While there are countless yoga books out there, 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics, and Practice is the first to critically examine yoga as it actually exists in North America today. Written by experienced practitioners who are also teachers, therapists, activists, scholars, studio owners, and/or interfaith ministers, this unique set of essays provides a fresh take on the promise and pitfalls of contemporary yoga, exploring its relevance for issues including feminism, body image, psychology, activism, ethics, and spirituality.
The purpose of this campaign is to raise the funds necessary to independently publish the book. In keeping with our DIY collaborative ethos, we’re keeping the costs as low as we can without sacrificing quality and professionalism. Specifically, the money raised will be used to produce cover art and design, and secure assistance with typesetting and graphics. We plan to run this campaign through April, and publish 21st Century Yoga in September 2012.
Co-editors Carol Horton and Roseanne Harvey are yoga bloggers, as well as dedicated teachers, practitioners, and writers. Carol blogs regularly at Think Body Electric,Elephant Journal, and Yoga Modern, and is the author of Yoga Ph.D.: Integrating the Life of the Mind & the Wisdom of the Body (which will be published concurrently with 21st Century Yoga), and Race and the Making of American Liberalism (Oxford University Press, 2005). Roseanne writes the leading yoga blog ,It’s All Yoga, Baby, serves as co-director of Yoga Festival Montreal, and was formerly editor of the beloved Canadian yoga magazine, Ascent.
Contributors to 21st Century Yoga include:
- Frank Jude Boccio, author of Mindfulness Yoga, contributor to Tricycle, Shambhala Sun, Namaskar, and Yoga Journal; and blogger at Mindfulness Yoga and Zen Naturalism;
- Angela Jamison, founder and owner of Ashtanga Yoga: Ann Arbor, and blogger at insideowl;
- Melanie Klein, professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Santa Monica College, and blogger at FeministFatale, Adios Barbie, Elephant Journal, Ms. Magazine, and WIMN’s Voices;
- Matthew Remski, co-creator of the Yoga 2.0 project and co-director of Yoga Community Canada;
- Chelsea Roff, Managing Editor at Intent.com, and blogger at Yoga Journal, Elephant Journal, and Yoga Modern;
- Tommy Rosen, pioneer in the relatively new field of Yoga and Recovery, and author of posts and articles in the L.A. Yoga, Yogi Times, Aquarian Times, Huffington Post, Daily Love, and Yoga Mint;
- Be Scofield, founder of www.godblessthewholeworld.org, beyondwhiteness.com, and blogger at Tikkun and Alternet;
- Michael Stone, founder of Centre of Gravity,Toronto, and author of numerous books, most recently including Awake in the World: Teachings from Yoga & Buddhism for Living an Engaged Life (Shambhala 2011);
- Nathan Thompson, blogger at Dangerous Harvests, 21st Century Relationships, and Life as a Human; and
- Julian Walker, an “activist for reality-based spirituality,” blogger, and author of the forthcoming book, The Embodied Sacred: Spirituality Beyond Superstition.
While there may be minor changes before the book is published, the majority of the following essays are finished and ready for publication:
- Introduction: Yoga and North American Culture (Carol Horton)
- Enlightenment 2.0: The American Yoga Experiment (Julian Walker)
- How Yoga Makes You Pretty: The Beauty Myth, Yoga and Me (Melanie Klein)
- Starved for Connection: Healing Anorexia Through Yoga (Chelsea Roff)
- Questioning the “Body Beautiful”: Yoga, Commercialism, and Discernment (Frank Jude Boccio)
- Bifurcated Spiritualities: Examining Mind/Body Splits in the North American Yoga and Zen Communities (Nathan Thompson)
- Yoga and the 12 Steps: Holistic Recovery from Addiction (Tommy Rosen)
- How Yoga Messed With My Mind (Angela Jamison)
- Yoga for War: The Politics of the Divine (Be Scofield)
- Modern Yoga Will Not Form a Real Culture Until Every Studio Can Also Double as a Soup Kitchen and other observations from the threshold between yoga and activism (Matthew Remski)
- Our True Nature is Our Imagination: Yoga and Non-Violence at the Edge of the World (Michael Stone)
Conclusion: The Evolution of Yoga and the Practice of Writing (Roseanne Harvey)
We’re hoping to raise $2,000 to cover our initial publishing costs; the bare-bones minimum needed to produce a quality work. Given that everyone’s been putting in many, many hours for free, we’re hoping to not only cover our costs, but ideally provide a small honorarium to our hard-working writers and editors too.
Any amount you can give will be sincerely appreciated. In gratitude for your support, we’re offering the following incentives:
- For $10, we’ll thank you as a supporter on our website, 21centuryyoga.com;
- For $20, you’ll get a “thank you” and a copy of 21st Century Yoga;
- For $40, you’ll get a “thank you,” a copy of 21st Century Yoga and a copy of Carol Horton’s new book, Yoga Ph.D.;
- For $75, you’ll get a “thank you,” 21st Century Yoga, Yoga Ph.D., and an IAYB t-shirt;
- For $100, you’ll get a “thank you,” 21st Century Yoga, Yoga Ph.D., and an IAYB t-shirt & totebag; and
For $250, you’ll get a “thank you” both on the website and in the “Acknowledgements” section the book, along with copies of 21st Century Yoga and Yoga Ph.D.
It’s safe to say that writing about yoga (both for this particular project and more generally) is a labor of love for all involved. We’re not working to craft a commercial blockbuster, and cash in on the multi-million dollar “yoga industry.” Instead, we’re writing to communicate ideas and experiences that have mattered to us – and that we hope will prove interesting, inspiring, or in some way useful to others. While there’s no single method or mission that unifies our work, we do share a sense that yoga matters – not simply to us as individuals, but as a valuable resource for our deeply troubled society, and the world that we live in today.
Please Join Us! We’d Love Your Help.
This is a social media generated, DIY project – and we need your help to realize its potential. Here’s how you can make a difference:
· CONTRIBUTE to our campaign! Any amount appreciated.
· SHARE our project with anyone who might be interested – by word of mouth, via email, on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
· LEARN MORE about our book by visiting our website, 21centuryyoga.com.
· WRITE about our book and campaign for your blog, newspaper, magazine, etc.
· CONTACT US at 21centuryyoga (at) gmail.com to share your thoughts or request more information.