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Roots of Yoga by James Mallinson and Mark Singleton

The Roots of Yoga - James Mallinson
In conversation with Mukti Jain Campion (of CultureWise, producer of BBC Radio 4 documentaries)

Date: 24 April 2017Time: 6:30 PM

Finishes: 24 April 2017Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Book Launch

Chaired by: Graham Burns (Yoga Campus) 


Roots of Yoga is an extensive collection of annotated translations on the practice of yoga, drawn from over a hundred texts in multiple languages, and from diverse regions and periods, many of which have been translated for the first time. The book has eleven chapters, arranged thematically to reflect important practices of yoga (e.g. posture, breath-control, meditation) and the results of these practices (e.g. yogic powers, liberation). Still other chapters provide additional context for practice and its results (e.g. definitions of yoga, preliminaries, theories of the yogic body). Although this is primarily a source book of yoga traditions, it provides many new insights into the development and transformation of yoga practices across periods and traditions. 


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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