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New York Times 2013 holiday gift list pick 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 more

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  • Hardback | 360 pages
  • 274.32 x 302.26 x 33.02mm | 2,562.78g
  • Smithsonian Books
  • Washington, United States
  • English
  • 1588344592
  • 9781588344595
  • 318,513

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Library JournalAlthough 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, PAshow more

About Debra Diamond

DEBRA DIAMOND is Associate curator of South and Southeast Asian art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Her exhibition catalogue for Garden and Cosmos (fall 2008) received two major awards for scholarship: the College Art Association's Alfred H. Barr award and the Smithsonian Secretary's Award for Research. She has published on yoga imagery, new methods in Indian art history, contemporary Asian art, and various aspects of the Freer-Sackler more

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