Yoga Ph.D.

Integrating the Life of the Mind and the Wisdom of the Body



“Provocative, compelling, and relevant. Yoga PhD offers a thoughtful analysis of the current state of yoga, as well as an account of the author’s personal journey with the practice. Carol asks important questions of the modern practitioner that need to be considered by anyone interested in the future of yoga.” – Hala Khouri, M.A., Co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World

“A thought-provoking examination of what yoga means to a Western mind in a Western context, Carol Horton asks the important questions and provides a clear vision into the influence North American yoga is having on this centuries-old practice. This book will definitely stay on the top shelf of my personal library.” – Peter Sterios, Founder of Manduka

“Carol Horton’s book is a unique engagement with the complexities of being a yoga practitioner in America today. Her astute analysis of yoga’s modern history, from the point of view of a highly trained social scientist and an engaged practitioner, is timely and valuable. Anyone looking to deepen their thinking about yoga’s global transformations would do well to read this book.” – Mark Singleton, author of Yoga Body

“Carol Horton is a refreshing voice in a culture that is starving for authenticity. In Yoga PhD, she wields the sword of discrimination, cutting through the fog of yoga history and philosophy, dispelling some of the misinformation that so many have come to believe as fact. Through the lens of both yoga practitioner and social scientist, she takes to task topics that many of us have been scratching our heads about since the explosion of  yoga’s popularity. With eyes wide open, she looks at the perils of the student-teacher relationship, the paradox of ‘branding yoga,’ and how even in the madness of the yoga marketplace, we might just find a path forward through this complex, yet deeply transformative practice. And best of all, Carol honestly shares her own personal journey of transformation through yoga, as she attempts to reconcile mind and body, head and heart, intellect and intuition . . . A must read for yoga practitioners and teachers!  After reading Yoga PhD, I immediately purchased 20 copies to share with my students.” ~ Janice Gates, author of Yogini, The Power of Women in Yoga; President Ex-Officio, International Association of Yoga Therapists

And be sure to check out Carol’s other new book, 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics, and Practice (co-edited with Roseanne Harvey)


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