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How Buddhist is Modern Mindfulness?

18 September 2023

Over the past forty years, a new transnational movement has emerged in which participants engage in techniques of contemplation that fall under the broad rubric of 'mindfulness'. Originally a feature of Buddhist soteriology, mindfulness has been embraced as a panacea for a range of social and intrapersonal problems. It has been utilised within clinical, corporate, and educational settings and promoted as a privatised lifestyle-enhancement technology.

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Postures Versus Poses

19 June 2023

Over the past few years, at the Devon School of Yoga, we have consciously dropped the word 'pose' from our teaching vocabulary and the learning materials we provide for our courses.

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The influence of Jaina philosophy on Patañjali

26 September 2022

There are a number of striking parallels between the doctrine of Patañjali and that of the early Jainas. For example, Patañjali's five yamas are identical to the five 'great vows' of Jainism..

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Was Patañjali truly important?

29 August 2022

Although the Yogasūtra, is widely regarded as a classic, the authoritative status of Patañjali's work in premodern yoga has been contested within scholarship. This essay draws on new research to critically assess the importance of Patañjali's Yogaśāstra in yoga's history.

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Book Review: Yoga in Britain By Suzanne Newcome

11 March 2022

Yoga in Britain: Stretching Spirituality and Educating Yogis by Suzanne Newcombe charts the course of yoga’s propagation within the cultural landscape of twentieth-century Britain.

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James is a yoga teacher, blogger and student. He's been practising yoga in one shape or form for over 23 years. He's currently studying at SOAS, University of London, for an MA in Yoga and Meditation.


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