Marissa Clarke

University of Edinburgh


Marissa’s project “Making (and Resisting) The Neoliberal Body: An Ethnography of Contemporary Yoga” aims to explore the lived religious experiences of yoga practitioners in order to rethink the phenomena of neoliberal yoga brands. The methodology will be a reflexive ethnography using 3 immersive case studies of yoga brands in Edinburgh and London. The research will contribute to theorising religion, spirituality and secularisation through the lens of yogic practices and practitioners. Overall, the thesis situates itself as part of a broader social project to ‘decolonise yoga’ by challenging the conceptions of yoga that complicate intersections of race, class, religion and gender.