This is the proposed abstract: Following yoga from its humble origins in India to the vast globalization, the practice of yoga has undergone major adaptations. The physical practice of yoga is cross culturally recognized for the multitude of benefits it gives its practitioners. Practitioners everywhere tend to use the practice for the betterment of their physical, mental, and emotional being as well as even aid in their religious pursuits outside of the Hindu tradition. Religions like Christianity, Judaism, and Islam each welcome the practice of yoga and adapt it to align with their beliefs and spiritual goals. Are these adaptations cultural appropriating the original Indian practice or is this providing the unity that yoga allows us to seek? Through books, articles, and interviews this paper examines each monotheistic religion by studying their adaptations closely as well as their purpose for partaking in the practice yoga. Understanding the perspective of each monotheistic religion is then followed by an investigation into the Hindu views of the practice. Hindu voices give insight to how yoga should be practiced around the global to fully honor its roots and origins in India. This is the outline: 1. Introduction a. What does this essay set out to do? 2. Yoga in its original form a. here you will talk about how the practice of Yoga was started during the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India over 5,000 years ago. b. Religious connotations c. Meditative benefits d. Significance for practitioners in the specific regions that it originated. 3. The evolution and spread of yoga a. In this paragraph you will introduce the three practices and provide general information in paragraph one. So, that paragraph is merely introducing the three points addressed in this section. Then, you will write a paragraph to introduce the reader to each practice. Meaning: 3 paragraphs for Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Then, one paragraph for each meditative benefit (I would stick to 2-3 per practice. I would emphasize their similarities and common ground in a separate paragraph as well. Then wrap up the section with the significance to these practitioners and anything that circles back to the original practice. b. I would list 3 practices i. Talk about their religious connotations 1. It would be helpful to use Islam, Christianity and Judaism ii. meditative benefits 1. connect this to the original make sure you point out how they began to differ. iii. Significance to practitioners and again compare to yoga’s original form. 4. This last section should tie in the aforementioned. That is, discuss common ground among all four practices and differences…. a. this will lead you to a conclusion as whether it is viewed as cultural appropriation or merely influential to the evolution of other religious / meditative practices. b. This is not mandatory. This is only if you NEED this section. 5. Conclusion a. Is it cultural appropriation? b. Who has the authority to say it is or is not cultural appropriation? Make sure their voice is at the forefront of your conclusion. i. If Hindu voices disagree with the practices of the religions you mentioned in terms of yoga, this needs to be said. Their voice as the founders of yoga must be at the forefront. I truly just need a proposal about the research that will be done
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