Andrea R. Jain: The Evolution of Yoga from Disparate Origins

Published: June 29, 2018

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On this episode of our Unity in Yoga podcast, Andrea R. Jain explains how the origin of yoga does not have a “clear-cut story,” and how cultural context has shaped yoga over time.

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Andrea R. Jain is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Editor of the Journal of American Academy of Religion, and author of Selling Yoga: From Counterculture to Pop Culture (Oxford University Press, 2014). Her areas of interest include contemporary spirituality and the history of modern yoga; the yoga industry’s relationship to neoliberalism, market capitalism, and consumer culture; the intersections of gender, sexuality, and yoga; religion and politics in contemporary society; and methods and theories in the study of religion. She is a regular contributor to Religion Dispatches on topics related to yoga in contemporary culture and Co-Chair of the Yoga in Theory and Practice Group of the American Academy of Religion.


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