Yoga is so prevalent in the modern worldpracticed by pop stars, taught in schools, and offered in yoga centers, health clubs, and even shopping mallsthat we take its presence, and its meaning, for granted. But how did the current yoga boom happen? And is it really rooted in ancient Indian practices, as many of its adherents claim?
In this groundbreaking book, Mark Singleton...more
I had to add the subtitle, b/c for some reason goodreads didn't. And it's really pretty important, imo. Because this is NOT just another yoga history book that focuses on the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita and blahdeblah. This is an incredibly documented history of *modern* yoga practice - the practice you get at Yoga Tree or Yoga Mayu or wherever the heck you practice in whatever city you live. Whatever the lineage you practice! Ashtanga, Vi ...more
Sadly, I've still not seen ...more
I thought of this process time after time reading Yoga Body. It's fascinating to see the tran ...more
He makes a compelling case that the yoga most of us know today, far from being a rediscovered 5000-year-old practice (as many in e.g. the Ashtanga Yoga or Iyengar Yoga businesses might have us belie ...more
As a Yoga teacher it is interesting to read how much the physical revival in Europe influenced Modern Yoga and how Swami Vivekananda, who Singleton says started Modern Yoga, detested Hatha (the physiological aspects of Yoga.) Never in the history has the emphasis in Yoga been so much on Hatha.
There is a chapter dedic ...more
I will be sending my former students a note of apology for the myths and misunderstandings I am guilty of perpetuating.
3 stars for the thing reading like a dissertation, which means many people who might otherwise benefit from the content, might not find the presentation reader friendly.
Anyway, I loved the message and am grateful for the piece ...more
This should be a required text for any series practitioner of modern Asana, as well as ...more
Like another reviewer, I think the whole title is important with this book. It's a social history and interesting and informative. It is, of course, a partial history - it would/will be interesting to see what Mark Singleton would come up with if he traced through other strands of yoga history. I'm waiting for the next installment!