A Woman's Guide to Tantra Yoga by Vimala McClure

By Vimala McClure

Usually unsuitable as exclusively the "yoga of sex," Tantra Yoga is extra properly defined because the "yoga of everything," within which the religious is united with each point of lifestyles. This e-book bargains step by step directions and illustrations to provide an explanation for the perform and philosophy of Tantra Yoga — tailored to the explicit actual, emotional, and non secular issues of ladies. the writer explains differing equipment of meditation and mantras, respiring and leisure, yoga positions, visualization, and affirmations — demonstrating how a regular regimen of meditation and yoga can convey concentration and power either bodily and spiritually. greater than a advisor to health, A Woman's advisor to Tantra Yoga brilliantly adapts the most venerable japanese practices to the calls for of recent lifestyles.

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The author includes but places less emphasis on the Buddhists. Tantra was in its ascendancy and a direct competitor with Jainism in Gujarat, and Vedānta was in the process of revitalization and quickly gaining Buddhist converts. (Chapple 2011: 333) As stated above, yoga never appeared independent of specific contexts. And, in tantric contexts especially, yoga systems that served soteriological purposes were also appropriated for the sake of meeting bhukti or mundane objectives, often of royal courts (Samuel 2008).

Consequently, there were tensions between Craddock and government officials who sought to enforce legal standards that would qualify her radical agenda as illegally obscene and blasphemous. In 1902, after being convicted in a New York trial for such charges, Craddock spent three torturous months in prison. After her release, an upcoming federal trial threatened additional prison time. Craddock responded by taking her own life in order to die a free woman. So in what ways does the life of this radical American yogi-sexologist reveal important themes in the early history of modern yoga?

In other words, Americans and Europeans elided those aspects of yoga that were not compatible with their own modern intellectual, ethical, and religious ideas and practices and emphasized those on which they could project their own modern agendas. But Europeans and Americans were not the only ones who reified and privileged a notion of raja yoga that censored the physical practices associated with hatha yoga and that was perceived to be compatible with modern ideas and values, especially a modern interpretation of advaita vedanta or neo-vedanta, which interpreted nondualism as a rational Indian philosophical religion based on self-development and ethical activism.

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