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South Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

Dr Mark Singleton

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South Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Research Associate

Centre of Yoga Studies


Dr Mark Singleton
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Mark Singleton’s research interests lie in the intersection of tradition and modernity in yoga. He was a research assistant at the Dharam Hinduja Institute of Indic Research, University of Cambridge, in 2002-3, and went on to complete a Ph.D at Cambridge’s Faculty of Divinity on the modern history of yoga. During this time he also began the formal study of Sanskrit. He taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses at St. John’s College (Santa Fe, New Mexico) between 2006 and 2013.

He has been a senior long-term research scholar at the American Institute of Indian Studies, based in Jodhpur (Rajasthan, India), and was a consultant and catalogue author for the 2013 exhibition ‘Yoga: The Art of Transformation’ at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.. He served as co-chair of the Yoga Consultation at the American Academy of Religions from 2012 to 2015. He is co-manager of the Modern Yoga Research website.

His books include Yoga in the Modern World (Routledge 2008, ed. with Jean Byrne); Yoga Body, The Origins of Modern Posture Practice (Oxford University Press 2010); Gurus of Modern Yoga (Oxford University Press 2014, ed. with Ellen Goldberg); and Roots of Yoga (Penguin Classics, January 2017, with Dr. James Mallinson). He has also written articles, book chapters and encyclopedia entries on yoga.

His work in the Haṭha Yoga Project focuses primarily on the history of physical practices that were incorporated into or associated with yoga in pre-colonial India. He is collaborating with partners at the Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, on a history of the yogic art and manuscript collections there (from the reign of Maharaja Man Singh, 1803-1843). He is also involved in the critical editing of three of the project’s core texts (the Yogacintāmaṇi, Haṭhasaṃketacandrikā and Haṭhābhyāsapaddhati).


Conducting full-time research 2015-2020.


The modern and pre-modern history of yoga.


Authored Books

Mallinson, James and Singleton, Mark (2017) Roots of Yoga. London: Penguin Books.

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


Birch, Jason and Singleton, Mark (2019) 'The Yoga of the Haṭhābhyāsapaddhati: Haṭhayoga on the Cusp of Modernity'. Journal of Yoga Studies, (2) 1, pp 3-70.

Book Chapters

Singleton, Mark (2017) 'The Spiritual Body in Twentieth-Century Yoga'. Proceedings of the International Workshop, 'Modernization and Spiritual, Mental and Physical Practices: From Yoga to Reiki'. Kyoto: Kyoto University Research Information Repository, Institute for Research in Humanities, (Jinbunken), Kyoto University. [Forthcoming]

Singleton, Mark (2017) 'David Frawley and Vedic Yoga'. In the name of the Veda: Referring to Vedic Authority in India and Abroad. Abingdon; New York: Routledge. [Forthcoming]

Singleton, Mark (2016) 'Introduction to Telo joge: koreni moderne posturalne prakse'. Telo joge: koreni moderne posturalne prakse. Belgrade: Neopress Publishing.

Singleton, Mark (2015) 'Yoga and physical culture: Transnational history and blurred discursive contexts'. In: Jacobsen, Knut A., (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Contemporary India. London: Routledge, pp 172-184.


Singleton, Mark (2017) 'Translation of article 'Religious Modernity', by Sébastian Tank-Storper' Dictionnaire des faits religieux [English Edition]. [Forthcoming]


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