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 CGEI: Yoga

For my storybook topic, I decided to learn more about one of my daily activities, (yoga), and incorporate my interests with the sexuality and mythology behind the practice. I cannot wait to learn more about the intersections between Tantra and the storytelling traditions of the epics and more. Enjoy!

Image Information: Indian Mandala Flickr


  1. Caroline,

    I thought your project was very unique. I don't think I've seen any other project that involves yoga. Your authors note was really detailed and helped me understand why you chose the topic in the first place. I find it really nice that you decided to write a unique project compared to a lot of the other people. I find it interesting that there are yoga poses that are named after the characters in the epics. I also found it really nice that you provided some videos on the introduction page as well. It allowed me to have more perspective and details to connect the yoga to the epics. I look forward to seeing how you can incorporate the epics with yoga in the future. I'll be making sure to read your project as you put more pages in! Keep up the good work in the future.

  2. Beautiful insight on the ancient philosophy of Yoga. It was interesting to read about the origins of Yogasana from your blog. I think it is a great approach to take Yoga as the central theme of your blog as it is one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy. I am excited to read more from you and understand your insights on Ramayana and Mahabharata. Good job picking Hanuman too ! He is one of my favourite characters in Ramayana

  3. Caroline,
    WOW. I really like the way you are deciding to share your storybook with this class. I love that you decided to choose a hobby of yours to relate back to Epics of India, it is a really cool and unique idea. I think the videos on the introduction page was a plus! It adds a visual for us as your classmates to be able to watch and see exactly is going on when someone does yoga and different poses. I liked how you decided to grab poses from the internet to relate back to different things that happened in one of the stories. I wonder what else awesome ideas you have up your sleeve and the things you are going to be doing for your project. I don't have many ideas or many thoughts to give you, it was a job well done!
    I am looking forward to reading more of your stuff!

  4. Hi Caroline! I know you only have the introduction posted right now, but I am so excited to read more about your project, especially when you really get into it. This is such a cool idea and nothing like I've seen from any of the other projects. It definitely shows a lot about you as a person, and I love that you took the time to find something that really interested you and incorporated one of your passions. I also really like that you added videos. That really helped provide a visual and also gave those who don't really have a background in yoga some extra information. Hanuman was one of my favorites while reading the Ramayana and Mahabharata, so I'm so excited that you chose him. Since he spans throughout so many epics, there is for sure a lot that you could do with him. Good luck on your research and story, I can't wait to read more!

  5. Hi Caroline! This is the first week that I have gotten to look at your project and I am so excited to see the way that it will progress throughout the rest of the semester. First off, I loved the picture that you included in the banner of your home page. It really set the mood for what was to come in your introduction. I enjoyed the way that you set up your introduction. You talked about personal experience and things that we have discussed in this class which ultimately made this a very enjoyable introduction to read. I have done a little bit of yoga in the past and I always knew the poses were words that I was unfamiliar with, but now I think I may be able to recognize some of the names in the future. I really enjoyed your personal picture of a yoga pose as well as the video you included of the Hanumanasana. The only thing I would change in your introduction is one sentence under the section about Hanuman. I would suggest removing one of the 'possible[s]' that you included in the sentence containing "...he successfully makes every possible leap possible because of his inner strength and his loyalty to Ram and Sita." Also, I think you mean Rama instead of Ram. Other than that, I think you did a really great job and I am looking forward to reading more things to come in your storybook!

  6. Hi Caroline!

    I believe this is the first time I have looked over your project. I haven't seen anyone do anything related to this subject. I think it is really cool how you are incorporating one of your favorite hobbies into this project. Before reading your introduction, I wasn't aware how yoga was actually connected to epics of India. Thank you for such a great background on how you plan on posing your project and how you see the connections between yoga and the epics themselves. Furthermore, other than your great introduction, your first story over Hanuman was a great read! I really like how you were able to emphasize the positioning and landing of Hanuman as he leaped over. I think your detailed writing over his body positioning was really over the top. For this weeks project feedback, we are supposed to revise the images you use through your project. I believe that the images you have chosen to incorporate are well represented by your literature, thus I don't believe you need to edit any of them.

