Some Recently Published Scholarly Books on Yoga

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.)

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