Dr Mark Singleton

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Mark Singleton works yoga in tradition and modernity, and currently teaches at St. John’s College, Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was research assistant to Elizabeth De Michelis in 2003-4, and went on to complete a Ph.D on modern yoga at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. His monograph Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice (Oxford University Press, 2010) is based on his Ph.D thesis, and charts the development of modern modes of postural yoga practice from c.1875 to c.1940. Other publications include thirteen entries on ‘Modern Yoga’ for Routledge’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism (2009); a guest-edited yoga issue of the journal Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity (2007); and two co-edited books, Yoga in the Modern World: Contemporary Perspectives (Routledge 2008) and Gurus of Modern Yoga (Oxford University Press, 2014). He is currently working with Dr. James Mallinson on a sourcebook of yoga texts from the Indian traditions, entitled Roots of Yoga.


In preparation (with Dr. James Mallinson) The Roots of Yoga: A Sourcebook from the Indic Traditions.

2014 – (ed. with Ellen Goldberg) Gurus of Modern Yoga, Oxford University Press USA. This book includes a chapter co-written by Mark Singleton and Tara Fraser and entitled ‘T. Krishnamacharya, ”Father of Modern Yoga”’.

2013 – ‘Body at the Centre: The Postural Yoga Renaissance and Transnational Flows’ in Beatrix Hauser (ed.) Yoga Traveling: Bodily Practice in Transcultural Perspective (Heidelberg: Springer), pp. 37-56. You can download the PDF here.

2012 – ‘The Medium and the Message: Visual Reproduction and the Yogasana Revival’, in V. Lo and R. Yoeli-Tlalim (eds.) Sports, Medicine and Immortality: from Ancient China to the World Wide Web (London: British Museum).

2012 – ‘Yoga Makaranda of T. Krishnamacharya’, in D.G. White (ed.), Yoga in Practice (Princeton University Press), pp.337-352.

2010 – Yoga Body, The Origins of Modern Posture Practice (Oxford University Press).

2009 – ‘Modern Yoga’, in K.A. Jacobsen (ed.) Encyclopedia of Hinduism (Leiden: Brill).

2008 – (ed. with Jean Byrne) Yoga in The Modern World: Contemporary Perspectives (London; New York: Routledge Hindu Studies Series).

2008 – ‘The Classical Reveries of Modern Yoga: Patañjali and Constructive Orientalism’, in Singleton and Byrne (eds). (See above.)

2008 – ‘Introduction: Putting the Modern in Modern Yoga’, in Singleton and Byrne (eds). (See above.)

2008 – ‘The Eastern Classics Program at St. John’s College’, in T. de Bary (ed.) Classics for an Emerging World: Proceeding of the Conference at Columbia University.

2007 – (Ed.) Asian Medicine, Tradition and Modernity (Special Yoga Issue) 3.1 (Leiden: Brill).

2007 – ‘Suggestive Therapeutics: New Thought’s Relationship to Modern Yoga’ in Asian Medicine, Tradition and Modernity, 3.1: 64-84.

2007 – ‘Lure of the Fallen Seraphim: Sovereignty and Sacrifice in James Joyce and Georges Bataille’, James Joyce Quarterly, 44.2 (Winter), 303-323.

2007 – ‘Yoga, Eugenics and Spiritual Darwinism in the Early Twentieth Century’. International Journal of Hindu Studies, 11.2: 125-146.

2007 – ‘British Wheel of Yoga’ in D. Cush, C. Robinson and M.York (eds.) Encyclopedia of Hinduism, (London and New York: Curzon-Routledge): 123-3.

2007 – ‘Choudhury, Bikram (b. 1946)’ in D.Cush et al (eds.): 142.

2007 – ‘Desikachar, T.K.V. and Viniyoga’ in D. Cush et al (eds.): 178.

2007 – ‘Indra Devi (1900-2002)’ in D. Cush et al (eds.): 369-70.

2007 – ‘Iyengar, B.K.S. (b. 1918) and Iyengar Yoga’ in D. Cush et al (eds.): 380-1.

2007 – ‘Krishnamacharya, T. (1888-1989)’ in D. Cush et al (eds.): 424.

2007 – ‘Kuvalayananda, Swami (1883-1966) and Kaivalyadhama’ in D. Cush et al (eds.): 441-2.

2007 – ‘Jois, K. Pattabhi and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga’ in D. Cush et al (eds.): 393.

2007 – ‘Satchidananda, Swami and Integral Yoga’ in D. Cush et al (eds.): 769.

2007 – ‘Satyananda, Swami (b. 1923) and the Bihar School of Yoga’ in D. Cush et al (eds.): 776.

2007 – ‘Vishnudevananda (1927-93) and Sivananda Yoga’ in D. Cush et al (eds.): 960-1.

2007 – ‘Yogendra, Shri (1897-1989) and the Yoga Institute, Santa Cruz’: 1041-2.

2007 – ‘Yoga, Modern’ in D. Cush et al (eds.): 1033-1038.

2006 – Review of Joseph Alter’s Yoga in Modern India, in Asian Medicine, Tradition and Modernity, 2.1: 91-93.

2005 – ‘Salvation Through Relaxation: Proprioceptive Therapy in Relation to Yoga’, Journal of Contemporary Religion 20, 3 (2005) 289-304.


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