The yoga popularisers of modernist colonial India
The emergence of popular yoga and yoga popularisers
Around 1900 there were significant indications of change in the personal motives underlying the yoga field of modernity. A critical threshold has been reached. Let us summarise the process so far.
Increasingly through the 19 Century Indian cultural and religious practices merged with Protestant discourses of spirituality, esotericism and Transcendentalism. It was a global interactive habitus, because these Western Protestant discourses also on their side turned to India’s religious cultures to find inspiration for their own agendas. In fact many in both East and West explicitly wanted to construct new religions – now called spirituality – on the ruins of what was believed to be old and dying religious institutions, rituals and beliefs.
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