SAAP Annual Meeting 2014

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The Pragmatist Yogi

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This essay discusses some of the issues that a modern-day yoga practitioner may consider, issues that center on the philosophy of the body espoused by the yoga tradition. Originally informed by esoteric Hinduism and Ayurvedic medicine, the philosophy of embodiment characteristic of modern postural yoga (MPY) in many ways appears difficult to reconcile with the western philosophy of embodiment that is informed by western science and medicine. The essay argues that the philosophy of MPY taps into the phenomenological experience of the body and also discusses how a pragmatist should view somaesthetic traditions rooted in ancient eastern cultures.


Eric Mullis    
Queens University of Charlotte
United States


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