Post-lineage Yoga - From Guru to #MeToo - Theodora Wildcroft

Post-lineage Yoga - From Guru to #MeToo - Theodora Wildcroft

1. Introduction

Post-lineage Yoga - From Guru to #MeToo - Theodora Wildcroft

Theodora Wildcroft [+-]
The Open University
Theodora Wildcroft is an associate researcher in the Department of Religious Studies at the Open University, founder member of, and Co-ordinator for the Centre of Yoga Studies at SOAS, University of London, UK.


Chapter 1 contextualises the emergence of post-lineage yoga as a phenomenon. While mindfulness apps and Instagram yoga stars are still in the business of selling yoga, we are also witnessing a widespread reckoning with abuses by high-profile teachers, and growing attempts to diversify the practice to marginalised and vulnerable populations. As I will show, all these developments are also characteristic of post-lineage yoga. Beyond the simple dichotomies of traditional versus commercial, spiritual versus secular, and indeed born of the productive tensions between them, post-lineage yoga defies easy categorisation. • The usefulness of post-lineage yoga (PLY) as a concept for understanding a little-known British subculture of yoga camps and festivals • A comparison of PLY with the visible yoga mainstream: PLY as subculture and as process • Key features of the camps at the heart of the subculture

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Wildcroft, Theo. 1. Introduction. Post-lineage Yoga - From Guru to #MeToo. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 3-22 Nov 2020. ISBN 9781781799406. Date accessed: 04 Jun 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39168. Nov 2020

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