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Michelle Goldberg's book 'The Goddess Pose' paints vivid picture of yoga pioneer Indra Devi
Michelle Goldberg's book 'The Goddess Pose' paints vivid picture of yoga pioneer Indra Devi

Millions of Americans practice yoga as a workout, a spiritual exercise or a combination of the two. Those who wonder if their pigeon pose or sun salute carry centuries of Hindu tradition from India to their sleek modern gym can relax. Change, adaptation and a dialogue between East and West have long been integral to yoga, something that comes through in Michelle Goldberg's new book, "The Goddess Pose: The Audacious Life of Indra Devi, the Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West." (Alfred A. Knopf: $26.95, June). Even if you don't care enough about yoga to hold a pigeon pose for the length of time it takes to say that title, Indra Devi, born Eugenia Peterson in 1899 in...

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