the body between science and philosophy
yoga in modern India
Joseph S. Alter
There is probably no tradition that has been construed as more timeless, more intrinsically authentic, more inherently Indian than Yoga. It has become a kind of pristine cultural icon... My purpose in this book is to question some of the most fundamental assumptions about Yoga and, by extension, to question assumptions about civilization, modernity, and nationalism.
2006 Yoga in Modern India: The Body between Science and Philosophy. Princeton University Press, p.14. (2006 Coomaraswamy Book Prize).