Carol Horton is a familiar name in the yoga blogosphere. She is also one of the strongest voices in the North American yoga community, offering a balanced, thoughtful, opinionated and informed perspective on all things yoga. I had the pleasure of collaborating with Carol on 21st Century Yoga, and her work has influenced and inspired IAYB in countless ways.
Her new book, Yoga Ph.D.: Integrating the Life of the Mind and the Wisdom of the Body, is a synthesis of her research, writing and personal experience. It’s also essential reading for anyone who has thought about the complexities of modern yoga and wondered what they have to do with their yoga practice.
I have three copies of Yoga Ph.D. to give away to lucky readers. To enter, simply answer the following question in the comment section below*: What is yoga to you? Leave your comment by 5pm EST, Tuesday, January 15. The three winners will be drawn at random.
This is the official description of Yoga Ph.D:
Yoga Ph.D. explores contemporary yoga from the unique perspective of a political science professor-turned-yoga teacher. Like most Americans, Carol Horton started studying yoga in search of nothing more than stretching and stress relief. Over time, however, yoga revealed itself to be a powerful yet subtle tool for exploring her body, mind, and the connections between them in ways she’d never previously imagined possible. This caused her to wonder: What is yoga, really? Where did it come from? Why has it become so popular? And what does it offer us, as individuals and a society?
In Yoga Ph.D., Carol integrates her diverse experiences as yoga practitioner and social scientist to provide provocative answers to these questions. Contemporary yoga, she notes, is a paradoxically multidimensional practice, pursued for everything from physical fitness to spiritual transformation – simultaneously commercial and mystical, recreational and therapeutic, scientific and esoteric. To make sense of such incongruities, Carol synthesizes personal reflections on her own practice with a research-based analysis of yoga as a sociocultural phenomenon. The result is a book that breaks new ground by offering a sympathetic yet critical analysis of the promise and pitfalls of American yoga.
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