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Bachelor of Arts
Classics, Philosophy, and Religion
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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”.
Heislup, Kathryn, "The Subtle Body: Religious, Spiritual, Health-Related, or All Three?" (2020). Student Research Submissions. 325.