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Yoga

The Art of Transformation

Edited by Debra DiamondAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Debra Diamond
Contribution by David Gordon WhiteAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by David Gordon White, Tamara SearsAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Tamara Sears, Carl ErnstAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Carl Ernst and Sir James MallinsonAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Sir James Mallinson

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Synopsis

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An exploration of yoga's meanings and transformations over time; the discipline's goals of spiritual enlightenment, worldly power, and health and well-being; and the beauty and profundity of Indian art.
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The New York Times

"Stress is a holiday hazard. If you want to stay centered and keep your chakras aligned, or know someone who does, by all means pick up this catalog for an outstanding exhibition of the same name at the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington through Jan. 26. Hard to believe, but the show is the first-ever survey of yoga's visual history, and those visuals are really something: monumental 10th-century sculptures of female spiritiual teachers, or yoginis; minute 17th-century manuscript paintings; and fascinating 19th-century photographs. They're all in the book, along with a wealth of absorbing ideas. Bliss." - Holland Cotter, The New York Times 2013 holiday gift list

Library Journal

Although more than 20 million Americans have practiced yoga at some point in their lives, many are not aware of the length and breadth of the yoga tradition. Diamond (South & Southeast Asian Art, Sackler Gallery; Garden and Cosmos: Royal Painting of Jodhpur) explores the diversity of the yoga tradition through its visual culture. The title is a play on words, as the word “transformation” not only speaks of yoga’s power to transform individuals but of how yoga itself has transformed over millennia. Diamond organized a show of the same name at Washington, DC’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the first ever art exhibition covering the visual culture of yoga. Seven contributors’ essays explore the history and evolution of the practice from ancient through modern times and across cultures. They reveal that yoga is not the property of any one religion or culture but has been adapted again and again to meet the needs of its practitioners. Themed catalog entries provide further analysis of the beautiful full-color reproductions of the exhibition’s artwork. VERDICT Appropriate for students and scholars of both art history and yoga; however, prior knowledge of related philosophy and Indian history is necessary to fully comprehend the text.  —Julia A. Watson, Marywood Univ. Lib., Scranton, PA


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