NOT that there's anything wrong with modern physical yoga asana practice!
This is a great book for the yogi interested in reading about how modern yoga developed in India and made its way to the West.
To make his thesis more interesting Singleton goes further but in doing so makes a number of claims that are inaccurate.
The author of the book rightly points out that postural asans are not end of traditional yoga practice. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rain
This book, in addition to providing a detailed history of yoga, eloquently and convincingly makes the case that what we call "yoga" today is a hybrid of some ancient Hindu... Read morePublished 3 months ago by leslie g stuck
I have been unable to reconcile many of the things I've read & heard about where our current form of yoga comes from and how old it is. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Loving mysteries, yoga & pilates
I find this a mediocre book and a cop-out. A real book examines the similarities and differences between classical yoga, asana, and modern gymnastics / postural practices and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Urban Baba
Info is great, but not necessary to write in such a manner that you need to have a dictionary near by. And I'm a well educated personPublished 7 months ago by Amy Lunderville
This book argues that modern hatha yoga is mostly a product of the colonial and post colonial era and has relatively little connection with classical hatha yoga. Read morePublished 8 months ago by arehs
This is the best history of yoga that I've read. I question the author's claim that modern yoga practice owes more to European gymnastics than ancient Indian teachings. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Michael
As others have pointed out, the central thesis has been debunked by Oxford scholar James Mallinson.
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In a nutshell: Mark Singleton dispels the myth of yoga as a 5,000-year-old, "ancient" practice and gets us closer to a different reality. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jeannette Belliveau