Date of Award

Spring 4-20-2020

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Classics, Philosophy, and Religion

Department Chair or Program Director

Romero, Joseph

First Advisor

Hirshberg, Daniel

Major or Concentration



In the West today, Eastern philosophies of the subtle body have been changed, appropriated, and popularized within modern forms of yoga. The subtle body refers to assumed energy points within the human body that cannot be viewed by the naked eye, but is believed by several religious traditions to be part of our physical existence. Notions of subtle body systems have migrated and changed throughout India and Tibet over many years with much controversy; the movement of these ideas to the West follows a similar controversial path, and these developments in both Asia and the West exemplify how one cannot identify a singular, legitimate, “subtle body”.

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