The Goddess Pose

The Goddess Pose

The Audacious Life of Indra Devi, the Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West

Book - 2015
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When the woman who would become Indra Devi was born in Russia in 1899, yoga was virtually unknown outside of India. By the time of her death, in 2002, it was being practiced worldwide. Goldberg traces the life of the incredible woman who brought yoga to the West-- and in so doing paints a sweeping picture of the twentieth century.
"Biography of Indra Devi, a European woman who, over the course of her century-long life, helped introduce yoga to the U.S"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307593511
Branch Call Number: 613.7046 GOL
Characteristics: 322 p. ; 22 cm.


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Sep 27, 2015

"The Goddess Pose," is billed as the story of Indra Devi,who helped bring Yoga to the West. Indra Devi however turns out to be much more. She is an "activator," who activates and quickens things wherever she goes. Either as a result of her presence or by coincidence, she is in the middle of historic events for almost a century (she lived to be over a 100) and the author has described these events in a very interesting manner. All this makes for great reading - even I who grew up in India learned a lot about Yoga Masters and "God-men" of that country from this book.

PimaLib_SusannahC Sep 02, 2015

The Goddess Pose is an interesting look at Indra Devi, a woman credited with popularizing yoga in the United States. Devi's desire to continually evolve and reinvent herself led to a very peripatetic life. Devi lived a spectacular life, coming into contact with many important figures throughout the 20th century. She appeared at almost every troubled hot spot - the Russian Revolution, pre-WWII Shanghai, post-WWII partition of India, Sri Lankan civil war...the list could go on. I thought it was fascinating how yoga how has evolved over time. What I often think of as "traditional" yoga incorporates all sorts of gymnastics and isn't nearly as ancient as people perceive. Yoga has continually adapted over time, losing its 'authenticity' and yet becoming more authentic. A nice combination of biography and social history.

Jun 28, 2015

NPR rec


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