Katie McCarthy Humanities and Social Science
The Effaced Teacher: Yoga to the People, Embodied Practices and theCreation of Ethical Communities
My project is a discourse analysis of the community-donation-based Vinyasa yoga studios of Yoga to the People (YTTP). I will explore issues of embodiment, technique and aesthetics and whether they incite, affect or create a potential space for a community to form within a individualized practice. Yoga teachers at YTTP are kept anonymous (simply, their names are not placed on the schedules) in an attempt to promote an ego-less space. Yet, I believe it is the teachers – through vibrational dialogue, vocal manipulation (timbre, tone, pronunciation etc) music and movement – who facilitate the development of community. This summer I will spend much time reading about the history of yoga, discourse, embodiment and aesthetics, as well as interviewing teachers, yoga practitioners, and taking the Teacher Training Program myself. I will be working with Professor Ramona Naddaff, Professor of Rhetoric and Undergraduate Faculty Advisor.