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Saluting the sun under the shadow of neoliberalism: an ethnographic study of yoga teacher training course attendees and yoga teachers

Aydıner Juchat, Pelin
This study is based on a six months ethnographic research conducted in Ankara with yoga trainers and yoga teacher training course attendees. Individuals subject to the study were dreaming of creating an alternative space, adopting a new profession and a new way of life by becoming professional yoga teachers. While the neoliberal dynamics that lead to the need for such an escape were questioned, the commercialization and institutionalization of yoga and yoga teacher training programs were also analyzed. This study suggests that the process of becoming a yoga teacher and the current yoga market dynamics cause individuals to face with, and conform to the neoliberal ideologies which they were trying to escape from. d.