What is Yoga? An ancient, healing practice? A good stretch and stress reliever? Something cool celebrities do? The reason we live in yoga pants? Maybe all that and more?
How can we make sense of thousands of years of yoga in a contemporary world of uber-commercialization? So many questions! Political science professor-turned-yoga teacher (and prominent member of the yoga blog community) Carol Horton, is the brave soul tackling and examining the paradox of modern yoga with some sharp and critical thinking through historical, personal and sociological reflections in her new aptly titled book, Yoga Ph.D.: Integrating the Life of the Mind and the Wisdom of the Body.
But don’t worry, you don’t have to be a social scientist. This book is for everyone curious about the history, popularity and evolution of modern yoga and spirituality. Want a sneak peek? Carol was kind enough to share with us an excerpt from her book. If you haven’t already, check it out here!
WIN: We’re delighted to be giving away 3 copies of Yoga Ph.D.: Integrating the Life of the Mind and the Wisdom of the Body by Carol Horton. Yay!
TO ENTER: We’re getting a little tricky with this one. What is yoga, anyway? Tell us what yoga is to you in three-ish words using the letters ‘P’ ‘H’ and ‘D’ in your answer. This way we can all consider ourselves nerds worthy of the yogadork status. (Your certificate is in the mail.)
Here’s ours to get the ball rolling:
Yoga: Pranic Happy Dance!
Your turn! Please leave your entries in the comments.
Entries counted until 11:59pm Tuesday May 21. Three winners will be chosen at random and announced soon after. Good luck!
We’re in the midst of a pre-summer reading YD book giveaway series running through May and into June. Stay tuned for another great book each week!
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