Sociocultural challenges as determinants of the receptions and practices of modern yoga




reception and practice of yoga, modern yoga, the social in yoga, cultural and social determinants of yoga, body culture


The dynamics of modern life in its cultural and social diversity indicates a special interest in modern yoga and its active implementation. The authors of the article try to identify those determinants that contribute to the development of yoga in modern conditions. They emphasize that interest in yoga is being formed under the influence of special factors characteristic of a post-industrial society with new sensations of time. The spread of new intellectual sensitivity also poses certain challenges for humans. Thus, this complex of sociocultural determinants activates interest in the cultural representations of the East. The desire to create personal and social reality sets up certain receptions and practices, and yoga is called upon to fulfill its special mission: it encourages us to study our basic outlooks on life, to become aware of which ones are fruitless nowadays, to search for more suitable ones nowadays in order to substitute the first ones.


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How to Cite

Lobas, V. (2021). Sociocultural challenges as determinants of the receptions and practices of modern yoga. Skhid, (1(165), 84–91.



Philosophical anthropology. Philosophy of culture