Some Recently Published Scholarly Books on Yoga

Pierce Salguero

Dr. Salguero is an interdisciplinary humanities scholar interested in the role of Buddhism in the crosscultural exchange of medical ideas. He has a Ph.D. in History of Medicine from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and teaches Asian history, religion, and culture at Penn State University’s Abington College, located near Philadelphia. He is also a long-time practitioner and teacher of Buddhist meditation, yoga, and traditional Thai medicine. More information about his research and publications is available at
Pierce Salguero

Some recently published books on history yoga (in no particular order). Seems like we’re in a “golden age” of scholarship in this area!


The Origins of Yoga and Tantra: Indic Religions to the Thirteenth Century, Geoffrey Samuel

Kiss of the Yogini: “Tantric Sex” in its South Asian Contexts, David Gordon White

The Alchemical Body: Siddha Traditions in Medieval India, David Gordon White

The “Yoga Sutra of Patanjali”: A Biography, David Gordon White


Sinister Yogis, David Gordon White

A History of Modern Yoga: Patanjali and Western Esotericism, Elizabeth De Michelis

Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice, Mark Singleton

Selling Yoga: From Counterculture to Pop Culture, Andrea Jain

21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics, and Practice, Carol Horton

Yoga Ph.D.: Integrating the Life of the Mind and the Wisdom of the Body, Carol Horton

The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America, Stefanie Syman

Yoga in Modern India: The Body Between Science and Philosophy,  Joseph S. Alter

Theory and Practice of Yoga: Essays in Honour of Gerald James Larson, Knut A. Jacobsen

Yoga: The art of Transformation, Debra Diamond, David Gordon White, Tamara Sears and Carl Ernst (eds.)

Primary Sources

The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali: A New Edition, Translation, and Commentary, Edwin F. Bryantñjali-Translation-Commentary/dp/0865477361

Yoga in Practice, David Gordon White (ed.)

Roots of Yoga, James Mallinson and Mark Singleton (eds.)

Slimming with Yoga

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