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First There Is a Mountain by Elizabeth Kadetsky
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it was amazing

What a beautiful book. Finally a book about yoga that explores the topics no one wants to talk about: yoga's connection with Hindu fundamentalism, to what extent yoga's relationship with the west is imperialistic/orientalist, what is the relationship between the classical yoga of Patanjali, medieval hatha yoga manuals, and the modern yoga movement, what is the nature of the rivalries between Iyengar, Krishnamacarya, Pattabhi Jois, and others? What a pleasure to read Kadetsky's always informed and intelligent take on these issues.
What I especially liked was how Kadetsky weaved these stories into her own story of her relationship with yoga - which is really by definition her relationship with her body, mind, with food, with joy. A gift.
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December 1, 2009 – Finished Reading
January 18, 2010 – Shelved

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