Case Studies: Yoga practices in American

February 4, 2016



Hey There! My name’s Stephany and I’m currently a freshmen at Humboldt State University thinking about pursuing a major in Religious Studies. I am a proud Xicana seeking to only improve the raza and create more tolerance in the world. I was born and raised in East Los Angeles but I chose to come up north because I wanted to get out of the city. I find it interesting learning what religious people think, believe, know, feel and experience. I can later apply that knowledge to contemporary issues.


Aug 29, 1970  during the 1st Chicano/a movement parade in East Los Angeles.

My first semester at Humboldt State University I had finally experienced the meaning of diversity. Everyone coexisting in this open environment; where different perspectives are encouraged. College had been my incentive in life, I wanted to go to college. Once I got here I had no idea what to do next. Had it not been for the World Religions course I still wouldn’t know what to do. I know how dangerous religious illiteracy can be and how it could be used as a power source. I plan to continue on growing (mentally) and see what other passions emerges. During my free time I like to listen to music,travel, and garden.

I plan to do my two comparative cases on the American perception of yoga vs the significance/meaning of yoga in Hinduism. I decided to choose the topic of Yoga because of its continuous increase popularity of yoga in western culture. In this blog. I will be covering the various different teaching style in America compared to the “teacher-student” dynamic in Hinduism. Secondly, I will be comparing the various reasons of “why” people in America practice yoga and comparing it to three types of yoga within Hinduism; Jnana, Bhakti, and Karma, all of which require a starting point based in morality. Thirdly, I will be talking about the influences yoga has had on fashion in America compared to the Sutras and Mantras accompanied with yoga in Hinduism. I will be conducting my research analysis on participant observation, interviews, CA2 (Cultural Anthropology 2 Book) and any outside credible source such as an article or journal post.