Health Perceptions - where the East meets West

Irina Postelnicu, Kathrine M Christensen Hedegaard, Magdalena Katarzyna Fiktus, Susanne Buhler, Johannes Kristensen & Felix Quist Møller

Student thesis: Termpaper

Abstract

This project investigates where the eastern and western understandings of yoga meet, and how underlying health perceptions separate or unite the East and the West. Our empirical data is conducted through a comparative analysis of six eastern and western yoga websites using grounded theory and mixed methodology. Our theoretical background consists of western philosophical literature and Indian philosophical literature on yoga. We have chosen these to obtain an understanding of yoga and health. We are able to conclude that, in spite of the commodification of yoga and its benefits, the health discourse on yoga continues to contribute to redefining the concept of health in the west by supplementing the biomedical discourse.

EducationsBasic - International Bachelor Study Programme in Humanities, (Bachelor Programme) Basic
LanguageEnglish
Publication date19 Dec 2012
SupervisorsRashmi Singla

Keywords

  • east
  • Pantajali
  • perceptions
  • filosofi
  • yoga
  • west
  • health
  • philosophy
  • sundhedsopfattelser
  • sundhed