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Yoga : the art of transformation / Debra Diamond ; with contributions by Molly Emma Aitken [and others].

  • Diamond, Debra.
[2013], ©2013
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Washington, D.C. : Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, [2013], ©2013.

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328 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 32 cm


"Published by the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on the occasion of the exhibition Yoga: The Art of Transformation, October 19, 2013-January 26, 2014. Organized by the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the exhibition travels to the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, February 22-May 18, 2014, and the Cleveland Museum of Art, June 22-September 7, 2014."

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Includes bibliographical references and index.


Essays. Yoga: the art of transformation / Debra Diamond -- Yoga in transformation / David Gordon White -- From guru to god: yogic prowess and places of practice in early-medieval India / Tamara I. Sears -- Muslim interpreters of yoga / Carl W. Ernst -- Yogis in Mughal India / James Mallinson -- Yoga, bodybuilding, and wrestling: metaphysical fitness / Joseph S. Alter -- Globalized modern yoga / Mark Singleton --
Catalogue. Pt. 1. The path of yoga. Manifestations of Shiva ; Portraying the guru ; Yoginis ; Nath Siddhas ; Jain yoga: nonviolence for karmic purification ; Yoga and tapas: the Buddhists and Ajivikas ; Austerities ; Meditation ; Asana ; The cosmic body ; The subtle body ; The militant ascetic body ; Illusion and reality in the Yoga vasishta -- Pt. 2. Landscapes of yoga. Ashram and math ; Pilgrimage ; The cremation ground -- Pt. 3. Yoga in the Indian imagination, 16th-19th century. Yogis in the literary imagination ; Transcendence and desire in Ragamala paintings ; Mughal albums -- Pt. 4. Yoga in the transnational imagination, 18th-20th century. Company paintings ; Colonial photography ; The bed of nails: the exotic across borders and media ; Fakirs, fakers, and magic -- Pt. 5. Modern transformations. Vivekananda and rational spirituality ; Medical yoga ; Modern postural yoga.


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