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The Goddess Pose: The Audacious Life of Indra Devi, the Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West

Michelle Goldberg

Born Eugenia Vassilievna Peterson in Riga, Latvia in 1899, the Russian aristocrat who later became Indra Devi, "the first lady of yoga", was a chameleon in constant flux with the places she lived. Her travels were perfectly timed to promote yoga in post World War II California just as the New Age of spiritualism was blossoming. But before she reaches the sunny US shore, her "story moves through the Russian Revolution, the cabarets of Weimar Berlin, the Indian independence movement, the World War II Japanese occupation of Shanghai, and Hollywood during its 1950s heyday." Little wonder that there was an FBI file on her!

The Goddess Pose