When the woman who would become Indra Devi was born in Russia in 1899, yoga was virtually unknown outside of India. By the time of her death in 2002, it was being practiced everywhere, from Brooklyn to Berlin to Ulaanbaatar.
Born into the minor aristocracy (as Eugenia Peterson), Devi grew up in the midst of one of the most turbulent times in human history. Forced to flee the Russian Revolution as a teenager, she joined a famous Berlin cabaret troupe, dove into the vibrant prewar spiritualist movement, and, at a time when it was nearly unthinkable for a young European woman to travel alone, followed the charismatic theosophical leader Jiddu Krishnamurti to India. Once on the subcontinent, she performed in Indian silent cinema and hobnobbed with the leaders of the independence movement. But her greatest coup was convincing a recalcitrant master yogi to train her in the secrets of his art.
Written with vivid clarity, The Goddess Pose brings Devi's remarkable story - as an actress, yogi, and globe-trotting adventuress - to life.
©2015 Michelle Goldberg (P)2015 Tantor
"This fascinating and groundbreaking book should be enthusiastically received by a wide audience." (Library Journal)
This is a great story about an amazing woman. The book had two faults. 1). the reader's pronunciations were incorrect and at first off putting and later became humorous they were so bad.
2). The summing up of events concerning The Theosophical movement and Blavatsky were not accurate and the writer seemed to have a negative view and thus a bias. Otherwise it was a fascinating book.
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