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The Limits to Yoga – Carol Horton
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The Limits to Yoga – Carol Horton

Why practice doesn't automatically change us, or the world
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How far can yoga heal “a deeply troubled society”? When Carol Horton published these words in 2012, she was optimistic, becoming immersed in “yoga service” work. But her experiences in the past decade have left her more sceptical.

As we explore in this wide-ranging chat, yoga can still be a helpful resource, but the extent to which it changes us depends on intentions – including an interest in seeing past blind spots. It’s also shaped by cultural context, so broader social and political trends sometimes get in the way of perceiving clearly.

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It’s a longer conversation than usual, because we unpack what changed Carol’s mind in a series of transitions – from an academic job as a political scientist to becoming a yoga teacher, then stepping back from yoga to reflect on the world as “an independent writer interested in the intersection of politics, culture, and spirituality.”

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