The University of Tennessee at Knoxville

01/12/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/12/2024 08:18

The Conversation: What Taoism Teaches About the Body and Being Healthy

New Year's resolutions often come with a renewed investment in making our bodies healthier. Many may take to the newest diet plan or sign up for a health club membership, but it is worth taking some time to consider what actually constitutes a healthy, happy body.

Rituals and bodily techniques are used to align one's individual body with surrounding social and natural environments. These concepts of the body can inform individuals on their relationship with our environment and on what it means to be healthy.


Michael Napastek, lecturer in religious studies, shares his expertise on Taoism, an indigenous tradition of China that understands humans to be an integral part of the larger cosmos. Read more at The Conversation.

UT is a member of The Conversation, an independent source for news articles and informed analysis written by the academic community and edited by journalists for the general public. Through our partnership, we seek to provide a better understanding of the important work of our faculty.



Cindi King (865-974-0937, [email protected])