Modern yoga studies

 
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Popular articles, reviews and interviews with scholars

Books

Alter, Joseph S. 2004. Yoga in Modern India: The Body between Science and Philosophy. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.

De Michelis, Elizabeth. 2004. A History of Modern Yoga: Patañjali and Western Esotericism. London: Continuum.

Hauser, Beatrix. (Ed.) 2013. Yoga Traveling: Bodily Practice in Transcultural Perspective. Heidelberg: Springer.

Singleton, Mark. 2010. Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice. New York: Oxford University Press.

Singleton, Mark & Byrne, Jean (Eds.). 2008. Yoga in the Modern World: Contemporary Perspectives. London: Routledge.

Singleton, Mark & Goldberg, Ellen. (Eds.). 2014. Gurus of Modern Yoga. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Sjoman, Norman E. 1996. The Yoga Tradition of the Mysore Palace. New Delhi: Shakti Malik & Abhinav Publications.

White, David Gordon (Ed.). 2012 (released 2011). Yoga in Practice. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University of Press. Free sample chapter on publisher’s website: David Gordon White’s introduction, “Yoga, Brief History of an Idea” (pp.1-23).

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Articles

Alter, Joseph S. 2004. “Indian Clubs and Colonialism: Hindu Masculinity and Muscular Christianity”, Comparative Studies in Society and History 46(3):497-534. Abstract only; full-text paid access.

Alter, Joseph S. 2005. “Modern Medical Yoga: Struggling with a History of Magic, Alchemy and Sex”, Asian Medicine – Tradition and Modernity 1(1):119-146. Abstract only; full-text paid access.

Alter, Joseph S. 2006. “Yoga at the Fin de Siècle: Muscular Christianity with a ‘Hindu’ Twist”, International Journal of the History of Sport 23(5):759-776. Abstract only; full-text paid access.

De Michelis, Elizabeth. 2007. “A Preliminary Survey of Modern Yoga Studies”, Asian Medicine – Tradition and Modernity 3(1):1-19. Abstract only; full-text paid access.

Green, Nile. 2008. “Breathing in India, c. 1890”, Modern Asian Studies 42(2/3):283-315. Abstract only; full-text paid access.

Newcombe, Suzanne. 2009. “The Development of Modern Yoga: A Survey of the Field”, Religion Compass 3(6):986-1002. Abstract only; full-text paid access.

Singleton, Mark. 2007. “Suggestive Therapeutics: New Thought’s Relationship to Modern Yoga”, Asian Medicine – Tradition and Modernity 3(1):64-84-19. Abstract only; full-text paid access.

Singleton, Mark. 2007. “Yoga, Eugenics and Spiritual Darwinism in the Early Twentieth Century”, International Journal of Hindu Studies 11(2):125-146. First page only; full-text paid access.

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Papers

Nevrin, Klas. n.d. “Performing the Yogasutra – Towards a Methodology for Studying Recitation in Modern Hatha Yoga”, revised version of a paper presented at the Ritual Practices in Indian Religions and Contexts Conference, Lund, 9-12 December 2004. Open access.

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Websites

Modern Yoga Research – Excellent resource on modern and premodern yoga studies, bringing together leading scholars in the field. It provides brief biographies, and lists publications and conferences.

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Research projects

Yoga in Theory and Practice Group – International consultation group of the American Academy of Religion that “seeks to elucidate the religious and sectarian representations of yoga in South Asian history and the profoundly fascinating contemporary yoga culture that has emerged in the past century. […I]t examines the relative pervasiveness of spiritual and religious ideologies in manifest or latent forms within the contemporary yoga scene, and the overarching sociological relevance of yoga within global culture”.

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Popular articles, reviews and interviews with scholars

Doniger, Wendy. 2011. “The Real Roots of Yoga”, The Times Literary Supplement,  
2 March 2011. Available here.

Maier-Moul, Susan. 2010a. “Conversation: Mark Singleton – Translations, Belief Frameworks and Modern Yoga Practice”, The Magazine of Yoga, 12 October 2010. [First part of an interview with Mark Singleton. The Magazine of Yoga is no longer online, but a pdf version of the interview can still be accessed here].

Maier-Moul, Susan. 2010b. “Mark Singleton, Part Two – Translations, Belief Frameworks and Modern Yoga Practice, Continued”, The Magazine of Yoga, 13 October 2010. [Second part of an interview with Mark Singleton. The Magazine of Yoga is no longer online, but a pdf version of the interview can still be accessed here].

Maier-Moul, Susan. 2010c. “Conversation: David Gordon White – Yoga Sutra Superstar: Is Patanjali All Hype?”, The Magazine of Yoga, 9 November 2010. [First part of an interview with David Gordon White. The Magazine of Yoga is no longer online, but e-mail me if you would like a pdf version of the interview].

Maier-Moul, Susan. 2010d. “David Gordon White, Part Two – Just the Facts, Ma’am”, 
The Magazine of Yoga, 10 November 2010. [Second part of an interview with David Gordon White. The Magazine of Yoga is no longer online, but e-mail me if you would like a pdf version of the interview].

Michaels, Axel. 2011. “Auf der westöstlichen Übungsmatte: Yoga als Erzeugnis eines fortgesetzten Kulturaustauschs” (online), Neue Zürcher Zeitung , Saturday 21 May 2011, nr.118, p.65. Newspaper print version (pdf).

Nanda, Meera. 2011a. “Not as Old as You Think”, Open, 12 February 2011.

Nanda, Meera. 2011b. “The Ludicrousness of Taking Back Yoga”, Open, 26 February 2011.

Thomas, Priya. 2011. “Yoga in Practice: In and Out of the Labyrinth with Historian David Gordon White”, Shivers up the Spine: The Yoga Examiner, 18 December 2011. [Interview with David Gordon White].

Thomas, Priya. 2012. “A Kind of Yogic Quest for Viveka – Mark Singleton on Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice”, Shivers up the Spine: The Yoga Examiner
25 February 2012. [Interview with Mark Singleton].

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