, or health status – to experience it as a means of supporting physical, psychological, and emotional health, well-being, and resilience.

“Best Practices for Yoga with Veterans is a truly remarkable resource for those teaching yoga to veterans. So much practical expertise is extraordinarily well presented. Before reading this book, I had no idea of how much I didn’t know about working with veterans and their families. Now, I see this book as a must-read for those working in the field, and as a model for best practices in other fields as well.”  John Kepner, Executive Director, International Association of Yoga Therapists

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Race & the Making of American Liberalism


Race and the Making of American Liberalism (Oxford University Press, 2005) traces the roots of the contemporary crisis of progressive liberalism deep into the nation’s racial past. Racial politics in the United States have repeatedly made it exceedingly difficult to establish powerful constituencies that understand socioeconomic equity as vital to American democracy and aspire to limit gross disparities of wealth, power, and status. Revitalizing such equalitarian conceptions of American democracy, this path-breaking book explains, will require developing new forms of racial and class identity that support, rather than sabotage this fundamental political commitment.

“This is a splendid study. It will make fascinating and indispensable reading not only for anyone interested in racial issues in America, but also for those who want to understand the nature of American culture itself.” – Cass Sunstein, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Race and the Making of American Liberalism will quickly become mandatory reading for serious scholars of American political development, race and politics in the United States, and American political thought.” – Michael Dawson, John D. MacArthur Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago