Thursday November 1nd, 7:00-9:00 and Saturday November 3rd, 1:30-3:00
Held at Kelowna Yoga House.
Mark Singleton is a yoga teacher in the Iyengar and Satyananda traditions. He has a Ph.D in Divinity from Cambridge University and has published extensively on modern yoga, including the first collection of scholarship on the topic, Yoga in the Modern World (2008), Gurus of Modern Yoga (2012) and the ground-breaking study of the modern history of āsana, Yoga Body, The Origins of Modern Posture Practice. Mark has also written for the New York Times, Vanity Fair and Yoga Journal
It’s often said that yoga is a 5000 year old tradition from India. In some respects this is true. But what about the practices we do today? Is there really a direct link to the ancient past, or is the story more complicated? Today yoga is virtually synonymous in the West with the practice of āsana. And yet, in spite of the immense popularity of yoga worldwide, there is little evidence that āsana has ever been the primary aspect of any Indian yoga practice tradition in the way it is today—including the medieval, body-oriented hatha yoga. How did this strange situation come about? What can we learn from the modern history of āsana? And what does it mean for our practice today?
What People Say About Mark’s Book:
“Mark Singleton is one of the most valuable, vocal and articulate advocates for yoga practitioners and yoga scholars to put aside their differences and engage the questions that bear upon their shared interests. His writing and teaching provide a bridge between the concerns of academia and those of practice…
[His book is] the best effort yet to free yoga from fundamentalism…I recommend Mark Singleton’s Yoga Body with enormous gratitude and equal enthusiasm.” Susan Maier-Moul, Editor, The Magazine of Yoga
“His work offers a much needed historical perspective that will help correct much of the mythology and group-think that is emerging in the modern āsana based ‘yoga world’. Any serious āsana practitioner who wishes to understand the place of āsana in the greater tradition of yoga will do well to read it carefully.”
Gary Kraftsow, founder of the American Viniyoga Institute, author of Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation.
“This book should be required reading for every yoga teacher in the US today. Not only does it deepen our understanding of yoga history, it is intriguing in its analysis of a complex and compelling subject as well.” Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D.
Lecture by Mark Singleton author of Yoga Body
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