Reba Rakshit, Strong Woman
This blog is in celebration of 100 years of Ghosh's College in Kolkata: 1923-2023!
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As some of you know already, for the past four years I (Ida) have been working on a biography of yogi/circus star Reba Rakshit. The manuscript was completed at the end of this year. It is scheduled to be published this year. Since it is International Women's Day, I thought I would share a little bit about the project.
Reba Rakshit has an incredible story full of tremendous challenges. She was alive during Indian Independence and the partition of India that came with it. She lived in a time where women had often very limited access to the world outside the home. Yet she was performing in the circus two, sometimes three times a day in front of huge audiences of admiring fans.
She was a student of Bishnu Ghosh at Ghosh's College in Kolkata, and taught therapeutic yoga later in her life.
I became interested in her story years back, while working with Jerome Armstrong on his book Calcutta Yoga. This project took me on many adventures. Here are just a few:
This is part of a larger project I am working on regarding women in yoga. Who were they? How did they get there? Why were women writing about yoga in the twentieth century in a way they were not before? There's a lot more to this project, but I'm still in the thick of it.
For now, Happy International Women's Day! I can't wait to share Reba's story with you all.
Scott & Ida are Yoga Acharyas (Masters of Yoga). They are scholars as well as practitioners of yogic postures, breath control and meditation. They are the head teachers of Ghosh Yoga.
- The 113 Postures of Ghosh Yoga
- Make the Hamstrings Strong, Not Long
- Understanding Chair Posture
- Lock the Knee History
- It Doesn't Matter If Your Head Is On Your Knee
- Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)
- 5 Reasons To Backbend
- Origins of Standing Bow
- The Traditional Yoga In Bikram's Class
- What About the Women?!
- Through Bishnu's Eyes
- Why Teaching Is Not a Personal Practice