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A Qualitative Study on Yoga Practice in Quality of Labor Life

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Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 55)

Abstract

Regarding the cultural elements related to India (such as Yoga), they are surrounded by a number of different phenomena: India has undergone one of the largest Diaspora in the world, and its emigrants carry their cultural heritage wherever they go, spreading it in its diversity all over the societies that receive them. This is also found in the propagation of different beliefs, fortified by the context of globalization and strengthened even further by the mass media, as well as by the dynamism of the different places, which involves the market of symbolic property imposed by these movements, thus giving way to a phenomenon known as the New Age, characterized by authors such as Campbell (1997, quoted in Silva da Silveira 2005) within an “orientalization of the Western World”. Thus, yoga practice began to expand from India and has extended all over the world. The access of yoga in Argentina as pointed out by Saizar (2006), took place in the early twentieth century as a practice involving a spiritual pursuit directed to urban sectors of high educational levels and high incomes, who would invite yogis to their homes in order to profit by their teachings on the basic principles and discipline of oriental philosophy. Some of these specialists remained in Argentina and passed on their knowledge to other specialists thus producing, so to speak, a cultural synthesis between the cosmovisions of the East and the West. Nowadays, yoga practice has extended to people of different educational and economic levels. This work shows some of the results obtained from a research project on the matter in consideration, which seeks to contribute relevant data for the labor field and a deeper understanding of the cultural elements of different contexts and their effect on the people’s quality of life at a local level.

Keywords

Quality of labor life Yoga Emigrants Globalization 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UNICOM, Faculty of Social SciencesUniversidad Nacional de Lomas de ZamoraLomas de ZamoraArgentina
  2. 2.CICS, Faculty of Social SciencesUniversidad de PalermoCiuadad Autónoma de Buenos AiresArgentina

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