Is the Body the Temple of the Soul?

Modern Yoga Practice as a Psychosocial Phenomenon

Krzysztof T. Konecki

Jagiellonian University Press

Is the Body the Temple of the Soul?

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Pub Date: November 2016

ISBN: 9788323340089

214 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $45.00£37.95

Is the Body the Temple of the Soul?

Modern Yoga Practice as a Psychosocial Phenomenon

Krzysztof T. Konecki

Jagiellonian University Press

This book interprets the social significance of yoga in a world that emphasizes corporeality and the body. Immersing himself in the social world of hatha yoga participants, from an urban studio to a mountain retreat, the author's personal experience with positions and techniques, group meditation, and joint mantra is juxtaposed against interviews, photographs, video recordings on the social meaning of yoga, and philosophical analyses of where the physical and spiritual meet. This book's use of empirical qualitative research and participant observation allows for close analysis, even outright experiencing of the participants' world.
An original work that brings new findings to the sociology of culture and sociology of religion. It is based on deep empirical research and diagnoses a phenomenon that is new and increasingly significant, not only in Poland. Grazyna Woroniecka, University of Warsaw

About the Author

Krzysztof T. Konecki is a professor of sociology at the University of Lodz and editor in chief of Qualitative Sociology Review.