Fresh Voices: Composition at Cal Poly

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All-American Yoga


Focusing his profile on an activity rather than a person, Ray Chirgwin uses his experience attending a session of Bikram Yoga to examine the practice of yoga as well as its participants. Chirgwin goes beyond simply listing what a person might perform during a yoga session and instead uses his experience to analyze the effect of American culture on yoga. Consider the role the tone plays in “All-American Yoga.” How would you describe it? How is the tone established—word choice? Organization? Description? How do stylistic choices—such as the repetition of the phrase, “So pure.”—bring unity and coherence to the essay? Does Chirgwin offer a balanced representation of Bikram Yoga and those who practice it?