‘The History of Modern Yoga’ lecture by Mark Singleton

‘The History of Modern Yoga’ lecture by Mark Singleton

In August 2011, Dr Mark Singleton gave a lecture on “The History of Modern Yoga” based on his book ‘Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice‘. His lecture summarised the development of modern modes of postural yoga practice from c.1875 to c.1940, highlighting the influences of modern Indian nationalism and western gymnastic traditions. It is interesting how what is, for many, a very spiritual practice can be challenged by an academic perspective on its development.