Mark Singleton: yoga practice & history - sat 10 august 2019

Mark Singleton: yoga practice & history - sat 10 august 2019


Yoga Practice & History

with Dr Mark Singleton

A rare opportunity to study with Dr Mark Singleton as he visits his home town of Preston for the Summer.

Morning: Mark will present and discuss with us the results of his extensive research into the history and practice of yoga.

Afternoon: Mark will guide us through a practical yoga session based on this research.

Mark Singleton is Senior Research Fellow at SOAS, University of London, where he is working on a five-year research project on the history of Hatha Yoga.

Mark gained his Ph.D. in Divinity at Cambridge University, and in 2010 he published a revised version of his thesis on the historical contexts of modern yoga, Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice. This book argues that certain forms of modern yoga represent a radical reworking of the hatha yoga tradition, and a new emphasis on asanas, which cross-pollenated with various forms of gymnastics and callisthenics.

In 2017, he co-authored with James Mallinson the book Roots of Yoga, an extensive collection of translations of over one hundred yoga texts, mainly from Sanskrit but also including Tibetan, Arabic, Persian, Bengali, Tamil, Pali, Kashmiri, and early forms of Marathi and Hindi. Its eleven themed chapters cover many of the traditional practices of yoga (such as āsana, prāṇāyāma, mudrā, meditation, and mantra) as well as essential contexts for practising yoga (such as preliminaries to yoga practice, the 'yogic body', special powers (siddhi), and liberation (mokṣa)). 

He has published three edited collections of yoga scholarship (2008, 2009, 2014), and many scholarly articles on yoga. His work has featured in the Independent, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Yoga Journal, and on BBC Radio 4. He holds teaching qualifications in the Iyengar and Satyananda schools. 

Essential CPD for Yoga Teachers.  Accessible for all. 

Saturday 10th August 2019. 10-4pm.

Venue: Whittle-le-Woods Village Hall, PR6 7LN.