The modernist yoga discourse of intellectuals
Sacred Outsider vs. insider
Modernist sensibilities/filter Theology vs. science Sui generis Oppositional reading
We have already seen how the yoga renaissance and the Hindu revival in the late 19111 Century colonial India owed a lot to yoga outsiders , the early European Orientalists who excavated, collected and translated India’s cultural past. Their efforts had a large impact: discourses and historical records on the brink of extinction were revived, glorified and brought to the attention of the general public in West and East alike. So even if the Orientalists did not see themselves as a part of the yoga tradition – i.e. as insiders – they re-vitalised, re-constructed and certainly left strong marks on the Indian colonial yoga discourse. And the colonial yoga discourse significantly influenced our present understanding of yoga. I would dare to claim that without the Orientalists there would have been very little yoga Renaissance! Hence mainly due to the Orientalists it is sensible to talk about a yoga discourse of modernity, a hybrid yoga discourse, where ancient discourses are re-configured and re-imagined through the lenses of modernity.
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