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Where did most of your yoga moves come from? A guru from the annals of Indian folklore? Or are those "thousand-year-old poses" really a twentieth century invention hidden behind a veil of tall stories? Were they based on movement science-or cooked-up creations with a big pinch of folklore? The New Yoga takes a brutal
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published January 20th 2020 by Tellwell Talent
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This book is a helpful aggregation of many other resources. I added many books and videos to my to read/watch lists. The history of modern yoga was particularly surprising and freeing! I appreciated the author's sharing of his own experiences and those of his colleagues in the yoga world.

I wish the author had repeated less and included more information. I would've enjoyed a longer exploration of each of the topics. I was put off by his obsessions around "weekend warriors" and instagram/Kino Mac
Lots of good evidence-based information

This book has lots of good information, especially about the true origins of what he calls Modern Postural Yoga. It's not particularly well written, and sometimes reads like a school paper that is primarily a list of quotes and citations. But it gets better in later chapters so if the topic interests you stick with it. The information is worth the occasional struggle.
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A Cliff notes version distilling the evolution of yoga in the West as lineages crumble and research into best practices grows. He focuses on the excellent work of Jules Mitchell and Paul Grilley, among others, since his focus was on evolving asana. Yoga is much more than asana, and a book about the evolution of yoga needs to include accessibility, revisions to teacher trainings and the studio model, the exposure and expulsion of sexual predators and when lineages/gurus are no longer an authority ...more
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Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very clear, informative book about how yoga asana is changing from traditional approaches to evidence based functional movement. It encourages teachers and students to consider function over form and individual benefit versus trying to achieve an uniform 'perfect' asana shape. Hurrah! ...more
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