  7. Wow Caroline! Your introduction page was really thorough! I like how you introduced yoga as a Hindu concept, how it relates a bit to Hanuman, and even how it impacts you. The page also is brimming with pictures and even a video, which adds so much to the visual appeal! I also really dig the organization you have set up. The left column is all dedicated to yoga itself, while the right side has some introductory information on Hanuman. I think it is really cool that you are able to combine one of your passions with the subject matter, this should hopefully make it easier for you to find inspiration in completing this project! I am doing my project all over Hanuman with my own original tale, so maybe I can use your Hanuman section as inspiration for my own project!

  8. Caroline,
    I must say, your website is beautiful! Your story about Hanuman was just as beautiful! I like how you incorporated what I can safely assume is one of your hobbies into the story. While I was reading, I noticed that Hanuman gave off this child like energy! It was refreshing. You’re very right about yoga requiring a lot of physical toughness. I do yoga with my roommates, and it requires muscles I don’t think I have ever used before. The determination people have to be able to master this art is jaw dropping. Speaking of determination, I liked how you gave Hanuman an imperfectness when it came to landing and posing, like you said, even with his natural talents he required work to get it right. Like others, I did not know just how much yoga was intertwined with the Indian Epics. It’s amazing that you’ve shifted your understanding of it. I look forward to reading more!

  9. Hey Caroline,
    You have a great aesthetic to your page, and you obviously are already great at making a blog. I decided to read you story about Hanuman because I recently did a microfiction about Hanuman so I was interested to see what your take on the story was. The jump across the ocean was one of my favorite parts about the Hanuman story, could you imagine a monkey just jumping across the ocean? I thought it was hilarious. To me Hanuman has been the most lovable character I have come across. He was never selfish and was continually doing things for others. Your author's note does a really good job of explaining the yoga aspect and why it was important for you to include. I enjoyed looking through your portfolio and I think your doing one of the best jobs out there. I am excited to read your works when you are all finished this semester. You should check out my microfiction if you get some extra time. Good luck the rest of the semester.
    Philip Crowley

  10. Hello Caroline,
    I have just read your story 'Hanuman' and I really enjoyed it. I think that the overall concept of your stories with the incorporation of yoga is so unique and interesting, and I like the touch of personality reflected in your work. Not only that, but I think that you do a great to job to keep the elements and history behind yoga and the certain poses, accurate and relevant to the stories that are featured. In your story, the yoga pose was made the main center of the story, and the climax of the overall plot. By making this pose the 'main star' of your story, you really emphasized its importance and relevance to the original story in which yours was derived. The meaning of the pose, and the notion that practice is important in building not only outer, but inner strength as well, is a really hopeful and uplifting message. I have no suggestions for your story and thought that it was very wonderful to read :)

  11. Hi Caroline,
    It is so cool that you were able to connect the topics we learned about in this class to the traditions of a hobby that you enjoy. I had never thought about the connections between yoga poses and the stories we read about in the Ramayana, and it was really interesting to learn about the association between Sita and the Vrikshasana and how Hanumanasana is based on the story of Hanuman killing the sea monster. I especially liked how you changed Sita's story so that she saves herself and is protected by the trees! It reminded me a little of the Greek story of how Apollo pursues Daphne, who turns into a laurel. For me, it was more satisfying than the original ending because she gets a happy ending and is able to extract her own revenge. Ravana definitely deserved to get turned into a sea monster. My favorite part of your story is the last paragraph, about how the tree punishes men who try to hold a woman captive but women are welcome to "trust in the soil and perfect the Vrikshasana".

  12. Hi Caroline!

    First of all, I think it's so cool that you based your Storybook on something that you yourself are passionate about! I love when people find ways to combine the things they love with their work. Also, the image you chose on your Introduction page of the monkey ripping his chest open really caught my eye. Like, wow! I like it when Storybooks have intriguing visuals like that.

    The visual appearance of your Storybook is spot on so I wouldn't recommend any changes there other than there's almost always occasion to add more photos. This week, I paid special attention to paragraph breaks and formatting. I didn't notice any places that really needed any work in your Storybook so I think you did pretty well there!

    As to the stories themselves, I really enjoyed both of them. I think you did an excellent job of combining yoga with the stories. Good work!


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