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Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice

Mark Singleton


Yoga Body charts the rise of postural yoga (āsana) in popular imagination and practice from the middle of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the Second World War. This period saw the forging of a postural canon that gave shape to what is today popularly accepted as the practical substance of “yoga.” Prior to these modern innovations, yoga was rarely (if ever) conceived primarily in these terms. How did this situation come about? How did yoga become the health‐ and fitness‐oriented phenomenon we see today? This book offers explanations of the genesis, status and function of ... More

Keywords: yoga, modern yoga, modern postural yoga, ha?ha yoga, aṣṭāṅga yoga, physical culture, gymnastics, bodybuilding, Hinduism, modern Hinduism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195395358
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395358.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Singleton, author