1272 St Paul St
Kelowna, BC V1Y 2C9
Thursday November 1nd 7:00-9:00 and Saturday November 3rd, 1:30-3:00
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?
Lecture by Mark Singleton author of Yoga Body