Numerous yoga schools are offered in Germany, from Urban Yoga to Beer Yoga. But yoga does not only stand for meditative self-awareness and personal relaxation, but also has problematic, geo-political and power-political aspects. Indian nationalists are increasingly expanding their power, using yoga as a geopolitical tool, as a so-called soft power strategy. The cultural influence serves to hide the violent repression of Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims and other minorities in Indian and Indian-descended societies. However, a critical view of the form of meditation so far exists only marginally. Political Yoga is exploring how social, cultural and geopolitical power dispositions are reproduced in one’s own meditation and body practices. The social and societal impact is increasingly significant
Tip: Exhibition by Sajan Mani at Galerie Melike Bilir: »Dear Museum, We are standing in front of your doorsteps to listen our ancestors«. Opening at 02.11.2023.