Roots of Yoga, book, James Mallinson, Mark Singleton

James Mallinson book : Roots of Yoga

Roots of Yoga
by James Mallinson and Mark Singleton

Yoga is to be known through yoga. Yoga arises from yoga. One who is vigilant by means of yoga delights in yoga for a long time Yoga is hugely popular around the world today, yet until now little has been known of its roots.

This Roots of Yoga book collects, for the first time, core teachings of yoga in their original form, translated and edited by two of the world's foremost scholars of the subject.

Roots of Yoga includes a wide range of texts from different schools of yoga, languages and eras: among others, key passages from the early Upanisads and the Mahabharata, and from the Tantric, Buddhist and Jaina traditions, with many pieces in scholarly translation for the first time.

Covering yoga's varying definitions across systems, models of the esoteric and physical bodies, and its most important practices, such as posture, breath control, sensory withdrawal and meditation, Roots of Yoga is a unique and essential source of knowledge.

Roots of Yoga is translated and edited with an introduction by James Mallinson and Mark Singleton.


Roots of Yoga, book, James Mallinson, Mark Singleton

ASIN : 0241253047
Publisher : Penguin Classics; 1st edition (26 Jan. 2017)
Language : English
Paperback : 592 pages
ISBN-10 : 9780241253045
ISBN-13 : 978-0241253045
Dimensions : 19.56 x 12.7 x 2.79 cm


This book translates and explains the many, early originating texts and their approaches to yoga and traditions. This way you can see the many differing opinions and directions given by the early masters. Some of the pranayama prescriptions are quite tortuous! Anyway this book will give a more objective and educated view on yoga and its development through the time


As a beginner to yoga history I enjoyed this comprehensive book with good commentaries on ancient texts


This book is fascinating and as a yoga instructor and teacher trainer I loved getting the deep background of concepts and practices that we use every day in our practices. Definitely a scholarly work and somewhat challenging, it will serve as a reference for my continued exploration of yogic practices and philosophy. I am grateful for their diligence and depth.

About the authors James Mallinson & Mark Singleton

James Mallinson is Senior Lecturer in Sanskrit and Classical Indian Civilization at SOAS, University of London. He has edited and translated several texts on hathayoga from the eleventh to fifteenth centuries CE. He has also spent several years living with traditional Hindu ascetics and yogis in India and in 2013 he was honoured with the title of 'mahant' by the Ramanandi Sampradaya.

Mark Singleton is Senior Research Fellow in the department of Languages and Cultures of South Asia, SOAS, University of London. He was a consultant and catalogue author for the 2013 exhibition 'Yoga: The Art of Transformation' at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, and has served as co-chair of the Yoga in Theory and Practice Group at the American Academy of Religions. His previous publications include three edited volumes of yoga scholarship and the book Yoga Body, the Origins of Modern Posture Practice.

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