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Singleton, Mark (2020) 'Early Hatha Yoga.' In: O'Brien-Kop, Karen and Newcombe, Suzanne, (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Yoga and Meditation Studies. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, pp. 120-129.

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This chapter gives a concise overview of the early development of haṭhayoga, from its origins in the eleventh century through to the locus classicus of haṭha, the Haṭhapradīpikā (c. 1450). The method is primarily textual criticism, and based on recent advances in scholarship. The study is founded on a corpus of early texts – some of which call their yoga haṭha and some of which do not – that contributed to the formation of fully-fledged haṭhayoga. Also considered are earlier precursors of haṭha, including ancient ascetic traditions and tantra. Finally, the chapter briefly touches upon some later medieval developments in haṭhayoga, contemporary Indian ascetic understandings of the term and the contemporary globalisation of haṭhayoga.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics
ISBN: 9781138484863
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Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2021 16:46
Funders: European Union

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