Studying at the source: Ashtanga yoga tourism and the search for authenticity in Mysore, India

  title={Studying at the source: Ashtanga yoga tourism and the search for authenticity in Mysore, India},
  author={Callie Batts Maddox},
  journal={Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change},
  pages={330 - 343}
Based on a critical reading of the history of Ashtanga yoga, participant observation, and interviews with Americans attending the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, this article explores the notion of authenticity within Ashtanga yoga itself and amongst yoga practitioners journeying to India hoping to find an authentic travel experience. Many of these tourists assume that the yoga experienced in Mysore is more genuine than that practiced in the West due to its location and… 
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