Yoga Ris­ing: 30 Em­pow­er­ing Sto­ries from Yoga Rene­gades for Ev­ery Body

Me­lanie C. Klein

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Llewellyn Publi­ca­tions (JAN­UARY) Soft­cover $17.99 (336pp) 978-0-7387-5082-8 Yoga Ris­ing is an af­firm­ing and ori­ent­ing an­thol­ogy that ad­dresses west­ern yoga cul­ture’s is­sues with body im­age and more.

Yoga Ris­ing is Me­lanie C. Klein’s wel­com­ing com­pi­la­tion in which thirty voices ad­dress is­sues of body im­age within west­ern yoga cul­ture.

Paired with strong phi­los­o­phy and a will­ing­ness for se­ri­ous self-in­quiry, Yoga Ris­ing is poised to be a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to any yoga teacher train­ing pro­gram. Its per­sonal nar­ra­tives have the po­ten­tial to be eye-open­ing to a pop­u­la­tion that fre­quently ben­e­fits from thin priv­i­lege, in­form­ing their teach­ing in a sig­nif­i­cant way.

There are some real gems among these es­says. Lak­shmi Nair’s no-holds-barred as­sess­ment of the yoga scene is glo­ri­ously chal­leng­ing, gently lay­ing out is­sues of com­mer­cial­ism, cul­tural ap­pro­pri­a­tion, and spir­i­tual by­pass­ing. In the same sec­tion, which is de­voted to in­ter­sec­tional yoga ex­pe­ri­ences and is by far the rich­est por­tion of the book, Chanelle John of­fers frame­works for dis­man­tling op­pres­sion through much-needed al­ter­na­tives to the yoga stu­dio model.

In­ter­est­ingly, the third sec­tion of the book in­cludes the fewest ques­tions for thought,

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