Noted yoga scholars Mark Singleton and Jim Mallinson are about to embark on an ambitious and necessary project: to translate and compile a sourcebook of yoga texts from the Indian traditions. The book, Roots of Yoga, will make available for the first time in a single volume many of the most important primary texts of yoga from the ancient through pre-modern ages.
This 5-year research project to edit and translate the five earliest Hatha Yoga texts needs support from the yoga community, and Singleton and Mallinson have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds.
This is how they describe the project:
With Roots of Yoga we hope to help rectify the unreliability and/or inaccessibility of material on yoga by providing a reliable, comprehensive and useable account of yoga’s development through the ages: and all of it in the original words of the root texts themselves. The book will include material on all aspects of yoga practice and philosophy, as conceived by the original practitioners and scholars. It will draw from a variety of traditions in which yoga practices have flourished, including Shaivism, Vaishnavism, Jainism, Buddhism and Islam.
It will also include commentary and notes on the obscurer parts of the text. There will be an extensive introduction outlining the important features of the collection, and situating the texts in the wider historical context. But the main thing will be the texts themselves. We’re hoping that the book will become a first stop for anyone wishing to learn more than they are told at their yoga class, and that it will be an enduring and valuable resource for all serious yoga practitioners.
In an interview with Carol Horton, Singleton said, “It seems to me that practitioners today have only been exposed to a small part of the spectrum as to what yoga is and has been. The texts that we’ll compile in Roots of Yoga will point to many new possibilities. There could be great benefit in entering into a conversation with the past through a collection like this. Hopefully, it will enable a depth of connection with it that hasn’t previously been easily available.”
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