Some Recently Published Scholarly Books on Yoga

Pierce Salguero

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 www.piercesalguero.com.
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!

Premodern 

The Origins of Yoga and Tantra: Indic Religions to the Thirteenth Century, Geoffrey Samuel https://www.amazon.com/Origins-Yoga-Tantra-Religions-Thirteenth/dp/0521695341

Kiss of the Yogini: “Tantric Sex” in its South Asian Contexts, David Gordon White https://www.amazon.com/Kiss-Yogini-Tantric-South-Contexts/dp/0226894843

The Alchemical Body: Siddha Traditions in Medieval India, David Gordon White https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0226894991

The “Yoga Sutra of Patanjali”: A Biography, David Gordon White https://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Sutra-Patanjali-Biography-Religious-ebook/dp/B00I1OV9OS

Modern 

Sinister Yogis, David Gordon White https://www.amazon.com/Sinister-Yogis-David-Gordon-White/dp/0226895149

A History of Modern Yoga: Patanjali and Western Esotericism, Elizabeth De Michelis https://www.amazon.com/History-Modern-Yoga-Patanjali-Esotericism/dp/0826487726

Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice, Mark Singleton https://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Body-Origins-Posture-Practice/dp/0195395344

Selling Yoga: From Counterculture to Pop Culture, Andrea Jain https://www.amazon.com/Selling-Yoga-Counterculture-Pop-Culture/dp/019939024X

21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics, and Practice, Carol Horton
https://www.amazon.com/21st-Century-Yoga-Politics-Practice/dp/0615617603

Yoga Ph.D.: Integrating the Life of the Mind and the Wisdom of the Body, Carol Horton
https://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Ph-D-Integrating-Life-Wisdom/dp/0615622364

The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America, Stefanie Syman
https://www.amazon.com/Subtle-Body-Story-Yoga-America/dp/B0058M5TWO

Yoga in Modern India: The Body Between Science and Philosophy,  Joseph S. Alter
https://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Modern-India-Between-Philosophy/dp/8178223244/

Theory and Practice of Yoga: Essays in Honour of Gerald James Larson, Knut A. Jacobsen
https://www.amazon.com/Theory-Practice-Yoga-Essays-Honour/dp/8120832329/

Yoga: The art of Transformation, Debra Diamond, David Gordon White, Tamara Sears and Carl Ernst (eds.)
https://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Art-Transformation-Debra-Diamond/dp/1588344592/

Primary Sources

The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali: A New Edition, Translation, and Commentary, Edwin F. Bryant  https://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Sutras-Patañjali-Translation-Commentary/dp/0865477361

Yoga in Practice, David Gordon White (ed.) https://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Practice-Princeton-Readings-Religions-ebook/dp/B0066AAYBI

Roots of Yoga, James Mallinson and Mark Singleton (eds.)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0241253047/

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