Supple bodies, healthy minds : yoga, psychedelics, and American mental health

Richert, Lucas and Decloedt, Matthew (2018) Supple bodies, healthy minds : yoga, psychedelics, and American mental health. Medical Humanities. ISSN 1473-4265

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    Abstract

    Much discussion about mental health has revolved around treatment models. As interdisciplinary scholarship has shown, mental health knowledge, far from being a neutral product detached from the society that generates it, was shaped by politics, economics, and culture. By drawing on case studies of yoga, religion, and fitness, this article will examine the ways in which mental health practices – sometimes scientific, sometimes spiritual – have been conceived, debated, and applied by researchers and the public. More specifically, it will interrogate the relationship between yoga, psychedelics, South Asian and Eastern religion (as understood and practiced in the U.S.), and mental health.