This book focuses on yoga's transcultural dissemination in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In the course of this process, the term "yoga" has been associated with various distinctive blends of mental and physical exercises performed in order to achieve some sort of improvement, whether understood in terms of esotericism, fitness, self-actualization, body aesthetics, or health care. The essays in this volume explore some of the turning points in yoga's historico-spatial evolution and their relevance to its current appeal. The authors focus on central motivations, sites, and agents in the spread of posture-based yoga as well as on its successive (re-)interpretation and diversification, addressing questions such as: Why has yoga taken its various forms? How do time and place influence its meanings, social roles, and associated experiences? How does the transfer into new settings affect the ways in which yogic practice has been conceptualized as a system, and on what basis is it still identified as (Indian) yoga? The initial section of the volume concentrates on the re-evaluation of yoga in Indian and Western settings in the first half of the twentieth century. The following chapters link global discourses to particular local settings and explore meaning production at the micro-social level, taking Germany as the focal site. The final part of the book focuses on yoga advertising and consumption across national, social, and discursive boundaries, taking a closer look at transnational and deterritorialized yoga markets, as well as at various classes of mobile yoga practitioners.
Ghent's stunning architecture, artworks and religious buildings are treasures to behold - rich in splendid significance and beauty.
Tragically, many travel guides simply brush over these beautiful creations as mere check boxes to tick during sightseeing in one of Belgium's loveliest and most underrated towns.
By contrast, Ghent - A Travel Guide of Art and History is designed for tourists who want to achieve in-depth understanding during their perusals of the wondrous achievements in painting, sculpture and design advanced and hosted in Ghent. Rich yet accessible descriptions of the most important and profound works abound, as guidance through the hidden gems and old town districts spur the reader to a strong comprehension.
The book has been crafted as a companion to a more general city guide, to be read as you tour and take in the greatest structures and edifices which Ghent offers in quantity. The beautiful old town of the city centre, and the astounding ecclesiastical wonder of St. Bavo's Cathedral are both described in detail, with the stolid and ancient St. Michael's Bridge also featuring.
By reading this illustrated book composed by lecturer of art and heritage architecture Maxime Jensens, you will imbue your journey with enlightenment it may otherwise have lacked. Comprehension of the historical and architectural clout Ghent has in the context of Flemish culture will imbue your trip with significance.
In all, your traversal of Ghent will be graced not simply with the happy memories of having seen and enjoyed the Belgian culture, food and hospitality - but a meaningful and intense understanding of how significant and inseparable Ghent's art and architecture are from its identity and gravity in the modern day.
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, PC, DL, FRS, Hon. RA (30 November 1874 - 24 January 1965) was a British Conservative politician and statesman known for his leadership of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the century, he served as Prime Minister twice (1940-45 and 1951-55). A noted statesman and orator, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, a writer, and an artist. He is the only British prime minister to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature, and was the first person to be made an Honorary Citizen of the United States. -wikipedia
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