From the 19-century hucksterism of Pierre Bernard (the man who first championed yoga in America) to yoga at the White House Easter Egg Roll, Stefanie Syman’s new book, The Subtle Body – The Story Of Yoga In America, tells the story of how yoga arrived in America and its subsequent growth to eventually reach nearly every corner of every state. The number of yoga practitioners in America has stabilized, but the industry has experienced phenomenal growth in the last 10 years – reflected in an increase of 87 percent in spending between 2004 and 2008 – to become a nearly 6 billion dollar industry. Ms. Syman’s new book examines yoga’s history and development as both spiritual enlightenment and physical exercise. How has the practice of yoga affected your life?
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