Yoga in Britain - Stretching Spirituality and Educating Yogis - Suzanne Newcombe

Yoga in Britain - Stretching Spirituality and Educating Yogis - Suzanne Newcombe

Yoga as Therapy

Yoga in Britain - Stretching Spirituality and Educating Yogis - Suzanne Newcombe

Suzanne Newcombe [+-]
Open University and Inform, King's College London
Suzanne Newcombe is a Lecturer in Religious Studies at the Open University and a Research Fellow at Inform, a charity based at King's College London. She researches yoga and ayurveda from a sociological and social historical perspective.

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Many reported experience of physical pain and suffering as a motivation to begin yoga practice. This chapter explores the growth of yoga as therapy to deal with specific medical complaints, with a particular focus on The Yoga for Health Foundation, the Yoga Biomedical Trust and B.K.S. Iyengar’s traditions of yoga for ‘remedial’ conditions as varying visions of applying yoga as therapy. The further professionalization of yoga teaching in the therapeutic context is considered. It is argued that yoga in Britain avoided a medical model of professionalization, while maintaining a popular promise of improving health and well-being.

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Newcombe, Suzanne. Yoga as Therapy. Yoga in Britain - Stretching Spirituality and Educating Yogis. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 203-227 Jun 2019. ISBN 9781781796603. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=33792. Date accessed: 17 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.33792. Jun 2019

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