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Yoga, the Body, and Embodied Social Change


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Introduction: Beth Berila, What's the Link Between Feminism and Yoga? Section 1: Chelsea Jackson Roberts, Inclusion/Exclusion in Yoga Spaces Ch 1 Marcelle M. Haddix, In a Field of the Color Purple: Inviting Yoga Spaces for Black Women's Bodies Ch 2 Jillian Ford, "I'm Feelin' It.": Embodied Spiritual Activism as a Vehicle for Queer Black Liberation Ch 3 Enoch H. Page, The Gender, Race, and Class Barriers Enclosing Yoga as a White Public Space Ch 4 Roopa Kaushik-Brown, Towards Yoga as Property Ch 5 Kerrie Kauer, Yoga, Culture and Neoliberal Embodiment of Health Ch 6 Carol Horton, Yoga is Not Dodgeball: Mind-Body Integration and Progressive Education Section 2: Melanie Klein, The Intersection of Yoga, Body Image and Standards of Beauty Ch 7 Diana York Blaine, Mainstream Representations of Yoga: Capitalism, Consumerism, and Control of the Female Body Ch 8 Jennifer Musial, `Work Off that Holiday Meal Ladies!': Body Vigilance and Orthorexia in Yoga Spaces Ch 9 Sarah Schrank, Naked Yoga and the Sexualization of Asana Ch 10 Maria Velazquez, Reblog If You Feel Me: Love, Blackness, and Digital Wellness Ch 11 Kimberly Dark, Fat Pedagogy in the Yoga Class Section 3: Beth Berila, Yoga as Individual and Collective Liberation Ch 12 Thalia Gonzalez and Lauren Eckstrom, From Practice to Praxis: Mindful Lawyering for Social Change Ch 13 Punam Mehta, Embodiment Through purusha and prakrti: Feminist Yoga as a Revolution from Within Ch 14 Steffany Moonaz, Yoga and Disability Ch 15 Beth S. Catlett and Mary Bunn, Yoga as Embodied Feminist Praxis: Healing and Community-Based Responses to Violence Ch 16 Ariane Balizet and Whitney Myers, Yoga, Postfeminism, and the Future Ch 17 Jacoby Ballard and Karishma Kripalani, Queering Yoga: An Ethic of Social Justice Conclusion: Chelsea Jackson Roberts and Melanie Klein, (Un)Learning Oppression Through Yoga: The Way Forward

About the Author

Beth Berila is professor of ethnic and women's studies at St. Cloud State University. Melanie Klein is an associate professor of sociology and women's studies at Santa Monica College. Chelsea Jackson Roberts is founder and director of yoga, literature, and art at Spelman College.


Yoga, the Body, and Embodied Social Change invites us into a vibrant conversation about what yoga as a practice of freedom might look like. Drawing on rich narratives and research about yoga's transnational history, this volume protests attempts to strip mine yoga, to reduce it to a windowless commodity. The book is essential reading for yogis, activists, and scholars who do not want to reinforce white supremacy and other exclusions. A celebration of a vital grassroots movement that honors the human body in all its manifestations, this book illuminates yoga as an act of resistance, a way of creating justice in our many communities. -- Becky Thompson, Simmons College
This is an exciting and unique collection exploring feminist literature on yoga, body politics, mindfulness, and social justice. Berila, Klein, and Roberts bring together an impressively diverse and interdisciplinary array of authors-from academic fields such as Africana Studies, anthropology, education, English, health sciences, history, justice and social inquiry, political science, sociology, sports studies, and Women's & Gender Studies, as well as craniosacral therapists, meditation and yoga instructors, and activists-to critically explore the gendered, racialized, and queer politics of yoga. Authors emphasize the liberatory potential of yoga, particularly for marginalized groups. It will be useful not only for feminist teachers and scholars, but also social justice activists and yogis. -- Christa Craven, The College of Wooster

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