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Haven t finished this, but so far finding it a terrific distillation of yoga s many roots The authors go back to Upanishadic and even the few Vedic references and travel forward to the 16th 17th centuries The other editor, Mark Singleton, is the author of Yoga Body The Origins of Modern Posture Practice, which discusses the ways in which what some call Modern Postural Yoga MPY is a fairly recent phenomenon, in fact littlethan 100 years old I m hoping for a book about the time betw Haven t finished this, but so far finding it a terrific distillation of yoga s many roots The authors go back to Upanishadic and even the few Vedic references and travel forward to the 16th 17th centuries The other editor, Mark Singleton, is the author of Yoga Body The Origins of Modern Posture Practice, which discusses the ways in which what some call Modern Postural Yoga MPY is a fairly recent phenomenon, in fact littlethan 100 years old I m hoping for a book about the time between, roughly the 18th 20th centuries, and the effect European shock and distaste had on the yogic practices they witnessed.Each chapter topics include Posture, Breath Control, The Yogic Body, Yogic Seals, Mantra summarizes teachings from various traditions regarding those topics and gives examples from a wide but not overwhelming range of yoga s vast literature.I m reading it on an iPad using iBooks, and find all the footnotes and intra document links take you out and back into the book s main body smoothly I have generally bought hardcover or paperback non fiction books because I felt it was easier to take go back and forth between indexes and notes and the book, but this book has really changed my view on e books for weighty subjects.Not that this is so hard to read I m no student of Sanskrit, but the translations read as very clear and concise, and the editors write with equal clarity This publication is bomb Essential like the borges library of babel in its scope brueghelian in its breadth this anthology decentralizes any monolithic assumptions about the roots of yoga and puts a cornucopia in its place. Haven t finished, but know what it offers in case I will decide to learn about yoga in scholarly manner What is beautiful in this book is INCREDIBLE breadth of examples of ancient texts as wellas overview of many directions that the practice took over the centuries. [ Read Pdf ] ♺ Roots of Yoga ♦ 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 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 It 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 knowledgeTranslated and edited with an introduction by James Mallinson and Mark Singleton Spirit Rock YTT required reading Showcases the latest research on the history and interpretation of Yoga Essential reading if you re serious about yoga. This is a serious book for a serious yoga student A must read work on the history of yoga as theory and practice Both James and Mark have spent years in the field in India researching and practicing themselves yoga disciplines and came in contact with many well known and some obscure yoga practitioners and gurus.