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Exploring Self-Transformation Within the Lives of Yoga Teachers in the United States
by Shmerling, Nomi, Ph.D., Sofia University, 2020, 147; 28000324
Abstract (Summary)

Yoga is a practice brought to the United States (US) in the late 1800s and that has evolved over time into what is currently known there as modern yoga. Historical accounts of yoga in India identify yoga as a practice that has been used to guide individuals through a transformative process that brings them closer to states of self-realization. The purpose of this study was to explore how, from the perspective of self-transformative experience, yoga teachers in the US have experienced yoga in their own lives. Using a generic qualitative method, 8 participants from a group of self-selected yoga teachers in the US were interviewed to explore how yoga has transformed their lives and the ways in which they live them. Based on the data gathered, potential doorways to the subjective transformative aspect of Self were revealed within the context of modern yoga in the US. Information gathered from study participants was compared to the transformative path described in Patanjali’s 8-part path taught within classical yoga (circa 200 BCE).

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Elfers, John
Commitee: Bortz, Sherri, Armand, Karen
School: Sofia University
Department: Global Psychology with a concentration in Transpersonal Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 81/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Philosophy, Developmental psychology
Keywords: Classical yoga, Eight-part path, Modern yoga, Patanjali, Personal transformation, Yoga
Publication Number: 28000324
ISBN: 9781083391803
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