Ms Miki Kurihara1
1Sophia University, Japan
Yoga is diffused to all over the world and practiced with different purposes nowadays. It is generally regarded as a “spiritual” culture in sociological studies, but its mystic image was composed with the influence of Western gaze (King 1999). In short, there is a simple assumption of dichotomy between the modern West and the others under this representation. On the other hand, in the case of Malaysia, yoga practitioners need to be more careful about the social meaning of yoga due to its multi-religious situation. Therefore, to analyze the way of practicing yoga in Malaysia is to investigate the structure of yoga more precisely. I specifically focus on the relationship between spirituality and body technique, based on field research conducted since 2017 in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. My main methods were interviews with yoga instructors and participant observation in their classes. I found that the instructors used their ingenuity to make practitioners aware of their own physicality, and move beyond a fixed doctrine. This study not only shows the dynamic mobility of Asian culture and people, but also contributes to a postcolonial view on “Eastern body technique”.