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The Great Oom : the improbable birth of yoga in America
Love, Robert, 1951-
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Publication Information:
New York : Viking, [2010]

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xii, 402 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Chronicles the emergence of yoga in Jazz Age New York, tracing the contributions of instructor Pierre Bernard, who trained with an Indian master before introducing patrons to modern yogic principles from his profitable Hudson River ashram.
Preface -- Prologue: A man in love with beauty -- First son of a first son -- Kali Mudra -- Tantrik nights -- Downfall and disgrace -- "What is this man?" -- Yoga at large -- Partners -- Expansion -- For love and money -- The promised land -- Welcome to Nyack -- Interrogation -- Body and mind -- Enter Sir Paul -- Bach, baseball, and Buddha -- The Vanderbilt knot -- The show goes on -- Blue skies, big plans -- A leap of faith -- Good times, bad times -- Citizen Oom -- The message gets out -- Change in the air -- Running out of tricks -- The cosmic punch -- A Nazi in Nyack -- Family man -- Final days -- Epilogue: Genius or fraud?
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