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Spirituality and 'Mystical Religion' in Contemporary Society: A Case Study of British Practitioners of the Iyengar Method of Yoga

Hasselle-Newcombe, Suzanne (2005). Spirituality and 'Mystical Religion' in Contemporary Society: A Case Study of British Practitioners of the Iyengar Method of Yoga. Journal of Contemporary Religion, 20(3) pp. 305–321.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/13537900500249806
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Abstract

This article addresses the under-researched, but very popular activity of yoga in contemporary Britain and attempts a preliminary sociological exploration of the religious and spiritual beliefs of yoga practitioners. A sample of dedicated practitioners of the Iyengar method of yoga was chosen for a case study. It was found that the sample practitioners are engaged in a technique that attracts a significant number of people interested in a type of ‘spiritual exploration’ that can probably be best explained by the concept of 'mystical religion', as introduced by Ernst Troeltsch and developed by Colin Campbell. These findings provide new salience to the idea of 'mystical religion' and a starting point for considering the role that a physical practice plays in contemporary spirituality and religiosity.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2005 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1469-9419
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Religious Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 48145
Depositing User: Suzanne Newcombe
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2017 10:02
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:49
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/48145
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