Consciousness & Spirituality

Mark Singleton: Yoga as We Know It: The Development of Physical Practices of Yoga

Video with Dr Mark Singleton on Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Talk given at the Advaya event ‘Beyond Asana: Asceticism, Alchemy, & The Tangled Roots Of Yoga’, a lecture series exploring the history & philosophy of Yoga

Talk Description:
A talk by Mark Singleton on the physical practices of yoga. A general history of āsana, including the modern.


About the Speaker:
Mark Singleton works on yoga in tradition and modernity. He was research assistant to Elizabeth De Michelis at Cambridge University’s Dharam Hinduja Institute of Indic Research in 2002-3, and went on to complete a Ph.D at Cambridge’s Faculty of Divinity. He taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses at St. John’s College (Santa Fe, New Mexico) for seven years, and has been a senior long-term research scholar at the American Institute of Indian Studies, based in Jodhpur (Rajasthan, India). He was a consultant and catalogue author for the 2013 exhibition ‘Yoga: The Art of Transformation’ at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.. He is currently a senior researcher at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, and is working on a five-year European Research Council-funded project entitled ‘The Hatha Yoga Project: Mapping Indian and Transnational Traditions of Physical Yoga through Philology and Ethnography’, in collaboration with two other scholars on this site (James Mallinson and Jason Birch). His books include Yoga in the Modern World (Routledge 2008, ed. with Jean Byrne); Yoga Body, The Origins of Modern Posture Practice (OUP 2010); Gurus of Modern Yoga (OUP 2014, ed. with Ellen Goldberg); and Roots of Yoga (forthcoming Penguin Classics 2016, with James Mallinson). He has also written articles, book chapters and encyclopedia entries on yoga.

Dr. Singleton was featured on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Secret History of Yoga’.

Dr Mark Singleton #

Mark Singleton works on yoga in tradition and modernity. He was research assistant to Elizabeth De Michelis at Cambridge University’s Dharam Hinduja Institute of Indic Research in 2002-3, and went on to complete a PhD at Cambridge’s Faculty of Divinity.

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