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147
backers
14days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, July 9 2019 5:00 PM UTC +00:00.

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*Back by Friday June 21st (International Day of Yoga) and get a FREE new book - Ghosh Yoga Therapeutic Exercises

(You will receive this book in addition to the rest of your pledge rewards.)

WHAT AND WHY: 

We know the stories about the men from India who taught yoga. What is still missing, as is often the case with history, are the stories of the women

Were there women practitioners and teachers? Yes! Have they mostly been forgotten? Yes! Is this about to change? Yes!

This kickstarter officially launches research into the women of yoga and physical culture.

WHAT YOU WILL GET:

In 1955, yoga teacher and practitioner Labanya Palit of Kolkata, wrote and published Shariram Adyam, 11 years before Iyengar's Light On Yoga was released. Her book contains over 40 postures and instructions, an introduction from her teacher Bishnu Charan Ghosh, photographs and explanations of yoga asana practice.This book has been completely forgotten... until now. Get your copy by backing this project. 

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But the release of the Labanya Palit's book is just the beginning...

WHAT YOU ARE BACKING:

Funds raised during this campaign will go to researching the Women of Yoga. 

There are more books, more stories, more lives that have been forgotten. 

If this campaign is successful, they will be remembered. Time will be spent researching these women and writing about their lives. A book will be published about their contributions to yoga. 

These women were yogis, strong women, circus performers, teachers and authors, yet they have been forgotten. If history had been written differently, they would be the ones we know and celebrate. It's time to remember them.

Join me in telling their stories.

Ida with the original weights of Bishnu Ghosh, courtesy of Romit Banerjee
Ida with the original weights of Bishnu Ghosh, courtesy of Romit Banerjee

WHO:

My name is Ida Jo and I'm a Yoga Acharya, head teacher of Ghosh Yoga and lifelong musician. I've spent the last many years teaching yoga around the world, as well as writing, editing and publishing books about yoga from the Bengal region of India. 

Ghosh Yoga Practice Manuals
Ghosh Yoga Practice Manuals

I work closely with Ghosh's Yoga College of Kolkata and help bring people from all over the world to India. These people have included yoga teachers, yoga enthusiasts, studio owners and members of my very own family. 

Several years ago, Scott Lamps, Jerome Armstrong and I started working on editing and publishing works from this yoga lineage. These included the lost manuscript of Buddha Bose from the 1930s and an out of print German book by Dr. Gouri Shankar Mukerji from the 1960s. 

All of us have become connected with the region, so much so that Jerome Armstrong researched and wrote Calcutta Yoga (recently picked up by MacMillan Publishing), which details the lives of Bishnu Ghosh, Buddha Bose and Paramahansa Yogananda. While editing this book, the idea was born... what about the stories of the women?! 

During a preliminary research trip in April 2019, I realized the scope of this project. It's big. There were so many important women, whose work and dedication furthered the progress of yoga.  

Jerome, Scott & Ida at Jerome's Book Release Party -- October 2018, Oxford Books, Kolkata
Jerome, Scott & Ida at Jerome's Book Release Party -- October 2018, Oxford Books, Kolkata

Risks and challenges

As with any project, it's possible there will be unforeseen delays.

After the translation and publication of the 1955 book by Labanya Palit, the research will continue until a book is written published about the women of yoga and physical culture in Bengal.

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