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The downside of mindfulness

7 February 2020

10:00 PM

7 February 2020

10:00 PM

The Story of Yoga: From Ancient India to the Modern West Alistair Shearer

Hurst, pp.448, £25

Way back in 1996 Norman E. Sjoman published a book called The Yoga Tradition of the Mysore Palace, in which he contested that much of what we now (in the West) consider to be yoga — a practice apparently steeped in millennia of ancient Indian tradition — is actually a veritable hotchpotch of disparate influences, some of which are surprisingly modern.

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