Yoga Room Book Group

With Debbie Gilman
Sunday, December 3 | 2:30–4pm

The Yoga Room Book Group meets every other month to explore the history of yoga and our place in it.

Our next book is A History of Modern Yoga by Elizabeth De Michelis which traces the roots of Modern Yoga back to the spread of western esoteric ideas in 18th century Bengal’s intellectual circles. In due course Raja Yoga, published by Vivekananda in 1896, became the seminal text of Modern Yoga largely because, the author shows, it reconfigured the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali along the lines of a then emerging New Age occultistic style of secularized and individualistically oriented religiosity.With regard to 20th century developments, this book proposes a four-fold typology of Modern Yoga comprising Modern Psychosomatic, Modern Meditational, Modern Postural and Modern Denominational forms. Iyengar Yoga, one of the most influential schools of Modern Postural Yoga, is then analyzed in the light of this framework.

This meeting is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Debbie Gilman:

Debbie Gilman, M.A., E-RYT 500, has been teaching at The Yoga Room since 2000, is on the faculty of the Advanced Studies Program there, and has studied with Donald Moyer and Mary Lou Weprin for over 20 years. A life-long teacher, she loves sharing the movement-based mindfulness practice of yoga with her students. Debbie is currently indulging her interest in the history of yoga by facilitating the Yoga Room Book Group.