Yoga: The Art of Transformation
Mystery girl: why can’t she be killed?
To create a convincing and alluring magic act, Koringa reimagined the attributes of yogis. Her chic costume is a form-fitting take on a tiger-skin mat and her signature halo of wild hair recalls the radiating locks of tenth-century yoginis. Koringa was a performer, not an actual yogi. However, her stage persona, like those of other magician-yogis, contributed to a transnational distrust of yoga as a serious practice in the first half of the twentieth century.