Mark Singleton on Yoga Body (#66) By Jacob Kyle Posted on February 2, 2018 #Research#Yoga About the Guest: Mark Singleton gained his Ph.D in Divinity from the University of Cambridge. He has published extensively on the history of yoga, including the books Yoga in the Modern World, Contemporary Perspectives (ed., 2008); Yoga Body, the Origins of Modern Posture Practice (2010); and Gurus of Modern Yoga (ed., 2014), as well as many book chapters and articles. Most recent is the book Roots of Yoga (2017, with James Mallinson), a unique compendium of yoga practice texts translated from Sanskrit and several other languages. He taught for six years at St John’s College (Santa Fe, New Mexico), and was a Senior Long-Term Research Scholar at the American Institute of Indian Studies, based in Jodhpur (Rajasthan, India). He was a consultant and catalogue author for the Smithsonian exhibition, Yoga the Art of Transformation‚ in 2013. He is currently Senior Research Fellow at SOAS, University of London, where he works on the European Research Council-funded Hatha Yoga Project (hyp.soas.ac.uk), which seeks to map the history of hatha yoga from its origins to modern times. He is also a practitioner of yoga and holds several teaching qualifications. In this episode, we discussed: The premise and focus of Mark’s book Yoga BodyThe evolution of postural yogaThe meaning of vernacular yogaHow/why modern yoga can be defined as a ‘renaissance’ and how this term is problamaticHow the terms ‘participant experiencer’ and ‘scholar practitioner’ differ in meaningHow the concept of yoga can be described as constructionist vs essentialist, and how practitioners’ worldview can include both. Take the podcast with you Subscribe in your favourite app Read more like this #Philosophy #Psychology #Research Positive Neuroplasticity: The Neuroscience of Minduflness The function of the nervous system is to process information, and the brain is constantly changing – both functionally and structurally – due to the information coursing through it. By Rick Hanson #Philosophy #Yoga Yoga Apologia My forthcoming considerations may be seen as situated in a tradition of apologetics, if we understand something different by that word. By Jacob Kyle #MindBody Studies #Research #Social Justice Queering / Querying the Body: Sensation and Curiosity in Disrupting Body Norms Queering/querying the body provides a means for disrupting social norms of the body; not by expanding the repertoire of socially acceptable bodily expressions, but by working to disable the act of body norming itself. By Rae Johnson #Psychology #Research Healing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with Kundalini Yoga and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy PTSD is a body/mind illness diagnosed in military and civilian populations worldwide. By Julie K. Staples Ph.D.