The Digital Publishing in the Humanities Initiative is delighted to announce the release of The Power of Practice: How Music and Yoga transformed the Life and Work of Yehudi Menuhin (SUNY Press, 2024). This book by Emory music scholar Kristin Wendland reveals how the work of celebrated violinist Yehudi Menuhin (1916–1999) was deeply shaped by his yoga practice and decades-long friendship with renowned yogi B. K. S. Iyengar (1918–2014).
Digital Publishing in the Humanities partnered with SUNY Press to produce an enhanced digital edition of the book which can be read online for free. This digital edition, presented in Manifold, includes rare archival images and new video demonstrations of Menuhin’s yoga-influenced exercises for aspiring violinists.
Author Kristin Wendland observes that the Manifold edition “gives the reader a real book-like reading experience and provides a fluid way to navigate all the digital enhancements to the print version.” Information Designer Yang Li from Emory’s Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) led the production of the digital edition of what he describes as a “fascinating book.” ECDS Video Producer Steve Bransford oversaw the filming and editing of original video content.
The release of The Power of Practice marks our second successful collaboration with an academic publisher on an enhanced digital monograph. An enhanced edition of Scott Kugle’s Hajj to the Heart was published in partnership with the University of North Carolina Press in 2021. Three more such projects are currently underway. Authors interested in an enhanced digital edition for their own book should reach out to Mae Velloso-Lyons for a consultation.
Thank you to everyone who made this collaboration a resounding success, and congratulations to Kristin Wendland on a wonderful book!
“Beautifully written by a musician and practicing yogi, this book is both scholarly and easy to read while providing a comprehensive and detailed overview of a musician’s life, well lived and greatly enhanced by an active yoga practice and the study of yoga philosophy.” — Lesley McAllister, Baylor University School of Music