Yes, the day has finally arrived! My new book, Yoga Ph.D.: Integrating the Life of the Mind and the Wisdom of the Body, has been released. You can order a discounted copy (free shipping) via my Indiegogo campaign through the end of December. Or, if you prefer, you can purchase a copy directly through Createspace. (Amazon print and Kindle options will be coming soon.)
According to Createspace customer service, orders placed today are slated to arrive by Monday (within the U.S.). So, if you are still looking for that perfect holiday gift – please consider Yoga Ph.D.! – and, for those who haven’t read it yet, my other recently released book, 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics, and Practice (co-edited with Roseanne Harvey). I promise that both books will provide you with engrossing, thought-provoking holiday reading – and, while quite different, they definitely make a great combination.
Yoga Ph.D. tackles big topics, ranging from the founding principles of modern yoga to contemporary problems of the commodification of the body. It’s also a very personal book, in which I reflect on my own practice and how I’ve come to understand its significance in my life. What’s unique about this work is the way in which I’ve integrated an understanding of yoga developed through years of individual practice with a research-based analysis of its current status as a popular phenomenon that somehow manages to span the diverse realms of fitness, therapy, holistic healing, and spirituality.
In the coming weeks, I’ll be blogging more about various aspects of the book in an effort to get the word out. But please note if you’re interested in supporting in-depth, thought-provoking writing on contemporary North American yoga – I could use your help! Like 21st Century Yoga, writing Yoga Ph.D. was a labor of love. As I explain in my Preface to the book, I deliberately chose to go a non-commercial route (via independent publishing) in order to maintain complete intellectual control and creative freedom. While this allowed for exceptional creativity and innovation, it has also meant working without the support of the traditional publishing industry, which is not easy. So, your help and support is greatly appreciated!
As always, I’m interested in hearing thoughts and feedback on both books, which are designed to spark conversations, not deliver monologs. With the close of 2012 approaching, this is a great time to reflect on what’s been happening with contemporary yoga, what it means, and where we hope to go from here. It’s my hope that Yoga Ph.D. and 21st Century Yoga will support this process of questioning and reflection both for individuals and the community at large. Only time will tell if this will happen or not . . .
In the meantime, best wishes for a wonderful holiday season. May we all find the energy within us to light a candle, keep the faith, and fight the good fight. (Yoga, I think, can help :) Namaste.