Tag Archives: Yoga

Yoga and the Question of Religious Identity

By Deeksha Sivakumar Is yoga Hindu? Both categories (yoga, Hindu) are, of course, highly problematic on both conceptual and historical grounds. If we were to ask whether yoga is Indian, more people may feel comfortable answering in the affirmative, though … Continue reading

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All-American Fireworks, Hamburgers, Frankfurters and Yoga

by Steven Ramey * This post first appeared on the Culture on the Edge: Studies in Identity Formation blog. With all-American Fourth of July festivities like fireworks, frankfurters, and hamburgers, we continually construct our identification with an imagined community, as Benedict … Continue reading

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Critical Questions Series 3: Category Formation and “Eastern” Traditions

by Deepak Sarma This is the fifth instalment of the Critical Questions Series 3. The first post by Steven Ramey can be found here, the second by Nicole Goulet here, the third by James Mark Shields here, and the fourth by Sarah F. Haynes here. … Continue reading

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Critical Questions Series 2: Steven Ramey

In this second instalment of the Critical Questions Series, we ask scholars of religion how they negotiate the difficult line between “politics” and scholarship. The previous responses can be found here, here, here, here, here and here. The line between scholarship and politics or, if you … Continue reading

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Yoga and the Boundaries of Religion in the Public Square

by James Dennis LoRusso In one of the latest installments of the culture wars, we once again confront the struggle to specify the boundaries between religion and the state.  A group of parents in Encinitas, CA, with the aid of … Continue reading

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Yoga Doxa: On the Illusion of Free Expression

By Matt Sheedy While sitting in the waiting area of local yoga studio the other day, I read through a book that the studio had recently published entitled, Moksha Yoga: Expressions of Accessibility, which contained a mission statement along with … Continue reading

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This Week in Religion: Matisyahu’s Transformation, the Church of Batman, and Trumpism.

Some six months after the Orthodox-reggae-hip-hop star Matisyahu shaved his beard, he recently “posted [online] a picture of himself not wearing a kippah, and then another one that showed him sitting next to another musician who was smoking a joint.” … Continue reading

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