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Yogini: The Power of Women in Yoga

Janice Gates

    What does a sculptor have in common with a diplomat, a mother, a pioneer, and the gutsiest woman of the year? They are all teachers of yoga, all are women, and all are yoga practitioners. Janice Gates, a scholar and yoga teacher herself, profiles 17 renown female yoga teachers in Yogini: The Power of Women in Yoga, focusing on how yoga has permeated their lives with power, joy and light beyond what they could imagine. Pioneer Indra Devi was the first female yoga teacher in the West in 1937, in a field dominated by male instructors. Today the vast majority of teachers are still men, although millions of women are practicing yoga regularly. In Yogini: The Power of Women in Yoga Gates brings a feminine perspective to yoga and its benefits for women. Donna Farhi’s contribution speaks of the value of yoga in defeating a negative body image. Shiva Rae manages to combine Ayurveda’s medical precepts, Trance Dance, and a pinch of quantum physics into her yoga classes. Poignant quotes and photographs enrich Yogini: The Power of Women in Yoga, a tribute to the women who outnumber men on their yoga mats in many American classes. Readers comment favorably on Gates’ history of women in yoga and laud her decision to refrain from focusing on a particular style, calling “Yogini” refreshing as well as inspiring and informative. –

    • Paperback, 160 pages.
    • Published by Mandala Publications, 2006.
    • Traces the rise of women instructors in contemporary yoga.
    • Uses personal stories, illustrations with candid photos of women practitioners, and provides a fresh perspective on the yogic path.
    • Features contributions by noted yoga teachers: Tenzin Palmo, Angela Farmer, Maya Tiwari, Nischala Joy, Rama Jyoti Vernon, Sarah Powers, Anna Forrest, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Donna Farhi, and Shiva Rae.

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