21st Century Yoga Online Book Club.

Via on Oct 10, 2012

21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics, and Practice is a path-breaking collection of essays on contemporary North American yoga and its relationship to issues including commercialism, community, spirituality, politics, body image, addiction recovery, and “enlightenment 2.0.”

Co-edited by elephant journal columnist Carol Horton and “It’s All Yoga, Baby” doyenne Roseanne Harvey, contributors include popular elephant writers Matthew Remksi, Julian Walker, Melanie Klein, Chelsea Roff, and Tommy Rosen; Buddhist teacher/practitioners Michael Stone, Nathan Thompson, and Frank Jude Boccio; spiritual activist and Tikkkun columnist Be Scofield; and advanced Ashtangi Angela Jamison.

Elephant journal is hosting on online book club to facilitate discussion of the many issues raised in the book. It features posts by 21st Century Yoga contributors, as well as a series of Where is My Guru (WIMG) interview podcasts with them. We invite you to buy a copy of 21st Century Yoga (available on its eStore or via Amazon), read it, and join us! (schedule subject to change):

10/16: 21st Century Yoga: An Interview with Carol Horton & Roseanne Harvey (WIMG podcast)

10/18: Introducing 21st Century Yoga: From Blogging to Book & Back Again ~ Carol Horton

10/22: Mindfully Connecting Yoga & Politics: Michael Stone on the Occupy Movement & the Power of Imagination (WIMG podcast)

11/12: Yoga’s 21st Century Facelift & the Myth of the Perfect Ass(ana) ~ Melanie Klein

11/19: Countercultural Yoga & the the “Body Beautiful”: An Interview with Melanie Klein & Frank Jude Boccio (WIMG podcast)

12/3: Questioning the “Body Beautiful”: Yoga, Commercialism, and Discernment ~ Frank Jude Boccio

12/10: Marketing Yoga Without a Hot Barbie Body: Challenges & Opportunities ~ Carol Horton

1/23: “Making Music with Breath and Body”: An Interview with Sarit Z. Rogers ~ Carol Horton

2/22: Paying the Rent: Challenges of the Yoga Studio in Commercial Culture ~ Angela Jamison & Matthew Remski (WIMG podcast)

2/27: How Yoga Messed With My Mind ~ Angela Jamison

3/1: Yoga and Recovery: An Interview with Tommy Rosen & Chelsea Roff (WIMG podcast)

3/7: Enlightenment 2.0: The American Yoga Experiment ~ Julian Walker

You can also read independent reviews of 21st Century Yoga via the book website.

This is a great opportunity to grow the conversation about what’s happening with yoga in North America today. But to make it happen, we need your voice. So buy the book, start reading, and join the discussion!


Photography: Sarit Z. Rogers / saritphotography.com

Cover design: Drew Fansler / drewfansler.com


Editor: Kate Bartolotta

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About Alex Myles

Alex Myles is qualified as a Yoga teacher, Reiki Master, Teacher of Tibetan Meditation, Dragon Magic and a Spiritual coach to name just a few. Alex has no intention to teach others on a formal basis for many years to come, instead, she is collecting qualifications along with life’s lessons. One day, when the time is right, Alex will set up a quaint studio, in a quirky crooked building where she will breathe and appreciate the slowness of those days as life is just way too busy right now! Reading and writing has always been one of Alex’s passions. Alex likes to consider herself as a free spirit rather than a commitment-phobe. Trying to live as aligned to a Buddhist lifestyle as is possible in this day and age, she just does not believe in "owning" anything or anyone. Based on the theory that we ‘cannot lose someone that was not ours to lose’ she flails through life finding joy and magic in the most unexpected places. Mother to a 21 year old daughter and three adorable pups, she appreciates that some of the best moments in life are the 6am forest walks watching the dogs run, play and interact with one another and with nature. Connect with her on Facebook and check out her blog, Love and Madness. 


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