Salvation through Relaxation: Proprioceptive Therapy and its Relationship to Yoga

  title={Salvation through Relaxation: Proprioceptive Therapy and its Relationship to Yoga},
  author={Mark A. Singleton},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary Religion},
  pages={289 - 304}
  • M. Singleton
  • Published 1 October 2005
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Contemporary Religion
Relaxation constitutes a primary feature of yoga as it is taught in the West today. However, typical modern practices have no precedent in the pre-modern yoga tradition, but derive largely from techniques of proprioceptive relaxation developed in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Europe and America. These techniques (along with their assumptions of the soteriological value of relaxation) in turn alter the theory and praxis of yoga itself, such that its fundamental enterprise is significantly… 

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